Merry Christmas!

Hello there, Merry Christmas to you! This post is my final #Blogmas offering of the year. For the uninitiated, Blogmas is a blog every day in December (up to and including Christmas Day) challenge thingy. I’m pleased to say I made it, I didn’t think I would but I did. So hurrah etc!

I thought it would be an idea to do a quick round up of my five favourite posts from December, just in case you missed any, so here goes…

  1. A piece all about the Christmas magic from my childhood and how we’re creating some for the small boy. It’s lovely.
  2. I made my own snow globes – really easy and so cute.
  3. Elf on a shelf – some of what our cheeky Elf has been up to.
  4. My fifteen favourite things about Christmas.
  5. A very Mancunian Christmas – my pick of presents made by Mancs for Mancs.

There’s plenty more if you want to rifle through my archive, but these five are either my favourites or have been incredibly popular.

I can’t leave without giving a mention to my Joulutorttu recipe, which was massive, but it’s from November, so technically not part of Blogmas, but it picked up lots of views every single day, you lot love a Finnish jam tart!

So that was Blogmas. I’m now going to put my laptop away for the next few days and have a well earned rest. Thanks for the love, support, comments, tweets and retweets. I wish you and yours a peaceful Christmas and a very wonderful 2015.

Love, Jane xx


My Top Five Favourite Christmas Films

Everyone has a list of their favourite Christmas films don’t they? Don’t they?? Well I do and here’s my list of unmissable Christmas films…

Don’t judge me, but I’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life. Never. I’m sorry. I love films, but for some reason this has passed me by. I’d like to watch it, but it’s just never been on when I’ve had the time to sit and devote myself to it, it’s a shocker I know. I’ve not seen Frozen either. We’re not big on Disney, never really have been. I feel like I should apologise. I’m sorry.

In the spirit of sharing (and writing lists, because lists are good) I’ve decided to list my five favourite Christmas films.

My Top Five Favourite Christmas Films

5. Home Alone – your basic festive horror story/amazing adventure if you’re 6 years old. It’s horribly dated now, but Home Alone is well worth a watch with the kids, just to see their faces when Kevin is defending his home from the burglers.

4. Bad Santa. I don’t even need to explain why this is on my list. Love Bad Santa. Bad Santa, naughty Santa!

3. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang – this is one of my favourite films of all time. Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jnr being amazing. Ok so it’s a bit violent and sweary, but it’s funny, really funny. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a little bit of Christmas noir for those who appreciate a bit of darkness.

2. Die Hard – because Christmas isn’t Christmas without Bruce Willis in a vest. And Die Hard *so* is a Christmas film! Yippee ki-yay etc.

1. Elf. It’s got to be Elf. I know it’s a love/hate kind of film, but don’t be a cottonheaded ninnymuggins about it.

I suspect in the next few years my list of favourite Christmas films will become a bit more child friendly. But until then I’m happy to have a Kiss Kiss Bang Bang/Die Hard/Elf Christmas film extravaganza. And remember… The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.

Christmas films

Update (2017): If you love Elf (and why wouldn’t you) You can catch Elf – The Musical at The Lowry this Christmas!