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Friday, 9 December 2016

A December To-Do List: In Search of Festive Cheer

In a bid to finally locate my (seemingly lost forever) Christmas spirit, I've made a list of a few small things to do that will hopefully encourage a little bit of festive cheer to wander in my general direction. I've got some gifts I need to wrap and at least part of me is quite looking forward to getting myself into a mess of sticky tape and sparkly gift tags. 




December so far... 
1. I submitted my first MA essay and I'm quite keen to never think about it again. I absolutely adored dipping my toe back into the world of academia, but the essay writing part was a bit of a struggle. To say I'm not confident would be an understatement, but I'm focusing on how I at least managed to get something on to paper. Hopefully, with a little bit of luck, I'll pass and it will be onwards and upwards to the next one. 

2. After a little bit of searching I finally located the tiny tacky tinsel tree that I bought several years ago for 84p and it still seems to be going strong. It's currently adding a touch of festiveness to my desk and it's making me smile. 

3. I bought my Mam a new Christmas tree because she must have had hers since my age was still firmly in single digits. It held up incredibly well considering, but it looked a bit sparse last year so it was definitely time she got a new one this year. 

4. We decorated our Christmas tree and will be happily spending the next month or so tripping over it because it's definitely a bit too big for the space we have. It was nice to see some of our favourite decorations again, some of which I had completely forgotten we had. 


To do throughout the rest of December...
1. I'm making it my mission to make multiple mugs of chocolate orange hot chocolate over the next few weeks and thoroughly enjoy every single one, with no regrets. This time of year can be difficult if food is sometimes a bit of a difficult thing, but just know that if you feel the same I'm with you and we'll get through it. 


2. We're visiting Hogwarts in the Snow next week and I'm fairly sure that if anything is going to inject some festiveness into me, it's going to be the sight of that magnificent castle complete with dusting of powder white snow. If they have Queenie's wand in the gift shop I might find myself quite tempted to buy it but I have absolutely no idea what I would do with it, so perhaps I'll settle for a new keyring and a postcard or two. 

3. My Fitbit stopped working a few weeks ago and I think my generally quite static state since then probably has something to do with this grey cloud over my head. I didn't realise how much of a positive impact a simple fitness tracker had on my life so a few days ago I bought a Fitbit Alta as a replacement. It's fancier than my old one (it actually has a screen!)and I'm looking forward to incorporating more walks back into my routine, even if it means wandering around the house to make sure I hit my step goal each day.  

Do you have any exciting December plans? 
xo

16 comments:

  1. I'm completely the same about my MA. It's such a step up isn't it?! I've gone from being a 1st class student to just wanting to pass. I'm sure we'll both be fine though - and in the mean time, Hogwarts sounds amazing. I want to go in the snow! xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

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    1. The difference is really noticeable, although I must confess I'm really enjoying the freedom to put more of my own ideas into assignments. I have every confidence that you're going to do amazingly well! x

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  2. I went to Hogwarts in the snow a few years ago and it was the loveliest most festive thing ever - I hope you find your festive cheer there! Loads of christmas love from me :) xxx

    The perks of being a hipster –Burt’s Bees Giveaway!

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    1. It was so magical, might have to make it a yearly occurrence! x

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  3. Congrats on submitting your essay! I'm looking forward to finish my week of finals and then not have to think about this semester ever again! // I was so tempted to buy a little potted Christmas tree for the apartment, but my roomie and I will be leaving soon for winter break with our families, so I restrained myself! // I've never had orange hot chocolate before but I hear so much about it! I've been having a lot of plain ol' hot chocolate though :) // Hogwarts in the Snow sounds so exciting!! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  4. An MA sounds like such hard work but you're a clever cookie and I'm sure you'll do fab! Loved reading this list, so happy and Christmassy - if anything will get you in a festive mood it'll be Hogwarts in the Snow, have the best time! x

    Sick Chick Chic

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    1. You were right, I definitely found some festive cheer at Hogwarts! x

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  5. Congratulations on submitting your first MA essay, I'm sure you'll do brilliantly! It's so lovely that you bought your mam a new tree, I hope she enjoys decorating it and I hope you enjoy the rest of the month, Hogwarts in the Snow sounds like the perfect festive treat :) xx

    Toasty

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  6. Ooh, Hogwarts in the snow sounds so magical! I would love to visit too :) I think I might have to re-watch all of the HP films soon! <3 xxx

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    1. You must visit one day, it's so incredibly magical! x

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  7. I'm in need of a bit of christmas cheer too, but wrapping christmas presents always makes me feel a litle bit more festive! *sprinkles christmas cheer* Congrats on submitting your essay + Hogwarts in the Snow sounds amazing! Hope you're having a lovely December so far!

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    1. I hope you had a wonderful December <3

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