24 Days of Christmas: Day 1 -The Nightmare Before Christmas

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For Day 1 there was no other other option for me as this is one of my all time favourite films and I think it’s the perfection transitional film to take you from Halloween to Christmas.

Although it’s often debated whether this film belongs in the Halloween or Christmas movie category, for me it ticks too many of the great Christmas film qualities for it to not find its place on this list. It’s got the perfect combination of a nuanced musical score, a love story and a good old Christmas moral epiphany, not to mention a cameo from the main man himself, Santa Claus. This is a great choice if you like your Christmas with a little twist as in typical Tim Burton fashion it’s a little bit weirder than your typical Christmas film but it’s a cult classic for a reason, and the Christmastown scenes in particular are beautiful to watch.

As we watch Jack discover Christmastown and its bright lights, snowflakes and roasting chestnuts we get to experience the joy of Christmas through his eyes, and as a result it allows us to rediscover everything we love about Christmas and more.

 

 

24 Days of Christmas Films

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Over the years it seems that escaping from the cold and getting cosy in front of a Christmas film has become an integral part of the holiday season, and I think it’s often the easiest way to get yourself into the festive spirit. It’s certainly one of the things I look most forward to in the run up to Christmas, so I thought what better way to mark the run up to December 25th on this blog than to compile a list of what I think are some of the top Christmas movies to get you in the mood .

From tomorrow I’ll be sharing my favourites starting with the ones that give you a sprinkling of Christmas for those who are wanting to dip their toe before diving fully into the festive season, slowly building in festivity until we reach the full force Christmas favourites we all know and love. Hopefully it’ll help build the excitement for you guys and as there’ll be a few more adult choices as well, I’ve tried my best to incorporate alternatives in those cases so whatever your taste you’ll never have to miss a day!

So starting from tomorrow I hope you guys will be following along and as always I’d love to know if you guys have any particular favourites that you love to watch or hope to see on the list!

Scent of Summer

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So right now the UK is recuperating from it’s first official “heatwave” of the summer, so I know a candle might not be at the top of everyone’s must have list, but this one is just so gorgeous I had to mention it.

The Silk Blossom scent comes in a candle which I purchased for £42, and a cologne which comes in at the slightly steeper £82. Very pricey yes but all the proceeds of the candle go to the Jo Malone charity which builds gardens in underprivileged areas, so it’s pretty much the most feel-good purchase you’ll nab this year!

Described as “Nature’s blooms at their most tempting. The nectarous, pink-fringed pompoms of Silk Blossom. Irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies. Apricot-fresh with a touch of spice. Airy with clouds of powder-soft heliotrope, nestling on a bed of moss. Fruity and enticing.” It’s the epitome of a fresh and summery scent which works equally as great as a room or personal scent. Not to mention the gorgeous ombre design of the products make them almost impossible to resist!

The candles are pretty much sold out everywhere although I would have to recommend to beg, borrow or steal to get one, as its versatility and mix of complex scents makes it a perfect scent for a modern woman looking for a hint of sophistication in Summer. I know I’ll definitely be counting the pennies until I can afford the cologne as well!

Gemma

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