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Dear Santa

Hello my lovelies! Tonight I board the bus to London and I have never  been so excited for a road trip. In fact, the last time I did a road trip this long was back in 2009 when we drove from Belfast to some southern part of England for a family wedding. But we’re getting off topic. It’s yet another day closer to Christmas Day! And to celebrate, today’s song is 2000 Miles. Quite appropriate, is it not?  I mean, yes, the journey from my flat to where we’re staying in London is only 400 odd miles (of course I looked it up, why wouldn’t I?) but it’s still one heck of a long journey! Again, it’s not my favourite song but I am sticking with the list I found on the Independent’s website of the top 50 Christmas Songs as voted by the public – so take it up with those they interviewed if you don’t like it!

 

 

For Blogmas Day 9, I thought I would share my Christmas wishlist with you all today – my letter to Santa if you like. I remember years of getting excited for this part of Christmas. As soon as our birthdays were over, Rachel and I would rush for the Christmas edition of the Argos catalogue to go through it and see what we could ask Santa’s elves to make for us that year.

 

When we lived in Forfar (east coast of Scotland for the many of you who won’t know where that is), every year we went to the lights being turned on. It was a great night, and all the families went. We would have an early dinner, wrap up warm, and meet in the town centre with our Santa hats or reindeer antlers on. There would be lots of Christmas music and a parade, during which Santa would pass through and you could run up and give your letter to him or his elves in exchange for a chocolate bar! After that, Santa would go on stage and turn on all the magical lights, before promising to reply to us as soon as possible and reminding us all to be good girls and boys unless we wanted coal!

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Rachel on Christmas Day 2015

We moved to Lisburn when I was 8, and yes I still believed in Santa at that age. I was heartbroken to discover Santa’s helpers wouldn’t take my Santa Letter! At this stage, Mum and Dad started to ask us to type up our letters to Santa and Dad taught us that when he was little, he had sent his letters up the chimney to Santa! I was apparently quick to point out that Mary Poppins might steal the letters and Mum told me that if the fire was lit when the letters to Santa were put in the fireplace then Mary Poppins would know to leave them for Santa. It all made sense to me! The next obstacle was to make sure my letter didn’t get mixed up with Rachel’s… you can imagine how awful that would be if Santa gave me her Babyborn stuff and she got my Gameboy!

 

As I’m sure you can imagine, we stopped writing our letters quite some time ago, however Mum does still ask for a list of ideas and then she’ll pick and choose from the list. This year, I have no big thing I’m asking for, and so I’ll either get more of my little suggestions or money, depending on how much she spends on Rachel.

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And so, just for old time’s sake, I wanted to write it as a letter to Santa. It’s fun! You should definitely do it too!

 

Dear Santa,

Firstly, how are you? It’s been so so long! In fact, I think the last time I wrote to you, we still had the desktop computer in the little room – boy has a lot changed since then! You see, I had the unfortunate experience of growing up. I know, I know, we all have to at some stage, but one thing no one ever warned me was that you could still be judged and laughed at for being excited for Christmas as an adult! I’ve really missed getting to enjoy and discuss the magic of Christmas with you. Speaking of, do you remember the year it was too snowy for you to land on our roof and so you landed on the driveway and the reindeer left their hoof prints? Rachel and I were so excited! How are Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Vixen, Cupid, Comet, Prancer, Blitzen and Rudolph? I’m still saving up those carrots Mum tries to feed me at dinner so I can give them to the reindeer!

I would like to hope that I have been good this year, I promise I tried my best! If you are in agreement, would it be okay to ask for a few things this year? The main things I would wish for can’t be made by your elves unfortunately, so I won’t bore you with them. If possible, I would like

  • A new electric toothbrush
  • Mark Hill shampoo and conditioner (yes, I still use these after all these years of you giving me them!)
  • Any book – you know me well enough to pick a good story!
  • Pyjamas – a girl can never have enough
  • Sock – same rule as above. These can be fluffy or normal.
  • Calendar
  • iTunes voucher – yes I’m still using these.
  • Bubble bath and bathbombs
  • Contact lenses – those things are expensive if you can only wear them for a few hours before having to bin them!
  • Cosy scarf
  • Outfit for Christmas Day or New Year
  • No7 Translucent Setting Powder

As always, these are just a few suggestions and you are more than welcome to pick and choose from them!

I really have missed our annual chats. The mince pie and coke will be on the coffee table by the door. Dad still suggests giving you a whiskey to keep you warm but you don’t want to be caught driving under the influence of alcohol!

 

I’ll always believe,

 

Katie B.

 

 

What are you asking for this year? Is there something you get every year? Let us know in the comments below!

 

16 more sleeps!!!

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Santa’s Sweet Sleigh!

We’ve made it to Blogmas day 4! Is anyone else mildly surprised I’ve made it this far? Just me? Whoops…

The next song in our Christmas Countdown is Frosty The Snowman. Now I’ll be honest and say that when I went on YouTube to get the link for today, I discovered a mini film tv show thing back from 1969 where the song actually seems to come from! So if you find yourself with a spare 25 minutes today, please be sure to check it out! But for the rest of us, here’s my favourite version!

Now that we’re into the main body of the post, I can talk to you about the Santa’s Sweet Sleighs I made last year for our Christmas dinner as a flat. Actually, today’s this year’s dinner so it’s quite fitting that I put this in here! Anyway, yes. This is the sweet sleigh I made:

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Santa’s Sleigh
These were actually quite fun to make, and the other 3 seemed to enjoy them! I tried to research the best way to make these last year and actually found it quite difficult so hopefully this will help any of you looking for something different this year.
I started out using these build yourself boxes. The first one was a little difficult to figure out but once I got the hang of it it was fine! I also bought 3 sets of the Smarties Santa and 2 Reindeer from a local supermarket and a box of 8 candy canes from the nearby Poundland. These were then stuck together and attached to the box as seen above. Of course, you can use any chocolate Santas or reindeer however these suited my student budget the best!

It was then time to think about what to put in the sleighs. I knew I wanted some sort of card game per person as these would fit perfectly in the boxes and they were great for killing time between courses! As typical students, I went with drinking game cards such as Fuzzy Duck, Blotto, Gargle and Legless from Hawkins Bazaar. These cost approximately £3 a set and were definitely worth the money! I then filled around this game with sweets, including a “sack” of coins – chocolate coins!
Overall, I would say I spent around £10 per Santa sleigh however it was definitely money well spent as we had great fun with the games and still play them on occasion! If you don’t want to have to think about sweets, a simple and cheap solution is to buy a tin of quality streets or celebrations and fill the sleighs with these.

Hope you find this helpful! Only 16 sleeps left!
Ktkinnes xx