Blogmas Friday Favourites

It’s Friday!!! Seriously folks is it just me or did this week seemed to stretch on forever. Still I thought it might be fun to do a little themed list ‘Friday Festive Five’ or something along those lines anyway (my poor brain needs a glass of wine tonight can you tell?).

So without further ado here is a ‘get to know me’ post of five lists of five favourite things that you’ll find me doing/eating/watching/reading over the next few weeks:

Five Christmas films:

As you can see, I am a fan of the golden oldies (from my childhood, we’re not talking it’s a wonderful life or anything here) and honestly the first time I watched Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs I became obsessed and I made my poor Mum and Dad put it on at least once a week for a whole year, it’s a must watch for me.

Now we all know you can’t have a movie without snacks so…

Five Selection Box Sweets:

My favourite selection box of chocolates are Celebrations and I know they are one of the most argued about boxes (why does nobody like bounty?) so here are my top five:

1 – Galaxy Caramel

2 – Snickers

3 – Galaxy

4 – Malteaser

5 – Milkyway

Let me know what your favourites are, I know it’s probably waaaay different to mine. In case anyones curious it’s always the Mars thats left until last in our household!

Speaking of individual households I feel like everyone has their own christmas ‘traditions’ that we do every year, some that are more official and others that are something we just love to do on certain days. Here’s a few of mine:

Five December Traditions:

1 – Christmas Eve Pyjamas – There’s is nothing better than getting home after all the prep for the big day has been sorted and settling down, putting on your brand spanking new (often christmas themed) Pj’s and settling down in front of the fire with a little tipple. I like a Baileys hot chocolate!

2 – Twas the Night Before Christmas – When I was little my Mum bought me a pop up book of this poem and just like the Father Christmas film I made her read it year round. I still read it every christmas eve although admittedly I do have my eye on the audiobook of it this year to see what it’s like. I found it on Scribd if anyone’s interested.

3 – Bucks Fizz Breakfast – Now I’m not sure if this is a British thing or not but so far as I know Bucks Fizz (the mixture of champagne and orange juice… not the band) is something a lot of people have along with their breakfast on Christmas morning as their opening presents.

4 – Boxing Day Buffett – Seriously this consists of leftovers from Christmas Day lunch, selection box chocolates, random fancy foods (usually various cheeses) that you’ve bought because its the done thing and everybody likes to pretend their hosting for a hundred people so ithasn’t yet been eaten and finally if your me (the token family veggie) whatever foodie type chutneys and sauces your family has been kind enough to buy you for presents.

5 – Boxing Day Book – Gotta keep things on brand right! I wouldn’t be me without a book cropping up somewhere. Everybody knows that Boxing Day is the one day you can migrate from bed to couch and then back again with no stops in between over the course of 24 hours and not be judged for it. Usually I migrate to the couch with a book I can read in a day and don’t move until I’m done. Bliss!

So on the topic of books, my go to genre that I know I can read in a day and to be honest the genre I’m most likely to want to binge read is Romance.

Five Romances for Boxing Day:

These are some of my favourite’s that I’ve read and some are steamier than others, with The Cornerstone definitely being the steamiest, so bear that in mind if it’s not your thing.

Aaaand finally, after all the hype of Christmas has died down and you’re stuck in the no man’s land that is the time between Christmas and New Year, what do you do? I luckily have this time off work so this is a chance to catch up on some films/tv that I have been meaning to watch. In case your running low on ideas then here’s some of my favourites that I’ve watched this year:

Five TV shows/Films:

Ok so I’ve been watching Supernatural for over a decade of my life now and I watched the final episode of the final season this year. Now I’m not exaggerating here but it takes a lot to make me cry. I’ve only ever cried at one book (which if you think you can recommend me a book that will get me sobbing, consider this a challenge!) but this freaking show guys. Maybe I was a smidge too attached after a decade of watching but I sobbed the entire way through the final episode. It was embarrassing.

Into the Spiderverse. This was seriously amazing. I went into it expecting just another superhero movie but I ended up completely loving it.

Then we have the anti Superhero programme The Boys which was equally amazing. This one can be a little gory at times, but it’s really worth it for the sarcastic take on the ‘superhero’.

I thought this was going to be overhyped. I was wrong. So wrong. And the songs will not get out of my head!

Another one that made me shed a sneaky tear! I’d been putting off watching Coco for no particular reason other than that I had never fancied it when the time came to sit down in front of the TV. It is ridiculously good though so please watch it if you get a chance!

Phew! That was a bit more of a long winded post than I was expecting but hopefully you made it to the end 🙂

Let me know what your top 5 in any of the categories will be (special points if you can recommend me a book that will make me cry because I’m seriously doubting that any of them have the ability to at this point) and I hope you have a lovely Friday evening!

See you in the next one,

Jen x

5 thoughts on “Blogmas Friday Favourites

  1. What a great idea for a post 😍 I had so much reading this!! AND THE BOOKS!! Four of the five are wonderful romance novels that I LOVE! And Coco, and Hamilton, and the Santa Clause… I’m overwhelmed with coziness 🤗

    Some books that might make you cry: Regretting You, Clockwork Princess, and A Thousand Splendid Suns. But, I don’t think I’m the best reference point cause I cry with EVERYTHING 😅

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  2. One of my Christmas traditions is to read T’was The Night Before Christmas/A Visit From St Nicholas as well. My sister and I have a huge hardback edition that would probably be better placed in a primary school classroom than my bookshelves, but I’ve also found it in a book of Christmas poems so I’ll probably read it from there this year. I also love The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. It’s a must watch every year and Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas if it isn’t watched at least twice. And I wouldn’t be lying if I said the Boxing Day buffet is a thing in my house too. Actually from Boxing Day to New Year, that is what our lunches tend to be like because my mum does far too much food considering we never entertain guests.

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    1. I love that you have a special edition of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas as well and it’s definitely not Christmas until the muppets have been watched!
      It’s such a mum thing to go mental with the Christmas food shop 😂


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