Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas

Christmas Reads...
 


Christmas Films....




Christmas Food....





 Christmas Reads

Dickens at Christmas by Charles Dickens- This is an anthology of  Dickens's (Christmas themed) stories. Rather than extracts from books this is Dicken's complete Christmas works in full.
It includes the classic 'A Christmas Carol' as well as lesser well known books (and harder to find stories) The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. Additionally there are eight short stories that were written for periodicals: A Christmas tree, A Christmas dinner, What Christmas is as we grow older, The seven poor travellers, The poor relation's story, The child's story, The schoolboy's story, and Nobody's story. A perfect book for Dicken's lovers.
I heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk- I love Lindsey Kelk's I heart Series- I like Angela the main character and her best friend Jenny, there's always lots of alcohol and embarrassing escapades involved.

Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews- Unemployed Cassie has a brain wave of being a Christmas PA, charging for services such as wrapping presents, decorating trees and catering Christmas parties. A rich and handsome client Carter asks her to accompany him and his children on a dream Christmas holiday she had planned for his family...which would mean leaving her partner Jim behind to deal with her fledgling business. Her descriptions of the extravagant  Lapland holiday sound so lovely it makes you yearn to be there yourself. The preface describes Matthew's research for the book included going to Lapland herself and seeing the amazing Northern Lights. The book is also written from Jim's perspective and his job as a prison worker.

Christmas Films

Bridget Jones Diary- From catching Mark Darcy's eye across the New Year turkey buffet to kissing on the snowy London street at Christmas (sans trousers/skirt as you do), Rene Zellweger plays Bridget Jones and all her lovable flaws to perfection. Not to mention you have a choice to drool over Colin Firth or Hugh Grant.

The Holiday- I love the idea of a holiday house swap and this film follows two women at Christmas frustrated with their loves lives, impulsively booking a holiday on a home exchange website. Iris (Kate Winslet) moves into Amanda's L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda (Cameron Diaz) arrives in the snow-covered English countryside. After arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris' handsome brother Graham (Jude Law) while Iris mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Jack Black.) Even though I don't fancy Jack Black or Jude Law (yes I know I'm weird) this is a sweet film which I love.
                    
Singin' In The Rain- While not actually set at Christmas this film is often broadcast around Christmas time. A Gene Kelly classic, this musical is slick, funny and fun to watch. I actually prefer the Make Them Laugh scene with the dancing and somersaults than the famous Singin' In The Rain Scene. Altogether a wonderful feel good movie.

Christmas Food...

Baci- These taste like Ferrero Rocher chocolates they contain nuts) but they come with little quotes and advice like a Chinese Fortune cookie. They are available in selected delis and also small packs at Cafe Nero.
Panettone- I don't like traditional English Christmas pudding and prefer instead Italian panettone with custard.
And Finally Christmas Wishes...



I have my eye on this 'book bag.'
 The 'Arabian Nights book purse' from NovelCreations Etsy It's handmade from a leather edition of Arabian Nights with a choice about the type of handle (clutch/messenger on as pictured.) It costs about £36.33

The other item on my wish list is the long awaited Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette £37 available at House of Fraser and Debenhams



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