cue the Christmas music

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It’s Christmas Eve ~ the most wonderful time of the year. After waiting rather impatiently for this day to arrive, I’m now madly panicking at the list of things I need to do today.

But there is nothing for it but to embrace the holiday spirit and what better way than with some Christmas music. Naturally I’ve turned to my old friend Spotify to deliver the festive goods with their classic playlist.

While you’re listening, perhaps wrapping some presents or whipping up some festive fare in the kitchen, impress your friends with this series of facts about holiday songs and don’t forget to read aloud ‘Twas the night before Christmas.

And I want to take this moment, too, to wish you all a wonderful and safe Christmas and may 2015 be everything you want it to be.

I’ll be back this weekend with some zesty reading to finish off the year!

christmas cheer … in a glass


It’s a festive time of year and it’s always nice to put a little something special in your glass. I’m trying to convince the Mr to buy me one of those lovely glass drink dispensers with the tap at the bottom but the query is always “But what will you put in it?”

How about one of these concoctions?

And in case you’re wondering, I have a whole Pinterest board of drinks here.



come floating through the air

We don’t have many Christmas traditions in our part of the world but this for me is one ~ the annual viewing of The Snowman.

This simple film touches my heart each and every time, every corner of it is beautiful and full of wonder.

So I’m rehashing my post from several years ago. I thought I would share this Christmas Eve but as we are all typically bugging out by then and busy with Christmas preparations, I thought why not the set the scene for the week and share it today.

The Snowman is a children’s book by Raymond Briggs, adapted into a short, animated film {both are wordless} and first shown on TV on Christmas Eve in 1982. It was even nominated for an Oscar. In 2012 came the sequel featuring a new little boy and a snow dog.

“I remember that winter because it had brought the heaviest snows I had ever seen. Snow had fallen steadily all night long and in the morning I woke in a room filled with light and silence, the whole world seemed to be held in a dream-like stillness. It was a magical day… and it was on that day I made the Snowman.”

We have the DVD in a set of  three Christmas DVDs given to us one Christmas. Honestly, I thought it was probably from one of the bargain pick-ups you find in a bin near the door. Although we loved it, particularly The Snowman and particularly, for me, the scene above which features the song Walking on the Air. Beautiful song, beautiful film, beautiful illustration.

You can read more about The Snowman here and the film has come into the 21st century with an app which features the updated Snowman and the Snow Dog!

The original links I posted have been removed but there appears to be another version here.

Check out the full website here


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