The Christmas Blogger Tag & my Christmas wonderland! :)

It's the 2nd of December and I can now officially dance and sing to Christmas songs! Yay! :) We have had our apartment decorated since before Thanksgiving but now it feels like the festivities can really begin and I can show you the Christmas tree and my Christmas Candy Land! :)

I caved (again) to my husbands plea of getting a new tree. We had only had our 'old' tree for two years but he wanted a bigger one. After looking around Walmart for a few minutes I fell in love with one that had gold glitter tips and pinecones already attached and suddenly I was picking out extra baubles and d├ęcor before I could stop myself. I'm rather happy that we picked out a new one as it's so fluffy and cozy and I simply adore it! :)

 
 
We stuck with the gold theme with the odd silver bauble. We also picked up some of the cute rustic looking ornaments like mason jars and sleds and a Santa that all had bits of red in them. Then we added a few candy canes here and there.
 
 
My view when I'm curled up with my coffee and a book! :)
 
Now, I had been wanting to do a little Candy tree for the longest time. I had ideas of actually using real candy and chocolate, like the chocolate ornaments we used to put on the tree when we were younger, but then at work one day I saw a bunch of adorable ornaments and started assembling this candy tree in my head while staring at them! :p All of a sudden I had a plan, I was adding things to my basket and couldn't wait to get home to assemble it all!
 
 
Close up! I bought a few mini candy canes, some cute as a button sweet ornaments and gingerbread ornaments. I had the bigger cupcakes from last year that Meme had bought for me and I purchased the adorable cookie tree topper from Michaels too! :)
 
 
All lit up! :)
 
 
I bought this foam Candy shop kit from Michaels too as I thought it would be perfect next to the tree! :)

 
My Chuck/Zachary Levi corner is now ready for Christmas!! :p
 

As this is a very Christmassy blog today I thought I would also include this Blogger Tag that I came across when I was on Bloglovin the other day. I saw this post from 'A beauty junkie in London.' http://beautyjunkielondon.com/2014/11/christmas-tag.html I don't go on Bloglovin very often but I like it every now and again to see if any new blogs catch my eye. This one did and I look forward to checking out more from 'A beauty junkie in London'. I tag +Angela Angeline , +Jasmine Atkinson and anyone who would like to take part! :)


1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
 
I would have to go with 'The Santa Clause' with Tim Allen. I adore Tim Allen and think he is the absolute best. To me he is childhood, as me and my family used to watch 'Home Improvement' together growing up. We watched every single episode and all loved it, so Tim Allen holds so many great memories for me. This film is just so magical and Christmassy and everything you would want in a Christmas movie. I do have to mention 'The Holiday' and 'Elf' as close runners up though. 'The Holiday' makes me feel cozy and I would very much like to live in that cottage and visit the Cotswold's. :)
 
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
 
Christmas morning. :) Always have, always will! Saying that though, last Christmas was the first Christmas that we did things a little differently, as it was the first Christmas I didn't spend at home in England with my family. We spent it in Virginia with my husbands family. Therefore, Chris and I had a mini Christmas day here in Louisville and opened our stockings and a present each around our tree a week before we headed to Virginia. But still ultimately most presents were opened Christmas morning. This year will be different too, as we will be going to England and having a Christmas day early with Kelly and her husband before they leave for Virginia and we will probably open our stockings here again around our tree before we leave for the UK! :)
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Honestly, every Christmas for me has been magical. It's been the same since I can remember and I treasure every minute. It's all about family and food. We spend the day cooking and dancing, sitting round the table chatting and eating, pulling crackers and watching in anticipation to see how Grandad is going to wear the hat this time. Then we watch movies and eat dessert, chill and open a few presents. I got to experience new traditions last year and spend it with my huge family in VA and it was cozy and a day filled with lots of love and laughter. I got to shoot an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, thanks to Chris's best friends Cole (they both got each other gifts from 'A Christmas Story') and have my first Christmas as a wife. I have been very blessed. 
 
4. Favourite festive food?
Mince pies with brandy sauce. Mmm, mmm, mmmmm! :p It's not quite Christmas until you have had a mince pie smothered in Brandy sauce.
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Last year, from 4000 miles away, my sisters surprised me with bus tickets to New York and tickets to see First Date on Broadway. They got it all sorted and planned in less than two hours when they knew I wouldn't be able to go home for Christmas. The play was incredible and I got to meet Zachary Levi afterwards too. That was very much a dream come true and probably the best Christmas present ever. :p I'm not sure anyone could possibly top Zachary Levi at Christmas time in New York City! :p Read about it here: http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/01/i-heart-new-york.html I've had some lovely presents over the years though, from Kitchen Aids to Pajamas, WWE Magazines to teddy bears, to clothes and all things cute. We didn't really grow up writing lists as Mum taught us not to say 'I want', we would just hope we had been good enough and wonder, if we had, what Santa might bring us. As we got older Mum and Dad would ask if there was anything we'd like, but some of my favourite gifts are when Mum just wraps up things in the chocolate cupboard or our favourite Italian treats. :) Ooh I just remembered also, one year when the four of us were very young (I have two sisters and a brother) Mum and Dad experimented being away for Christmas and we went to Florida. I clearly remember the place we stayed and that on Christmas day we each received the same present, a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers annual, the three of us (Jen was a baby) bounced around the apartment with so much joy and happiness I can't even tell you. :)
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Hmm, I'd have to say I love walking into my Nanna and Grandad's house at Christmas time, there's a mix of the fire blazing and Pandoro in the air, it just smells cozy and warm and Christmassy. Try opening a Panettone or Pandoro, not just at Christmas but anytime of the year, and you will feel like you are in Heaven. :)
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
 
We have had the same Christmas day routine for as long as I can remember but I don't think we have any actual traditions. Kelly will have to help me out here if I'm forgetting something. :p
 
8. What tops your tree?
 
The tree in my apartment at the moment has a gold star a top it that lights up and my childhood Christmas tree has a white star a top it that has multi-coloured lights around it. We have had that star forever and practically everything on that tree and that tree forever and we wouldn't have it any other way, we adore it. I'm so very excited that this year I will get to see it and sit by it with a good book and show my husband all the decorations we have at home. :)
 
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
 
Like I mentioned above, I really can't remember asking for anything. I'm sure we still wrote lists, in fact I do remember one year sitting round the table writing little notes to Santa and sending them up the chimney, but I have no idea what I would have asked for.
 
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

The best part of Christmas for me is family. I love that all the decorating, all the Christmas shopping, all the holiday cheer leads up to a day spent with family. Now I know, every day should be like that and in my case and how close my families are, they often are. We have family days and big meals on most occasions Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's day, Birthdays and when I'm home we eat dinner round the table together every night, but there's just something so magical about Christmas. The house feels extra cozy, you don't feel guilty watching TV and movies all afternoon, you get to all share thoughtful gifts and get excited about making somebody smile with a little something that made you think of them or that you know they are going to love. For me also, even though it may seem commercial to some, or that I know some people don't celebrate it, I do love how in some ways it brings the whole world together. How on that day everyone is thinking about joy, cheer, hope, dreams, love and family. (I pray and think of those who work or are away from family or that Christmas isn't quite the joyess occasion and hope that someone is there for them or that light is just around the corner.)

It's a bit of a long one today but I hope you all enjoy this very festive post and that you have a wonderful day! :)

Love Lulu xx
 

6 comments :

  1. Everything looks so pretty! I'll definitely have to do this tag as well!

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    1. Aww thank you Meg! :) And yes please do, that would be awesome! :) xx

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    1. Thank you for reading and you too! :) xx

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  3. This is a great post! Made me feel all warm inside reading about Home Improvement, cause it was the same for me!

    Eva Paige xx

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    1. Aww that made me smile and wasn't Home Improvement just the best?! :) If you haven't already seen it, check out 'Last Man Standing' with Tim Allen, he just gets better and better. xx

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