Yes, yes, I know, there are still 41 days left until Christmas, but there are actually only 17 left until Advent starts. And although in the Medieval Church world Advent was a serious time of preparation, fasting and sorrow, since Tudor times it’s really been a chance to get the party started. Even more so in the modern world, when any idea of Christmas lasting … Continue reading Preparing for…. A Self Care Advent
Halloween. Golly, if there was ever a lesson in how a thing can be taken, twisted, rejiggled and brought back to life as something completely different, Halloween is it. What was once a spiritual time of year (if you were a pagan or a Christian) went over to America, became secularised and made into a fancy dress parade with collecting sweets as the prize and … Continue reading A Hygge Halloween? Yes, why not?
You know your sons are growing up when you ask them what they’d like in their stockings for Christmas and they say things like… Oh, for the days of youthful innocence when a packet of Top Trumps and a tube of smarties was enough. But I never give up, if I can help it, so I sat last week and trawled my way through the … Continue reading Stocking Fillers for Teenage Boys.
The UK and the USA are two nations divided by a common language. You say potato, I say spud, and let’s not get into boots vs trunks, pavements as against sidewalks and nappies or diapers. Getting into any of those would be dangerous, silly and probably impossible. One of the American language’s most endearing traits is the ability to verb anything, by which I mean … Continue reading Winterize your home for peak hygge season!
The Body Shop in Liverpool One has arranged a hygge evening on Friday 27th October and I am going to be the guest host. I’m quite excited, because this will be the first hygge evening I’ve hosted in a shop, rather than at home. First of all let me say that, yes, I know that hygge can’t be bought and yes, I know that … Continue reading I will be Guest Hosting a Hygge Evening…
Is there such a thing as Autumn Cleaning? If there isn’t, there should be. For that’s my plan for the weekend. After two weekends away (in London and Yorkshire) this weekend I will roll my sleeves up, put my apron on and work on getting my home hygge-ready. For next week is October, and the leaves will soon drop from the trees, leaving windows that … Continue reading The Plan for this weekend is…
Still celebrating an early Christmas over here this week… and today is a set of three ready-to-print Christmas Cards. You get two PDFs to print out back to back…. you could, of course, only print the first page and leave inside blank for your own greeting…. and the inside reads a simple “With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas”. I haven’t copyrighted them or watermarked … Continue reading Free Christmas Card Printables: For You Today!
Today’s giveaway is wrapping paper. Just click on the pdf links, print and use. They will print out best at A4 size, but you could print as A5 or A3 if you have the capability. They’re designed to be quite simple: just the greeting and the most hyggely symbols of Christmas. And the red, white and green just screams Christmas to me. It will, sadly, … Continue reading Christmas wrapping paper, just for you.