Black peg board with copper frame and the words "every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings" with a lit candle and a mug of hot chocolate with a candy cane

Woo hoo! It’s December!!

I’m pretty excited about the start of the festive season!

December is the perfect time to light some candles and get snuggled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and blanket. I absolutely love a Christmas movie, and like many people I have some that are classics from my childhood. Then there are others that have part of my Xmas tradition as I’ve gotten older (…and some that didn’t come out until I was older). I’m going to share some of my favourites with you.

Home Alone

I don’t think I’m alone in loving Home Alone. For most people my age, this film has great childhood memories. If you don’t know the story (you must have been living under a rock for the last 17 years), after an argument with his family Kevin wishes they would disappear. And of course he gets his wish and gets left home alone while his family go on holiday for Christmas. Much hilarity ensues including a house full of booby traps to catch burglars – The Wet Bandits – in a series of stunts that would surely actually kill a human. The idea of getting left at home alone and having the run of your house with no parents about is most kids dream. Getting to eat whatever you want, watch whatever you want on TV, for as long as you want…!

Love Actually

This film gives me all the festive feels! Bill Nighy playing an aged rocker bringing out a Christmas single with the tune of Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around”. Everyone loves a feel good romantic film at Christmas right?! The fact that Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are in this movie, totally makes this film for me. I love Hugh Grant’s dancing! I has become a bit of a Christmas thing to watch Love Actually with my wee brother and stepmum, although we do fast forward through a certain part cause it’s a bit awks…

The Holiday

Yup… another romantic Christmas film! Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet’s characters do a house swap in December after both have guy troubles. It’s a typical, “guys are d**ks but then they both meet the loves of their lives” film. This one has Jack Black, my (not so) secret and weird crush. I literally love everything he is in, he is just so funny! Despite not normally being into mushy stuff (I realise my Crimbo film picks disagree) I really love this film. It makes me happy.

Elf

It really wouldn’t be Christmas without this film. Will Ferrel plays Buddy the elf, a human who found himself in the North Pole after crawling into Santa’s sack. After finding out there’s a reason he doesn’t fit in, he heads to New York in search of his real family. Hilariously funny, with an infectious excitement for Christmas, it definitely gets you in the mood for Santa day. And it makes you want to eat candy for breakfast every day in December!

It’s A Wonderful Life

I have saved the best for last. For me it isn’t Christmas until this movie has been watched. It has become a Christmas Eve tradition to watch this with my family since my wee brother and sister got old enough to watch it, and it’s honestly one of my favourite Christmas traditions. I don’t watch this film at all in December and save it for Christmas Eve. This year Mark and I will be going with my family to watch it at the GFT.

Clarence the angel is sent to help George Bailey, a man in need who has reached the lowest point in his life. We see George’s life from when he was a boy, up until the point he is ready to jump off a bridge. If you’ve never seen it, I know this doesn’t really make it sound like a must see film. But it really is. Clarence goes on to show George just what impact him never being born would have on the lives of all his family and friends, and it turns out that everyone’s life has been made better by him. And it also gets us to “remember no man is a failure who has friends”.

 

I really could go on with this list, there are SO many great Christmas films. But I had to stop myself at five or we would have been here all day!

Have any of your favourite Christmas movies made it into my top five? Whats your all time favourite?

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

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Photo of place setting at a table, with cutlery on top of a napkin and a green and white Christmas cracker

Christmas crackers in November?!

A few years ago I would not have been getting excited for Xmas so early.

But a few weeks ago I was invited along to the Salon Success Jingle Mingle at Tigerlily in Edinburgh, and the Christmas theme was right up my street! It was a fantastic night with amazing food, nice wine and lovely chat from some other Edinburgh bloggers and the girls from Salon Success.

We were in a private dining area in Tigerlily and were greeted with a glass of prosecco. Perfect! The table was set up with Christmas crackers and we each had a place with a name card and a fantastic selection of haircare tailored to each of us.

Photo of two croquettes on top of red berries with cress on top of them

The food was brought out and I’m not gonna lie, it was the best food I’ve had in a long time! We started with ham hock and cheese croquettes, however these were nothing like the croquettes of my childhood (which I was not a fan of as a kid, they had too much potato in them)! I ate this so quickly, it was delicious. The main course was equally tasty. It was some sort of meat, beef maybe, I’m not 100% sure. But it literally feel apart when you put your fork through it! This was served on a bed of mashed potato.

Photo of a plate with two small bits of meat on top of mashed potato with cress on top and gravy

Then onto the dessert…I really don’t know exactly what this was (I promise I wasn’t drunk) but I could’ve easily eaten more than one. All I can really say was that it was some sort of frozen berries and honeycomb with cream and pistachios. I was a lot better than I’m making it sound…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Photo of a pink frozen berry desert with honeycomb and cream and a small pink flower on top

After we finished our food we were talked through the products at our places. It really was such a nice touch that we all had products that were tailored just for us. The ladies had obviously done their research on us to make sure we got the right products for our hair colour. We all had a bottle of gem lites shampoo, this was the one that was specifically for each of our hair colours. So, obviously I got one for redheads. The shampoo actually has hair colour in it, meaning if you don’t have red hair and use it you will after it! I’ve already warned Mark not to use it. The shampoo itself is bright red and has a really nice shimmer to it.

We all got the same Kenra products. The packaging of these are just so nice and give the feel of luxury. The shampoo and conditioner smells amazing! We also got a hairspray and hot spray, which was gratefully received by me. As a natural curly haired person I use my ghds daily, not so great for my hair! As well as these there was a MarulaOil detangling brush. I don’t think I’ve ever been so enthusiastic about a hair brush before, but this is an amazing brush! It beats a tangle teezer hands down.

Last up we got a Paul Mitchell product, and again we got different ones. Mine was a box with shampoo, conditioner and a hair mask for coloured hair. I don’t normally specifically go for products meant for coloured hair so it’s nice to have some to use that will keep my red vibrant. These sets would make a perfect Christmas gift.

Photo of haircare products and a hairbrush

So far I have tried all the products except the Paul Mitchell ones. I was really excited (and a little bit nervous) to try the gem lites shampoo. The fact that it has red hair colour in it is amazing. We were advised to use gloves for some of the colours of gem lites and I definitely wasn’t going to risk red hands! It did make my hair more vibrant and I think I’ll use it for every second wash, which means I’ll use it probably once a week.

The Kenra shampoo and conditioner are also fantastic. I normally go for a clear shampoo, and despite this one not being clear it gets my hair squeaky clean. They both smell amazing. There is nothing better than good smelling, squeaky clean hair, right?!

Thanks to the lovely ladies from Salon Success. It was a really fantastic night and the Christmas crackers (and of course the hats you get inside them) got me feeling suitably excited for the festive season!

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

Photographs taken by me

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