Making Christmas a magical time of year is something I think we are all trying our hardest to do in the hustle and bustle of organising and shopping and all the other things we need to do before we have some much needed time off. Although I’ve been off uni for a week now (no exams for me) I still feel like I’ve forgotten to do something. This is where checklists are particularly helpful and this one from Bettys of Harrogate is fab. Yes, I know it starts from four weeks but honestly if you’re feeling a bit behind it will get you up to date with what you still need to get done.
One of the things that makes Christmas magical for me is all the food. If you know me, then you’ll know that I love my food (I think Lorelai Gilmore is my spirit animal) and Christmas is the best time of year for having chocolate for breakfast and treats that you only have at that time of year. Bettys were kind enough to send me all the goodies you see in my photographs. The stollen (top, left) is a favourite of my husband’s and as I write this is almost finished. For those of you that maybe don’t know, stollen is a fruit loaf with marzipan in it – I know it sounds vile but he likes it which is all that matters. I was also sent a chocolate Christmas pudding (top, middle), which was demolished within 5 minutes of the photo being taken and three caramel filled chocolate mice (top, right). The biscuits in the bottom picture are lebkuchen which are German spiced and iced biscuits that are similar to gingerbread which are a great treat with a cup of tea.
Basically, a magical Christmas is what you make it and the traditions, food and films that make it a special time of year for you. The Bettys site also has some fab festive recipes as well as ideas for setting your Christmas table and ideas for the perfect Christmas playlist.
What do you do to make your Christmas Magical?
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Disclaimer: This was a collaborative post but all views and opinions are my own.