I have a secret: I love Christmas. Well, it’s not really a secret, considering as soon as the clocks strike midnight on November 1st I am pretty much putting up my Christmas decorations and the singing festive songs. Yes, I am one of those annoying people who starts Christmas ridiculously early every single year.

I ALWAYS start with a film: The Nightmare Before Christmas. If you haven’t seen this gem, you are missing out – it’s Tim Burton at his best coupled with the CATCHIEST songs ever, plus it’s also kind of Halloween themed – so I can start watching it in September. Here’s the trailer if you’re interested:

I pretty much watch (on repeat) all of my favourite Christmas movies throughout November: The Santa Claus, Elf, Nativity, The Polar Express, The Grinch, Love Actually etc. This year I am hoping to add a few classic Christmas movies that I haven’t seen to the list & FINALLY watch Meet Me in Saint Louis and Miracle on 34th Street.

Then comes the first weekend in December (or this year – the last weekend of November because my brother was home from Uni and we couldn’t do it without him), the Christmas tree goes up. Ours looks like this:

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Doesn’t it make you feel all warm and glow-y and festive inside? To top it off this year me and my friend Hannah went to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour mainly because they were doing ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’. Yes we are both Harry Potter geeks. Anyhow, there Christmas tree in the Great Hall FAR outshone mine:


*Also it had a witch spinning on a broomstick where an angel normally is. SO COOL. Here are some other pictures of our festive trip:



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No matter how good that Butterbeer looks IT WAS HORRIBLE! Work on your recipe Warner Brothers!!! We had an amazing day at HP, I got a Ravenclaw scarf because you gotta represent! This leads me on nicely to what I have been reading recently, which should come as no surprise: Harry Potter. I ALWAYS read HP at this time of year; there’s just something about Hogwarts that is SO christmas-sy and I think when you are surrounded by food and friends and family, all you want to do is re-read your favourite books.

ALSO; The Hobbit. It has become a family tradition over the last two years to all go to the cinema and watch The Hobbit together because everyone (bar Mum) are Tolkien nerds. This year is no different, and OMG the trailer looks fantastic:

FINALLY the songs, because what is Christmas without a playlist on your iPod (which I may or may not have had on my phone since October). These are my favourite Xmas Jams:

To be honest, Michael Buble’s ENTIRE Christmas album is a masterpiece but I LOVE this one the most. It is catchy, fun and chock full of Christmas Spirit.

This one is a really new Christmas song but I cannot get it out of my head. With vocals from Kristen Bell from Frozen (who can really sing) this song is just lovely.

This song is my ABSOLUTE favourite Xmas song of all time. It’s classic, and I LOVE this Zooey Deschanel version.

So that is it for this festive post; I am hoping to finish a few new books before Christmas, so there might be a couple of reviews and/or random ramblings during the holidays. I am HOPING to spend Christmas revising my NaNoWriMo novel (because I really know how to have a good time) so I will probably write a post on that process at some point.

All that’s left to say is I hope you have a FANTASTIC festive period this year, I hope you get to spend it with people you love, I hope you eat fantastic food and watch great TV, I hope you relax and have fun, I hope you have the best start to 2015 and I hope Santa brings you something nice! I have fallen back in love with blogging this year (after making a few changes) and I am so SO grateful for everybody that reads, likes or comments on my blog – you’ve made my year! So, make sure, to have yourself a merry little Christmas.

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