December … Not Just Christmas

Links to all my Christmas posts including recipes, gift and wrapping ideas, recommended books, films and music, and eco-friendly ways to celebrate the season. Of course, December isn't just about Christmas, so I talk about some other December awareness days.

Eco-Friendly Gift Boxes & Bags – Wrapping Ideas for Christmas

A selection of eco-friendly gift boxes, bags and other sustainable wrapping ideas, including the Japanese art of Furoshiki, fabric and paper bags, reuseable boxes, and seed infused cards and tags.

100 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for all Budgets

Are you looking for eco-friendly, sustainable gift ideas for birthdays, Christmas, and other occasions. I've included 100 experiences, gifts of time, home baked and home made gifts, gifts to help people start their sustainable living journey, subscriptions, and eco-friendly gift boxes.

Food and Drink Treat Boxes by Post – Gift Ideas for Christmas

A selection of food and drink treat boxes that can be sent by post as a gift or to yourself. Includes Blue Box Tea & Coffee, Panda Sweets, Love Corn snacks and Manly Man treats.

An Advent of Christmas Kindness – 25 Ideas for Giving Back on a Budget

My Charity Christmas Advent calendar consists of 25 ideas for Christmas kindness, and will allow you to give to charity during the festive period without breaking your budget.

Zero Waste, Eco-Friendly, Charitable & Money-saving Advent Calendar Ideas

Are you looking to be more charitable, frugal, or eco-friendly in your advent calendar options? Read my ideas for Charity Advent Calendars, Virtual Advent Calendars, DIY Advent Calendars & Reusuable Advent Calendars.

20 Books for Christmas

It's time for this year's 20 Books for Christmas reading challenge. A time when book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and the reading community read a selection of books in the lead up to Christmas. Find out how to join in, and how we like to support authors.

My First Concert – 1982

Experience my first concert as told by my schoolgirl self in December 1982 - The Kinks and The Truth at Guildford Civic Hall as part of the Come Dancing tour.

Chick Lit & Non Fiction Books Set In London

There are 1,000s of fiction and non-fiction books set in London. In this post you will find some of my favourites including Christmas fiction, real life experiences and the latest chick lit and women's fiction set in London.

Book and Magazine Gift and Subscription Boxes

I hope you'll find something wonderful in my guide for mail order gift and subscription boxes for any occasion. Includes books, tea, coffee, snacks, British lifestyle and Happy News gifts, all at affordable prices.

Merry Christmas

Good morning everyone! Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you have a lovely Christmas Day or if you find this time of year a struggle, I hope you will find it at least bearable and will have someone to share it with. Thank you all so much for your support again this year. Thanks … Continue reading Merry Christmas

21 Heartwarming Christmas Reads – Chick Lit & Women Fiction Books

A selection of heartwarming women's fiction and chick lit books perfect for the Christmas season.

Rose Hurles Art

Ad: Gifted – This item was gifted to me in exchange for a review but all words and thoughts are my own. I came across these wonderful prints and cards from Rose Hurles Art recently and as Christmas is approaching I thought I’d share with you all as they’d make perfect gifts. I was more … Continue reading Rose Hurles Art

19 Fabulously Festive Women’s Fiction Books for Christmas Reading

Here are some fabulously festive chick lit and women's Christmas fiction books. Ease away some of the stress and settle down with one of my recommended reads for Christmas time from well known and independently published authors.

How to Survive Blog Challenges – Blogtober

Sharing tips on how to plan, survive and complete blogger challenges such as April Blogging from A-Z, Blogtober, Blogoween, Blogmas, NaBloPoMo, 20 Books for Summer and 20 Books for Christmas.

Get Fit Get Walking in Winter

Updated December 2021 December 20th marks the start of a 2 week period set up by The Ramblers Association called The Festival of Winter Walks.  Its aim is to get people out walking during the festive period and take in the beautiful views across the UK. It's a great way to get fit when you … Continue reading Get Fit Get Walking in Winter

My YouTube Christmas Eve Playlist

My Christmas playlist perfect for Christmas Eve. A great mix of traditional and new Christmas tunes, all with a cool rockabilly, psychobilly and ska vibe.

Free Christmas Reads on Amazon Kindle – Book Reviews

A selection of free Christmas fiction books available on Amazon Kindle, mostly from the women's fiction, romance and chick lit genres.

Recommended Netflix Christmas Movies (UK)

My lowdown on the Netflix Christmas movies for 2020 and years previous.

I Saw the Real Santa Claus

I loved Christmas as a kid, all the magic and the belief in Father Christmas. It's not quite the same as a grown-up is it? That's until I saw the real Santa Claus. Have you ever seen him? Take a look and see what you think. I've been fortunate enough to spend Christmas in California … Continue reading I Saw the Real Santa Claus