5 Things I Love About Christmas.

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Hello and welcome back to Blogmas day 4!

Today’s post is about 5 things I love about Christmas! I love most things about Christmas, but these are 5 things that I love more than anything else.

  1. The overall festiveness:
    People seem happier. I love it. Everything seems much more fun, even chores. 
  2. The winter clothing:
    I don’t know about you but I always find myself dressing really Christmassy. My jumpers are usually purple tons or festive reds. 
  3. Starbucks/Costa Christmas drinks:
    I’ve really been into trying all of the different Christmas drinks that Starbucks and Costa have to offer. My current favourite from Starbucks is the toffee nut latte. 
  4. Lush products:
    The Christmas products that Lush have brought out this year are just awesome! I’m in love with the majority of them. 
  5. Wrapping presents:
    One of the main things I love about Christmas is the buying and wrapping presents part. Every year I usually leave all the wrapping till Christmas Eve as it builds up excitement for the next day. 

What are your favourite 5 things about Christmas?

– Hannah ❤

 

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The Gratitude Challenge.

This year I will be taking part in the 52 week gratitude challenge. I will be uploading posts for this challenge every Tuesday at 12pm.

Why I am Taking Part?

I think it’s very easy to not look and appreciate the things that are around us. I decided to take part in this challenge to force myself to really look and appreciate the things that I often take for granted.

It’s too easy to get caught up in the stress and demands of day to day life. And quite often, it’s easy to look at our lives in a very negative way. There are often some very good and positive things in our lives that we often overlook.

I plan for this challenge to change the way that I look at things. I want to become a more positive and optimistic person.

I hope that you will enjoy reading these posts.

Next weeks post is about someone special.

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P.S. If you are taking part in any challenges, I would love to give them a read. Please feel free to post the links below. 🙂 ❤

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017.

kakaotalk_photo_2016-12-29-17-04-27_78This year has gone so quickly. I feel like I say that every year.

Looking back on 2016 I realise just how many different things that I have experienced. Some good, and some bad.

When a year goes as quickly as this year has, it makes me realise just how important it is to do what you love, always! Life is too short to do something that you hate. Or be surrounded by people or situations that make you uncomfortable.

So with that all being said. I want to make some big changes to myself, my life and the way that I think when 2017 comes around.

Every year I make new years resolutions. I think it’s important to set goals, I think that it allows for self- improvement. Which I always think is important. 

These are the resolutions I plan on setting for the New Year. Hopefully I will be able to stick to at least five of them. 

  1. Be more self-confident.
  2. Appreciate my friends and family more.
  3. Be confident in the things that I want and just go for it!
  4. Make more film content.
  5. Blog more.
  6. Exercise more regularly.
  7. Move back to South Korea.
  8. Take TOPIK test.
  9. Learn how to cook more types of food.
  10. Stand up for what I believe in.
  11. Attend blogging events.
  12. Build blog following.
  13. Start a YouTube Channel.
  14. Do more of what I love.

So that’s it. 🙂

What resolutions will you be making for next year?

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P.S. Thank you to everyone who has made 2016 great for me~~~ 💕

 

All Things Christmas (Video)

Christmas is my favourite time of year. It was lovely to spend Christmas with my family. Check out the video I made~

어제 많이 좋았어요. 크리스마스 점심 진짜 맛있었어요. 가족에게 감사하다~ ❤

All Things Christmas.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the food, the decorations, the stockings, the snow, the cookies, cupcakes etc…

Since I was away for Christmas last year, I have made sure that I go over and above this year. I didn’t want to miss out on anything.

Here’s a picture blog of what I’ve been up. 🙂

Christmas Origami

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Salt Dough Christmas Decorations:

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Calendar Chocolate: 

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Adorable Gingerbread Earrings:

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Christmas Nails: (I’m wearing the gold ones for Christmas Day 😉 )

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Cupcakes: (I will be doing a lot more baking for Christmas day. I will upload those pictures next week)

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Gift wrapping and making:

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I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!! ❤ ❤ ❤

– Hannah

Appreciating the Little Things.

Dear Journal,

So! I returned from South Korea 43 days ago. I moved back into my parent’s house. I’m currently living with my mum, dad, younger sister and younger brother… and of course we cannot forget our adorable puppy Penny. (not really a puppy – she’s 6 years old)

Since returning, things have been incredibly difficult. For starters, I NEVER thought that I could miss a country so much. (Mostly the food! Haha.) I didn’t even miss England that much when I was in Korea if I’m honest. And secondly, it’s taking me a while to re-adjust to England.

When I left Korea, I left a lot of special people behind, whom I miss every single day. Messages and phone calls just aren’t the same as going for coffee or going shopping together. But it’s better than nothing I suppose.

When I think about it, I had a similar feeling when I first got on the plane to move to Korea. I was also leaving behind my friends and family in England. I guess that’s what is so hard about moving to a new place. You get comfortable, you find those ‘regular’ restaurants and cafes that you love to spend time in, then things change very quickly and you can find yourself a little bit lost.

As Christmas is fast approaching, I think back to what I was doing this time last year. I spent Christmas in Seoul. It was fantastic, but it wasn’t familiar. It was a… different type of Christmas, but by no means in a bad way. Just… Different. Christmas Eve I spent it at a friends house, we had a little Christmas party, it was really fun. My friend had this awesome polaroid camera. I really want to buy one too!

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When I woke up on Christmas morning, I was alone, I ate breakfast and drank a small cup of coffee. Then found myself staring at the little pile of presents my parent’s sent me. I had placed them under a small tree that I had bought from Daiso a month previously. It was only a cheap one, but it make me feel more Christmassy.

As I opened the gifts I cried and cried.

Christmas just wasn’t the same. I was used to getting up and anticipating the moment my parent’s said we could go and sit in the living room and give our gifts to each other. (yes, I still did that at aged 22 – what can I say? I love Christmas) As well as the stockings that my parent’s had kept since we were babies. There are so many Christmassy memories.

In Korea I didn’t have gifts wrapped and ready to give my family. I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy a true Christmas dinner. I wasn’t able to thank my mum for cooking an incredible meal (because she really does know how to cook it well).

I wasn’t unhappy when I found myself alone in my apartment. I wasn’t unhappy because I knew that I had a fun packed long weekend to spend in Seoul. I just became overwhelmed and felt increasingly lonely. It made me realise how much I appreciated family Christmases.

But this year is different, I have returned home for Christmas. In fact, I will be spending a little more time at home over the next few months. I’m intending on returning to Korea in early 2017. I just need to make plans for that to happen.

I guess what I’m saying is, although my time at home recently hasn’t been the best. I am glad that I’m home for Christmas and that I will be around family and friends.

I hope that you all are having a fantastic Christmas so far~

– Hannah

P.S 메리 크리스마스! ❤

 

My Ultimate Christmas Playlist.

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Getting into that Christmas spirit can be a bit tough from time to time especially when there is work, chores, Christmas gift buying as well as lots of other stresses.

A cheerful playlist will never fail to lift your mood and get you into that Christmas spirit!

Here’s a short list of my favourite Christmas songs. I would be very happy to just listen to this playlist on repeat for hours.

Michael Buble – It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas

Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You

Elton John – Step into Christmas

Wham! – Last Christmas

Band Aid 1984 – Do They Know It’s Christmas

The Pogues (Featuring Kirsty MacColl) – Fairytale of New York

Feliz Navidad 

Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

What songs are on your Christmas playlist? 

– Hannah

P.S. I wish it could be Christmas everyday~ 🙂

What Christmas Means To Me.

For as long as I can remember Christmas has been my favourite time of year. I remember growing up with an overwhelming feeling of excitement at the thought of Christmas. To me, Christmas represents a time for family, a time where everyone can set asides their differences and come together. To me, Christmas is a time to show your appreciation for the ones that you love.

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If someone asked me to describe exactly what Christmas is, this is what I would tell them;

  • Lots and lots and LOTS of chocolate, sweets, food, hot drinks (most hot chocolate and the occasional tea) marshmallows, candy canes, little santa’s, advent calendars and more… the list could go on…
  • Christmas trees and other decorations. Of course you can’t forget about the overly decorated houses that make you feel like you’ve been slapped in the face with the Christmas bug, but still, each to their own taste! Every Christmas, me, my mom, my brother and sister used to get all of the Christmas decorations out and decorate together. It was fun, I loved it. We worked together and by the end of it (with the odd disagreement of course) it was complete. It was beautiful. My mom always insists on having a tall green tree decorated with multicoloured lights, mixed coloured tinsel, a few sets of beads and finally, tons and tons of ornaments. I love it! 
  • Christmas dinner. Where do I start..? Well, first of all, my family usually have chicken instead of turkey for Christmas dinner. Then you have the ‘pigs in blankets’, roast potatoes, stuffing, pork and cranberry sausages, Yorkshire puddings, sprouts, parsnips. carrots and redcurrant jelly. Just writing about it makes me feel hungry. And of course we cannot forget about the desserts! 

I insist on leaving the Christmas wrapping until the week before Christmas if not Christmas Eve itself! I think that leaving it so late builds up excitement. Usually, I sit in my bedroom, get all the Christmas presents out, put the Christmas music on and spend a good hour (or two) wrapping the gifts.

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I’m spending Christmas in England this year. I’m so glad to be spending it will my family. I guess it will remind me of when I was growing up.

As I’m writing this, I’ve just finished ordering a few last minute things for my friends and family. I posted packages yesterday for a couple of people (you know who you are haha!) I received a package from my friend in America this morning. (Tia – Thank you ❤ You know me too well)

Christmas, I’m ready for you. My gifts are ready to wrap, I have a long playlist of Christmas music, my Christmas jumpers are ready to wear. The trees and decorations are up. I cannot wait!

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10 days to go~~~

What will you do for Christmas? Do you have any family traditions? 

Happy holiday’s~

– Hannah