20 Second Drawing Challenge – Christmas Edition

Today’s Blogmas post is very exciting as it’s a collab with the wonderful Ana Regina! I also worked on a collab over on her blog so look forward to that.

This blog post is very different from ANY I’ve done before as it puts my drawing skills to the test. The 20-second drawing challenge basically involves me trying to draw something in 20 seconds and then Ana needs to guess what I’ve drawn. As it’s nearly Christmas, each drawing is Christmas themed and Ana actually tried to draw a version of my drawings in 20 seconds and I must admit, she did a lot better than me.

[The first image is the one drawn by me in 20 seconds and then the second one is drawn by Ana]

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Ana guessed: An angel

That’s correct!

For this drawing, I tried to show the angel by including the wings and halo to give a visual clue. I think the addition of the yellow around definitely made it clearer. If I had more time, I would have added maybe clouds and more of the golden colour.

Ana’s drawing is definitely a lot cleaner than mine, I think you can definitely tell it’s an angel.

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Ana guessed: A bow

That’s correct!

After drawing the outline of the bow, there wasn’t much time left so my colouring-in was very rough. I would definitely add more colour if I had more time.

I think Ana ran into the same problem as me with spending too much time on the outline of the bow that there’s not enough time to colour in. I really like how she used a brown colour instead of the red I used, I think it looks like chocolate.

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Ana guessed: A candlestick

I actually tried to draw a candy cane! I understand why it was mistaken for a candlestick though. Candy canes are really hard to draw as there are not that many defining characteristics. I tried to show the hook of the cane but like my other drawings, I ran out of time to do the colouring.

I think this is a much better drawing than mine! Although she thought it was a candle, if she just made the end rounder, it would look very much like a candy cane.

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Ana guessed: An Elf

That’s correct!

Trying to draw ‘people’ in 20 seconds is very hard so my elf does look very rough. I tried to focus on drawing the big pointy ears and the elf costume to make it easier to guess. If I had more time, I would have definitely made it cleaner and added some colour.

I really like Ana’s drawing of an elf, I think you can definitely tell what it’s’ supposed to be.

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Ana guessed: Some Xmas lights

That’s correct!

I didn’t realise how hard it would be to draw Christmas lights until I tried doing just that. I tried to make it look more like Christmas lights by having the bulbs be different bright colours, like the lights from Stranger Things. Although, most of my Christmas lights are just one solid colour.

Again, the part of drawing something in 20 seconds which is the hardest is the colouring. I do like the colour selection that Ana has chosen though, it’s very festive.

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Ana guessed: A Xmas tree

That’s correct!

I always struggle to draw Christmas trees so I knew that trying to draw one in 20 seconds would be a real challenge. This time as trees are always green, I just tried to draw it using green and it was very difficult. I definitely need more time to draw one.

Ana’s drawing is a lot better than mine. The shape of the tree is a lot more recognisable than mine.

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Ana guessed: Santa Claus

That’s correct!

Like the elf, Santa was very hard to draw. 20 seconds is really not enough time to draw but I think I did an okay job although the face is very rough.

I don’t know why but this Santa looks really startled and a bit concerned. It is so hard to draw faces though so I’m not trying to be mean!

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Ana guessed: Holly

That’s correct!

I actually think I did a really good job drawing holly. It wasn’t that hard to draw and if I had more time, I think I would have just added some more green to the leaves.

I think Ana did a really good job on this one too! She did have to double-check that it was holly but I still think it counts as a correct answer.

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Ana guessed: Scrooge

That’s correct!

After struggling with Elf and Santa, I don’t know why I decided to attempt drawing Scrooge. I think he’s quite recognisable and I tried to wrote bah humbug but that was at the end of my time so it was very rushed. My spelling of humbug was very dodgy, don’t worry, I can spell!

Again, Ana’s looks really good. She did spell humbug wrong like myself but it’s just so hard to write quickly!

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Ana guessed: Baby Jesus

That’s correct!

I had to draw something in connection with the Nativity! I do think I did an okay job and I think the halo really helped it look like the baby Jesus.

I think Ana did a very good job of drawing Baby Jesus.

Thank you so much, Ana, for collabing with me on this post! Remember to go over to her blog to see the post I did over there. If you have a try at this challenge, please tag me, I’d love to see it.

Beth x

Christmas Bucket List

I absolutely love Christmas and there are things I would love to do each year but I never get around to it. Next year I’d love to do some certain things at Christmas so I thought it would be fun to create a post with my bucket list!

Go To A Christmas Lights Display

Every year I do try and go to a Christmas Lights Display but I didn’t end up going to one this year so I really want to make an effort to do it next year. Most displays start in November so they’re the perfect way to feel festive.

Buy A Real Christmas Tree

Some years we’ve had a family real Christmas tree but I’ve never personally had a real Christmas tree. I feel that I need to try having a real Christmas tree as they feel a lot more Christmassy than a fake one. I feel like it would be a lot of fun!

Go To A Christmas Market

At my local Christmas lights display, there’s normally a Christmas market and another place nearby also has a Christmas market and I love them! They really do make me feel so festive and I love supporting more independent businesses.

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Have A Christmas Photoshoot

This is something I’ve always wanted to do but have never actually got around to it. I’d love to sometime have a Christmas photoshoot, I think it would be a lot of fun.

Go To A Christmas Event At A National Trust Or English Heritage Site

I used to do this when I was younger and I really enjoyed it. I love how they always decorate the places, sometimes in period decorations. I really want to try and arrange to go to one next year but there is always the problem that National Trust sites don’t allow dogs.

Bake Lots Of Christmas Treats

I love baking but I never get round to it. Next year I really want to get into baking and in particular, baking stuff to eat at Christmas. I’ll probably help bake stuff this Christmas but I can spend the whole of next year practising so I can make delicious treats. It’s also going to be interesting to experiment making all of them gluten and dairy free to get them still to be tasty.

What’s on your Christmas bucket list?

Beth x 

My Favourite Christmas Films

One of my favourite ways to get festive this time of year is to watch Christmas films. There are so many Christmas films that you can watch this time of year that it can feel a bit overwhelming. That’s why today I’m sharing my favourite Christmas films to watch this time of year.

Muppet’s Christmas Carol

This is definitely my favourite Christmas film so we’re starting off strong! The story of a Christmas Carol is such a timeless classic and the fact that Muppets are involved just makes it the best Christmas films. Also, the addition of songs is so genius and really makes the film stands out

Nativity!

I only discovered this film a few years ago but it’s become a firm favourite. Again, I love the songs in this film, they’re just so joyous. I also love the layers of stories for all of the different characters and the comedic element added by Mr Poppy.

Elf

I always forget how much I enjoy Elf until I watch it again. I love the way that they’ve used Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer as they’re the springboard, starting point and developed it from there. The story is also really heartwarming and I’m normally close to tears watching it.

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Arthur Christmas

I actually watched this film in cinemas when it first came out and I enjoyed it so much. Now it’s the first Christmas film that I watch each year and I love it. I love how they show the changing world with its modern technology impacting the traditional ways and I’m always crying at the end of the film.

Nightmare Before Christmas

I know there’s a debate whether this film s a Christmas film or not but I personally think it is. We do watch the first part of this film at Halloween but we don’t watch it all until Christmas. I love the stop-motion animation used, it just adds a lovely quality to it.

Polar Express

This is one of the cosiest Christmas films. There’s just something so magical about this film and I absolutely love it. I do feel you need to get cosy and have a hot chocolate to watch this film though.

What’s your favourite Christmas film?

Beth x 

5 Star Reads Of 2019

This year I’ve had a mixed time when it comes to reading. I had a good time at the start, then entered a reading slump and now, I’m finding the joy in reading again. I’ve read a lot of 5 star reads this year so I’ve decided to write a blog post all about them! For each book on this list, I’ve included a synopsis and a review from my Goodreads if I wrote it.

A Crystal of Time – Soman Chainani

My review:

THIS BOOK!! This is my favourite series of all time and just aaaarrrgghh! The end thing with the snake though was amazing and the ending really set up the next book perfectly. I CAN’T WAIT!

Synopsis:

In this fifth instalment in Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling fantasy series, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie, Agatha, and their friends must find a way to overthrow the sinister evil that twists lies into the truth and seeks to rewrite their story.

A false king has claimed the throne of Camelot, sentenced Tedros to death, and forced Sophie to be his queen. Only Agatha manages to escape.

Now Agatha and the students at the School for Good and Evil must find a way to restore Tedros to his throne and save Camelot . . . before all of their fairy tales come to a lethal end.

A Crystal of Time (The School for Good and Evil: The Camelot Years, #2)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

Synopsis:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

 

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)

Heartstopper: Volume One – Alice Oseman

My Review:

So I bought this book today and ended up reading it in one sitting, oops. This was so good and I can definitely see myself reading it over and over. The only problem is having to wait to see what happens next.

Synopsis:

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1)

A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

Synopsis:

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin. 

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)

Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis:

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?

Pumpkinheads

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Heartstopper: Volume Two- Alice Oseman

Synopsis:

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the second volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

Nick and Charlie are best friends. Nick knows Charlie’s gay, and Charlie is sure that Nick isn’t.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is discovering all kinds of things about his friends, his family … and himself.

Heartstopper is about friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

Heartstopper: Volume Two (Heartstopper, #2)

The Boy Who Steals Houses – C.G. Drews

Synopsis:

Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

The Boy Who Steals Houses

Solitaire – Alice Oseman

My Review:

This book had some topics in it which are a bit too close to home but actually, it was a really good thing! This book acted as a sort of form of therapy and I enjoyed the story too

Synopsis:

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.
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The Paper & Hearts Society – Lucy Powrie

My Review:

Sometimes things come into your life at the right moment and this book did just that. I’ve cried several times during it (but that’s good!!) I felt this book was written to me and so I’m glad that it was written. It’s definitely my new favourite book!!!

Just a warning to all those who follow me, I’ll likely be going on about this book forever.

Synopsis:

A brand new series from Booktuber Lucy Powrie – about what happens when you give up on trying to fit in and let your weird out! It’s time to join The Paper & Hearts Society …

Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.

It’s like she hasn’t found her people …

Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING – especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body.

But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it’s the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed’s fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself …

Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?

The Paper & Hearts Society (The Paper & Hearts Society, #1)

What have been your favourite reads of 2019?

Beth x 

The Christmas Tag

I actually really enjoy reading and writing tag posts! So when I was trying to come up with some Blogmas ideas, I knew that I needed to include at least one. I think it’s created by The Enthusiast so all credit goes to them! Although I wasn’t tagged, I thought it would be a fun thing to try.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Muppet’s Christmas Carol! I really like the story of a Christmas Carol and the fact that it includes Muppets and songs that you can sing-along to just makes it my favourite Christmas movie.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

No, but I would love to! It normally snows just before Christmas or in January. I always hope that it will snow one year though.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At home! I love making our house really cosy and then having a lazy day at home on Christmas day.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

In Dulci Jubilo but I actually wrote a blog post on my Top 10 Favourite Christmas Songs

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No, we don’t. I know a lot of people now have Christmas Eve boxes where they have certain presents on Christmas Eve and though I can see the appeal, I do love opening my presents on Christmas day.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Donner, Cupid, Comet, Blitzen, Prancer, Dancer, Donner and Vixin (and Rudolph)

I actually did that without checking and looking it up anywhere so I’m very happy with that. So if it’s slightly wrong when it comes to spelling, that’s why.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

I think just spending time with my family. This year has been tough when it comes to my mental health and so I’m just looking forward to spending some time having fun with my family.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake! I love having real ones and we normally have at least one each year but our main tree and my personal tree are fake. They just last longer, to be honest, and they’re fine for my hayfever so that’s why.

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What’s your favourite holiday food/treat/sweet?

This is a hard one, especially as my diet has changed from last Christmas. I’m now dairy and gluten-free which I wasn’t a year ago. This means that I don’t actually know now. I really like rocky road though so I’ll probably say that.

Be honest. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?

When I was younger, of course, I preferred receiving gifts but I think I now slightly enjoy giving gifts more. I love finding a present that someone would enjoy and waiting to give them to them.

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

I once got given the Playmobil School and I loved it! It was basically a massive school with classrooms and teachers and I used to play with it for hours. I used to get all my school children to line up and go inside the school and I loved it. Although my brother would always get his pirate set and destroy it.

What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I love the idea of going to London or abroad to somewhere like New York or Germany but I hate crowds and busy places like cities. I think I’d love to go to one of the big country houses. I once went to Blenheim palace at Christmas and really enjoyed it so I think I’d love to do it again.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I like to think of myself as a pro present wrapper. It’s taken me a while and a lot of practice but I feel that I can now wrap a present perfectly.

What’s your most memorable Christmas memory?

I actually don’t know. I remember having a huge family Christmas meal and my auntie put hula hoops on her fingers. I also remember when it was the first Christmas with my dog and we brought her upstairs whilst we opened our stockings and she got so excited.

What made you realise the truth about Christmas?

Well, I had expected it for a long time but one day around Christmas I was looking through some baskets to try and find this Christmas train and I came across some presents I wasn’t supposed to see.

What makes the holiday special for you?

Just the feeling of this time of year. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. The Christmas decorations everywhere, the films and songs everywhere are just beautiful. Just everything about Christmas is the best.

I hope you all enjoyed this tag! I never tag people at the end of these type of posts but if you want to try out this tag, please do.

Beth x 

 

My Winter Essentials

Not only does December mean the start of Christmas, but it also means the start of winter. Winter can be a tough season to get through what with the cold weather and the dark evenings so that’s why today I’m sharing my essentials for getting through the next few months

Hat, gloves and scarves

As it gets colder, it becomes more and more important to layer up to keep warm. The worst thing to happen is to go outside without being sufficiently layered and then having to suffer from a cold. Hat, gloves and scarves are the ways that I keep warm especially. They can easily be added to any outfit. You could also wear earmuffs or a thicker coat as well to keep yourself even warmer, especially if you’re going out in the evenings when it can fall into the minus temperatures.

Hot Drinks

In the summer, I really dislike hot drinks but when it comes to winter, they are just simply the best. Of course, I drink a lot of tea (I wouldn’t be English if I didn’t) but it would be very unhealthy if that was the only warm drink I drank. As well as tea other drinks that are perfect for this time of tea include: hot chocolate, herbal tea, lemon water, hot ginger etc.

An Alarm Clock/Alarm From Your Phone

Although it’s lovely that it gets darker in the evenings during winter as it gets all cosy and you can put up all your Christmas lights, the downside is that it’s also darker in the mornings. This does make it more difficult to wake up in the mornings, especially if you’re like me and tends to wake up when it gets light outside. That’s why this time of year is the best when it comes to having an alarm if you don’t have one already.

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Hand Cream

My skin is absolutely awful when it gets to Winter and at the moment with my skin being very sensitive, I can imagine it will get worse. My hands get so dry and so hand cream really is essential for this time of year. I have some mini hand creams that I can easily keep near me or put in a bag to take with me when I go out somewhere.

Long Boots

Although this happens rarely, Winter can signal the beginning of snow! I love snow but it can be a challenge when you have to walk through it as it can get your shoes very wet and then you end up with nothing to wear. That’s why long boots are essential as not only do they keep your feet warmer but they can help you walk through snow without getting them unbearably wet.

What are your essentials for Winter?

Beth x 

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Christmas Games For The Family

When you watch Christmas films, you often see families playing games together but in reality, this is not always the case. It can be hard to find good easy games that you can play all together so today I’m going to be giving some ideas of Christmas games that you can play with your family this Christmas.

20 Questions

20 Questions is such a simple game that you can easily make festive. All you need to do is make a list of different Christmas things like Christmas pudding, mistletoe or Father Christmas.

One of you then needs to pick one or draw one out of a hat and then everyone else needs to ask 20 yes or no questions to see if you can guess the Christmas item!

Christmas Charades

Very similar to 20 questions but instead of asking yes or no questions you instead have to play normal charades (acting out each Christmas item). I feel this would actually be a lot harder than 20 questions.

Blindfold Christmas Drawing

Create a list of Christmas items again. You could make it as simple as items like holly to more harder things like ‘Silent Night’ or ‘Deck the Halls’. To make it harder, put on a blindfold and try drawing the item then!

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Pin The Nose On…

I originally thought that you could Pin the nose on Rudolph but then you could also pin the carrot on the snowman! You need to be a little creative to create a big version of a reindeer or snowman and then a few noses or carrots. I understand that using a pin can be dangerous so instead, you could use some blu-tac to pin the item on.

Christmas Board Games

Instead of making your own games, you could buy some Christmas board games! I personally have a Snoopy Christmas game but I’m sure if you did some searching, you’ll find some good games.

Christmas Trivia

Trivia is always a fun thing to play at Christmas. You could always have a Christmas themed trivia, with Christmas based questions or do a general trivia game which you could make yourself or buy one.

What games do you like to play at Christmas?

Beth x

Top 10 Favourite Christmas Songs

One of my favourite ways to feel festive in December is to listen to Christmas songs! There are a lot of Christmas themed songs so this year I’m setting myself the challenge of choosing my ten favourite Christmas songs. The following songs are not in any particular order, they are just all in my top ten.

Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

This is such a classic! As soon as I hear this song, I just feel so festive.

Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

Another song that gets me into the mood! I mean, it’s sung by one of the Beatles too so of course, it’s going to be here.

Santa’s Coming For Us – Sia

When Sia released her Christmas album in 2017, I wanted to give it ago but I wasn’t convinced that I was actually going to like any of it. I listened to the song ‘Santa’s Coming For Us’ and I liked it so much that it’s become one of my favourites.

Candy Cane Lane – Sia

Another song from Sia’s Christmas album that I love. I also really like the music video with the stop-motion like animation.

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

To be honest, when I first heard this song, I wasn’t a fan of it but it has grown on me. It really is a great song to listen to when you’re driving home for Christmas.

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Scrooge – The Muppet Cast

‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ is my favourite Christmas film so obviously, I had to include songs from it on this list. This is the song at the start of the film so it really does make me feel festive.

One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas – Kermit

I think this song should be played every Christmas Eve. There’s just something so magical about it.

It Feels Like Christmas – Ghost of Christmas Present

This is the jolliest song in the film and it really does make you feel all merry and bright.

2000 Miles – The Pretenders

I think this is one of the most underrated Christmas songs. It’s just a very gentle song that I really like to listen to.

In Dulci Jubilo – Mike Oldfield

I think this could actually be my favourite Christmas song and many of you have probably never heard it. It’s instrumental but it does have a Christmassy feel to it.

Honourable Mentions

Obviously, when I was making this list, I had to leave out some great Christmas songs so I thought I would mention some other songs that I really like.

What is your favourite Christmas film?

Beth x

Spotify Wrapped 2019

It’s that time of the year! Yes, today Spotify launched their Wrapped for 2019 and everyone is seeing their top artists and songs for the year. I did this last year too which you can view here and it’s very interesting to see the difference in what I’m listening to in the space of a year. With every song, I’m going to try the best I can to link it to a YouTube video so you can listen to it if it grabs your interest.

Top Artist

For this category, I was convinced that it would be Taylor Swift but in actual fact it’s…

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

So in case, you don’t know who these people are, they are the composers of the well known Netflix Show Stranger Things! I discovered and started watching Stranger Things this year so it makes sense that they are my top artist for this year.

1,218 minutes streamed

This is actually 20 hours! I’ve spent nearly a whole day listening to the soundtrack of Stranger Things. The songs are at most 3 minutes long so it just shows how much I’ve listened to it.

Top Streamed Song – The First I Love You

This song is from Season 3 of Stranger Things and if you’ve watched the series, you’ll know what part this comes from. This is my favourite piece of music from the soundtrack and so it makes sense that this is my top streamed song.

Top Artists

1. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

As mentioned above this was a surprise for me

2. Taylor Swift

I expected Taylor Swift to be far up this list so it makes sense that she is second. I listened to her latest album a lot when it first came out plus some of her past albums.

3. Dodie

Dodie was actually a lot higher on this list than I thought it would be. I do really enjoy her songs on and is an artist I never skip.

4. Sophia Anne Caruso

I discovered Beetlejuice The Musical in early October and I’ve been listening to it ever since. I love basically all the songs on the album and I love to sing along to the songs specifically sung by Sophia.

5. Billie Eilish

When her latest album came out, I listened to it a lot so it’s no surprise that she makes it into the top 5 of this list. I do quite like her music so it does make sense that she appears on this list.

Artists From Across The World

35 Countries

This year I listened to music from 35 countries in the world. Eurovision means that I listen to a lot of songs from different countries so I think that although at first glance, this seems like a lot but actually makes a lot of sense.

Taylor Swift – United States

Of course after featuring in my top artists, Taylor Swift needs to feature as being in the US.

Lewis Capaldi – United Kingdom

I’ve listened to a lot of Lewis Capaldi this year so it makes sense that he’s mentioned somewhere.

BTS – Korea

I listened to a lot of BTS at the start of this year but towards the end, I’ve kind of stopped listening to them. I listen to a lot more musical theatre though.

Hugh Jackman – Australia

This confused me to start off with but then I released that they’re only referring to Hugh Jackman because of The Greatest Showman.

ABBA – Sweden

I revived my love for ABBA this year so I’m glad ABBA is mentioned on this list somewhere.

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Top Genres

This actually interested me as I listen to such a variety of music that I was wondering what genres they would be around.

1. Pop

2. Hollywood

3. Show tunes

4. Rock

5. New wave pop

Top Songs

I’m someone that listens to a song over and over until I get bored of it so it was interesting to see what songs are deemed to be my top.

1. Me -Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie

2. Peer Pressure – James Bay

3.Freaks  – Jordan Clarke

4.Sister – S!sters

5. Never Ending Story – Gaten Mataraxxo, Gabriella Pizzolo

Minutes Streamed – 17,021 minutes

This amounts to 283 hours or around 12 days full. This does sound a lot when written down but actually, I put my music in a lot in the background so really, it is a lot less than I was expecting.

The last part of my wrapped 2019 is the playlist of my top songs for 2019. It’s very long so I’m going to end this blog post here for people who don’t want to read this long bit. What is your top song or artist for this year?

Beth x 

My Top Songs 2019 Playlist

How To Feel Festive

Sometimes it can be heading towards Christmas but you don’t actually feel festive. That’s why today I’m going to be sharing some simple ways that you can feel more festive.

Wear A Christmas Jumper

I don’t actually have that many Christmas jumpers but I feel that dressing festive actually makes me feel festive. I’d love to buy some more Christmas jumpers in the future, I actually really love the ones that are on the border of ugly but I understand not everyone does. Do you like ugly Christmas jumpers?

Watch A Christmas Film

I LOVE Christmas films! I’m going to be sharing a post later on during Blogmas with all my favourite Christmas films so I hope you look forward to that.

Sing along To Christmas Songs

I sing along to songs at the best of times so when it comes to Christmas, of course, I have to sing along to Christmas songs! I’m going to be sharing my favourite Christmas songs as well later on during Blogmas.

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Put Christmas Decorations Up

This is definitely my favourite part of Christmas as I absolutely love putting up my Christmas decorations each year. I don’t really buy new decorations unless I’m seriously in love which is good for the planet and also makes it all cosy.

Go To A Festive Event

Finally, if you want to be surrounded by Christmas why not go to a Christmas event? You could go to a Christmas light display or go to a museum or cultural site which is holding a Christmas celebration. It really is up to you and you’ll be surprised.

What do you do to feel festive?

Beth x