2021: My Year In Pictures

‘This year will not end like last year at all. You have learned to be free. You have learned to stay strong. You have held onto light when the night was too long. You have braved many fears, you have learned a new song and through all of these valleys you have learned to stand tall. This year will not end like last year at all.’ – Morgan Harper Nichols

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Christmassy Week In The Life

(BLOGMAS DAY 12)

Happy Christmas Eve, friend!! Oh my goodness, I can not believe it… this is the end of blogmas! It has been so much fun (exhausting, but fun haha) and honestly I’m so sad that it’s over!

We’ve been off school for a whole week today (ever since last Friday) and my week since then has been pretty packed, so I thought it would be fun to bring you along!

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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

(BLOGMAS DAY 11)

Today, I opened the 23rd and second to last door on my Advent calendar and picked out the chocolate heart behind it. Tomorrow is the last day of Advent.

Advent means ‘coming’.

Once upon a time, many years ago, a baby was coming. And that is what we remember at Christmas. We remember the mother’s delight when she found out she was pregnant with a baby boy. We remember the angel’s song of praise as they delivered good news of great joy. We remember the shepherd’s excitement when they saw what they had heard was true. We remember the wise men who travelled long and far because they knew how special the baby was. And we remember and marvel at the miracle of the incarnation; God in human form, come to restore all that was broken.

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Things I’m Thankful For

(BLOGMAS DAY 10)

Happy, happy ALMOST-CHRISTMAS-EVE-THE-DAY-AFTER-TOMORROW, friend!

Eeek, this is like the PEAK of how exciting it can get, without it being the actual day of Christmas of course.

The day after tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the last day of blogmas, and it’s been a good run and SO much fun (I hope you’ve loved it as much as I have!!) so I thought it would be sweet to wrap it all up with a dump of things I’m grateful for.

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What I’m Reading This Christmas

(BLOGMAS DAY 9)

Christmas break is the perfect time to catch up on two things: reading and watching. If you saw blogmas day 6 you’ll know all my favourite Christmas movies and be up to everything I’m watching currently but I thought it would be fun to share what’s on my reading list too!

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In The Bleak Midwinter

(BLOGMAS DAY 8)

We had our church carol service last night, and it was so lovely.

We all stood in the church garden, bundled into our coats and mittens and wrapped in scarves to keep out the biting wind. The kids cracked glow bracelets; the adults sipped mulled wine. The garden was packed and people spilt out onto the street; the whole place was lit up, not just by the pretty twinkle lights but by the sounds of our voices floating into the night.

Towards the end of the service, we turned on the snow machine and the foamy ‘flakes’ floated down and covered us in white. We all sang We Wish You A Merry Christmas together, and then it was over. People left quickly, eager to get back to their warm homes, their Sunday dinners and their televisions. The musicians packed up, we moved the sound system back inside and collected the mince pie wrappers, and I was left standing in an empty garden in the dark.

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Bake With Me!!

(BLOGMAS DAY 7)

There is so much to love about the holiday season, so many traditions and so much to celebrate, but one thing that never gets old is a bit of Christmas baking! Cookies, festive cupcakes, crispie treats, gingerbread (hint, hint); this season is full of so much good food! I’m constatly buying more ingredients and trialing new recipes over the Christmas break, but one bake I always come back to is some good old fashioned gingerbread cookies!

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My Favourite Christmas Movies

(BLOGMAS DAY 6)

Imagine this: fluffiest pj’s, beside the Christmas tree, roaring fire, hot chocolate with marshmallows and cinnamon whipped cream, dog by your feet, watching your favourite Christmas movie. Cosy socks, huge blanket, popcorn and m&m’s… what could better get you in the mood for Christmas?

I love watching movies year round anyway, but here are (in no specific order) a few of my festive faves!!

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Art Dump + Current Playlist

(BLOGMAS DAY 5)

happy haPPY HAPPY 8 days until Christmas!! Oh my goodness, the holiday season feels likes it’s disapearing so fast! We got done with school for Christmas break yesterday and I am so excited for the next couple of weeks… I have so much fun stuff coming up and what harm could half a month off school do anyone??!

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My Favourite Christmassy Drink Recipes

(BLOGMAS DAY 4)

I love cups. Well, more specifically, I love drinking things out of different mugs and glasses and jars… ask my mom and she’ll roll her eyes and tell you I ask for a new mug or water bottle or glass just about every time Christmas or my birthday rolls around.

The other thing I love is making fun drinks to go inside my mugs. Coffee, tea, smoothies, juices, flavoured water, I love it!! I tend to drink the same favourite drinks year round but this autumn/winter I have been experimenting with a few new ones, so I thought I’d share my three favourites!

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