Win £100 to spend on Christmas at Tesco

I love Christmas.

There. I said it.

I’m not ashamed to be one of the people who gets excited hearing Slade played in shops in November. It makes me happy.

It’s not the actual day so much, which tends to be a bit of an anti-climax, dominated by that slightly over-full-probably-shouldn’t-have-had-bucksfizz-for-breakfast feeling, it’s the build up I love. And the longer the better in my opinion. The smell of a Christmas tree in the morning, choosing presents, eating mince pies and brandy butter for breakfast. It’s all good.

To try and get even the scroogiest of readers into the Christmas spirit, I’m giving you the chance to win £100 to spend on presents in the Tesco Christmas Gift Guide. One hundred whole quid. That’s not too shoddy is it?

To get your name into the lucky Santa hat, all you have to do is sign up to receive my blog posts by email if you don’t already, (at the top of the left sidebar), and leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite thing about Christmas. It’s not compulsory, but if you’d like to also share this post via twitter, facebook, your own blog, carrier pigeon etc, that would be smashing, and very in keeping with it being the season of goodwill to all men.

The competition will close at the end of November, and a winner will be announced as soon after that as I remember to do it.

If you’d like even more chances to win stuff, and who doesn’t, Tesco have told me they’ll be giving away gift vouchers on twitter, so following them would probably be a good idea –

Happy Christmas!



  1. 14 November, 2011 / 4:46 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the children believing in the magic of Santa!

    I have signed up.


  2. 14 November, 2011 / 4:49 pm

    I’m a subscriber! I love having my older kids home for Christmas so I have all of my 5 kids together! (That and having gazillions of chocolates!) @wendymcd83

  3. 14 November, 2011 / 4:51 pm

    Already receive your emails :)
    The thing I love about christmas is having the whole family together, even my mum and dad (who are divorced) come round to us and we all have a fab day :)

  4. Sarah
    14 November, 2011 / 4:52 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is my daughter. She was born 8 days before Christmas day in 2009 and I spent that year cuddled up on the sofa snuggling and sniffing my newborn while all around me were sparkly lights, happy people opening lovely presents and tasty food, we even got snow outside! It was perfect and the memories are beautiful :)

  5. 14 November, 2011 / 4:53 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the time off with all the family and the TV specials. I agree that the build up is the best thing though.

  6. Danielle Baker
    14 November, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    Hiya ,
    What a lovely competition!
    I already subscribe to your blog :)

    I know it sounds corny but my absolute favourite thing about Christmas is seeing the joy on my little girl’s face when she opens her presents on christmas morning.
    I’ll have two little ladies this year as it’s my newborn daughter’s first christmas too!!
    How exciting!


  7. 14 November, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    I love Christmas, because it is a lovely family time! I already receive your emails @anna8301

  8. 14 November, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    There are people who don’t get you emailed to them? Wow. Well I think that I love giving gifts at Christmas the most because who doesn’t like to give?!

  9. Nesbo
    14 November, 2011 / 5:07 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is that at the age of 30, it’s still new to me.
    Yes, dear Slummy Single Mummy readers, December 25, 2011, will be my SECOND Christmas.
    And because of that, I appear to be carrying the excitement you expect to see in a two-year-old. The wrapping paper, the glittery balls and the general anticipation of the whole period is slowly making me giddy with glee.
    Yes, I won’t have many family members around me, and yes I’m expecting more Tippex than Rolex, but it doesn’t matter.
    For me, the novelty of Christmas hasn’t worn off because it’s still so fresh.
    So that is what I love about it, it makes me feel like a child again.

  10. 14 November, 2011 / 5:10 pm

    Already a subscriber, obv.

    And my favourite thing about Christmas is Boxing Day. Way more fun than the actual day as there’s no pressure, it’s all about playing with the new things, trying on the new clothes, the final push at watching everything you’ve highlighted in The Radio Times and rather than having your hand smacked for trying to eat all of the food you’re told you must eat more. Brill.

  11. suzanne cooke
    14 November, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    Signed up x

  12. michelle
    14 November, 2011 / 5:20 pm

    The things i love about Christmas = is now i have a child im getting to be excited about it all again …..Before child i hated it except for partys and drink … its all the other things ….the lights, decorations,making stuff, finding presents,cooking,opening presents,films,music,santa,stockings its just fun and i love it,
    I cant wait till my child understands about Santa then i think even more fun

  13. Sami Wilkins
    14 November, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    All signed up and my favourite bit is seeing the kids faces on xmas day and all the oldy films I can watch with them xx

  14. melanie
    14 November, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    I’ve subscribed. The thing I love most is first thing christmas morning when the kids run in all excited saying….’mummy, father christmas has been’……such excitement on their little faces. It makes everything worth while!!!

  15. 14 November, 2011 / 5:30 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is all the preparations – buying presents & wrapping them (and hiding the kids ones!), putting the decorations up & all that party food!

  16. redrosemummy
    14 November, 2011 / 5:31 pm

    I subscribe by email. The thing I love most is sharing it with my little boy. This will be his second Christmas and we are building our little traditions and I am sure he will take much more interest and enjoy it so much more this year.

  17. 14 November, 2011 / 5:31 pm

    I am soooo excited for Xmas!!! Spending it with my OH for the 1st year which will be nice! Have subscribed via email & going to tweet link now (@NicsNotebooK) x

  18. Carrie
    14 November, 2011 / 5:49 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with being wrapped up warm and hearing Christmas sons (like you, love hearing them in November…the sooner the better, I think!). This year, my favourite thing will be having our 6 month baby experience Christmas and setting up our own traditions that I hope will continue long into the future!

    (I’ve subscribed too…thank you!)

  19. 14 November, 2011 / 5:52 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is seeing everyone else’s faces when they open the presents I give them. I don’t know when this changed and it became about other people’s presents rather than my own but changed it has and I guess that means I’m a grown up! Looking forward to having a very grown up Christmas watching my daughter and family open up my presents most of which will be hand made thuis year as we are having a ‘Walton’s Christmas!’

  20. Laura
    14 November, 2011 / 6:08 pm

    What I love about Christmas is that you can put all your worries to the side for one day and enjoy the festivities with family.

  21. katie walters
    14 November, 2011 / 6:09 pm

    fave thing about christmas is my son getting excited opening his presents :-)

  22. 14 November, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    Subscribed today (WP).

    There’s so much I like about Christmas – for me it is not the day but a whole season. I suppose the best bit (for me) is finding that perfect present – something you like, something he will love AND within budget.

    Favourite food is stollen (recipe, my blog). Tesco do a fabulous Finest Stollen last year : all marzipan and flaked almonds, glace cherries… Don’t you go buying them all up though- I have to wait til january to better afford them !

    Coincidentally I have a Christmassy blog post today too…

  23. Fiona Firth
    14 November, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    I am a bit like you I think and like the build up. Choosing what I think my children will enjoy, the food, the prep and this year thinking what sort of cakes to bake for the school fair :). The day itself is good but always feels a bit rushed these days. The children rip in to their presents where as I always like to be a bit more sedate and savour things. It is like a whirlwind and I don’t know who to watch for the best lol.

    I have followed you for months now and love getting my regular emails of your blog. You make me smile :) (hope that didn’t sound as creepy to you as it did to me lol )

  24. Emma smith
    14 November, 2011 / 6:18 pm

    The best thing about Christmas is watching the kids opening their presents and snuggling up with my boyf when the kids in bed and watching re runs on the tv. This year we will have a 6 week old baby too soo it will be even more magical x

  25. 14 November, 2011 / 6:20 pm

    I love getting together with family and friends at Christmas

  26. Todd Specht
    14 November, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the food! Can’t go wrong with a turkey roast and all the trimmings and a glass of wine (or 3!)! A real chance to have that rare over-indulgence!

  27. Gemma D
    14 November, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    Have signed up. Love the xmas dinner and the xmas pud…and of course a little boy to spoil this year :-)

  28. 14 November, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    Well bah humbug! What do I like about Christmas …. Errr …. Was going to say the food but all that is available the rest of the time …. Errr …. James Bond films; again also available the rest of the time ….

    Oh I know NUTS, chestnuts that is. I love ’em, roasted chestnuts are the dog’s danglies, they are up there in my “top 10 favourite foods of all time” along with stuff like lobster (and liver bizarrely as most people I know seem to despise it). PLUS you can’t buy them all year round (not easily anyway).

    So there ya go, I like nuts for Christmas, and I don’t like socks ….

    • 16 November, 2011 / 12:33 pm

      And before anyone says I’m a miserable old scrote, my family is scattered far, wide and thin. There are no young children in the family and in my new job I’m probably gonna be working :p

      Christmas is about family and children really, and if you haven’t much of and/or any then Christmas just seems much like “any other day” in my opinion.

  29. Kelly Lyon
    14 November, 2011 / 7:10 pm

    I LOVE being around family at Christmas. The general christmas happiness and relaxed atmosphere. Roll on christmas 2011!

  30. 14 November, 2011 / 7:14 pm

    I’m already subscribing!

    My favourite thing about Christmas is going shopping into Cardiff with my mum and buying all the scrummy foods in the old delicatessen. And then scoffing them all over the Christmas period!

    Thanks for a great comp!

  31. 14 November, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    Have subscribed.

    My favorite thing about Christmas is the lights, sparkles and the colours. So much fun.

  32. kezthwaite
    14 November, 2011 / 7:33 pm

    have subscribed and tweeted as @kezthwaite
    my favourite thing about christmas is seeing the kids face (all 6 of them !) light up when they see thier presents , makes all the stress ,shopping and everything involved as a parent getting christmas ready worthwhile

  33. Sharon
    14 November, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    What I love most about Christmas is being able to spend some time with my daughter just having some fun together & watching all the christmas movies :o) xxxx

  34. 14 November, 2011 / 7:52 pm

    The best thing about Christmas is having all the family and other relatives especially the ones from abroad all together.xx

  35. Mr Danny Cox
    14 November, 2011 / 8:05 pm

    Christmas is all about time off from work and a well-earned rest!

  36. Julie Booth
    14 November, 2011 / 8:08 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the children still believing in Santa.

  37. Emma Clarke
    14 November, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    I love Christmas because it gives me an opportunity to cook THE biggest roast dinner!!

  38. arthur
    14 November, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    favourite thing is mums home made christmas pudding. i’m 44 now and still finding a sixpence in mine! But at 84 i think she is getting a bit muddled with the right mixture but hey who cares…just mess up the brandy dosage why don’t you..hehe

  39. kirsty
    14 November, 2011 / 8:54 pm

    My favourite thing has to be getting the house all ready for christmas. My sister, nephew and neice come to my house and we get it all pretty and then go to hers and do the same there. The christmas music is on and the glitter is floating everywhere. It’s magic.

  40. Caley Briant
    14 November, 2011 / 8:56 pm

    My fav thing about Christmas is Christmas eve and telling my daughter the story of when Santa visits in the nite when she is sleeping but only if she is sleeping no peeking! Then putting out some goodies for Santa with Megan, and looking forward to seeing her little face light up on christmas morning when she has realised Santa’s been, this Christmas is also going 2 b even more exciting for us now our new addition (baby jack) is here, Megan is allready telling her baby brother all about Santa and is very excited about being the big sister who gets 2 help jack open all his presents

    14 November, 2011 / 9:15 pm

    I am already signed up :)
    My favorite thing about christmas is christmas eve, i love the cooking of mince pies. the last minute wrapping of christmas prescents . And in the evening when the kids have gone to bed.( My kids are 22 and 14 now but i still get them a stocking which they love ) Drink some mulled wine with some cheese and biscults while listening to carols :)

    This year my son’s girlfriends little boy is staying for christmas eve and day so he’s going to be excited about Father christmas coming and so am i lol ! :)

  42. Claire Jennings
    14 November, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the whole build up…. The wonderful feeling in the air at this time of year!! :-)

  43. Claire T
    14 November, 2011 / 9:55 pm

    What a lot of comments :)
    I also love the build up to Christmas..! When you first see the Coca-Cola advert: ah, just magical! I love the lights and heating on in the house when it’s cold outside and I loooove wrapping up warm in winter clothes! I love the time off work with my lovely family. I also love walking down the road in the week before – everyone just seems so jolly and people actually smile at each other! And all this because of one day in the bleak mid-winter (wait, that’s a line from a song. I’ve gone too far!).
    I love the idea of it all; friends and family over for mulled wine, my 4 year old will be so excited about Father Christmas coming this year!!! I also love the fact that, even in my early 30s, it still gives me the same buzz of excitement that I had when I was a child!
    Ok – now you’ve got me thinking about it! Happy :) xxx

  44. 14 November, 2011 / 10:17 pm

    I love the feeling that you get at Christmas that reminds you how lucky you are to have a great family and that not everyone is so lucky. My tear jerker is always hearing Silent Night, been known to cry when I’ve heard the Salvation army playing in the street. It reminds me of my Great Grandad and when I was a wee girl. He used to have a Christmas angel that you wound up and played Silent Night. You have to cherish your memories. Christmas is extra special now as I became a Grandma this year so we have a special little boy to make some magical Christmas memories with :)

  45. 14 November, 2011 / 10:36 pm

    What I love about Christmas is tgat I still get as excited as I did 20 years ago! I cannot wait to get the tree up and decorated, getting the boys involved and making new decorations.
    We don’t have a colour theme, the paper is always a mix of colours and the tree is covered in coloured lights :)
    I live sitting in our living room in the dark surf the tree lights twinkling and snuggling up on the sofa
    Oh and Pepernoten!!! X

    Not sure how to sign up on my phone??

    • 14 November, 2011 / 10:38 pm

      Sorry few typos there!! Love* watching* the lights, not surfing!!!

  46. 14 November, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    I have signed up, and I love Christmas Shopping!!

  47. Hana FH
    14 November, 2011 / 11:08 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the Christmas Tree ;)

    I have signed up

  48. 14 November, 2011 / 11:12 pm

    have signed up. my fave thing about xmas is when it’s over lol!

  49. 14 November, 2011 / 11:21 pm

    I love all of christmas but my favourite thing is knowing that we are creating so many special memories and family traditions.

  50. 15 November, 2011 / 12:40 am

    my favourite thing about christmas is the atmosphere..

  51. Anthony gonsalves
    15 November, 2011 / 1:44 am

    Subscribed! My favorite thing about Christmas is the tree and decorations, and the smell of all things Christmas related – especially Christmas lunch!

  52. 15 November, 2011 / 2:14 am

    My favourite thing about CHRISTMAS is that it brings everyone together, for invaluable family time!

  53. Mrs Jackie Cox
    15 November, 2011 / 8:00 am

    It forces everyone into making an effort and seeing each other. Too many times people use the excuse of their busy lives for not spending time with family as much as they should.

  54. Cheryl Huntingford
    15 November, 2011 / 8:52 am

    My favourite thing about Christmas is having all my family together!! This Christmas is going to be a very special Christmas as it is my little boys first Christmas and I will be having the step children with us too :-) I can not wait!!

  55. Zoe LB
    15 November, 2011 / 9:34 am

    My favourite thing about Christmas is decorating the house and filling the stocking ready for the children to rip through the next morning :)

  56. Gordon
    15 November, 2011 / 9:53 am

    New subscriber. Christmas is fun to watch my children’s excitement and a chance to relax all together.

  57. Shelley Bird
    15 November, 2011 / 10:03 am

    Where to start! Love the festive spirit, picking gifts for the family, cheesy songs, chocolate without guilt every morning for 1 whole month, tree, lights (national grid probably don’t appreciate just how many bulbs are glowing on our house every evening), best of all the kids faces on Christmas morning! I love to spend unspoilt family time, indulging in everything we don’t usually get to eat and do!!!!
    Following blog, great read!
    Shelley Bird – Facebook

  58. Emma Slingsby
    15 November, 2011 / 10:05 am

    I have subscribed!
    I have always loved everything about Christmas, the pretty lights, candles, yummy food, buying presents, snow, seeing family…but now Christmas has been made even more special by the arrival of my gorgeous little girl who was born exactly one week before Christmas neraly two years ago. I can’t wait to celebrate with her and the rest of out family.

  59. Cristina
    15 November, 2011 / 10:31 am

    Watching people’s faces when they open their presents

  60. Charmaine
    15 November, 2011 / 10:43 am

    Used to be Top of the Pop on Christmas day..but now its going to pick the christmas tree and the smell of it in the lounge when i open the door every morning x

  61. Anne-Marie Turner
    15 November, 2011 / 10:59 am

    Signed :)
    I love the build up, trying to get the best deals early, matching 3 for 2 offers, getting every type of cream Tesco sell, using clubcard points for tins of sweets and mince pies, lining the kitchen draws with fancy paper, looking at the hrs of work put into putting up the Christmas tree and wondering ‘would it have looked better over the other side of the room?’ and the sitting down to watch a Christmas film with a mince pie (with a selection of creams!!)

  62. 15 November, 2011 / 11:22 am

    Usually I’m not a fan of Christmas, as previous years have never been particularly great. But as a new mum, I’m SO looking forward to Christmas this year! My little man will be 10 months old, and I can’t wait to see the magic in his eyes when we come down the stairs, see piles of presents, a gorgeous tree, lots of homemade decorations and seeing whether or not Father Christmas and the Reindeer ate the snacks we will have left out. :D So exciting!

  63. Hayley
    15 November, 2011 / 11:34 am

    The best thing about Christmas is trying to build the excitement for my 9mth old – the presents/decorations/lights can’t wait to see the look on her face when she can go mad ripping all the wrapping paper off!

    Hayley x

  64. Dawn Leggott
    15 November, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    I never liked Christmas until I had my daughter, this year we will be putting the tree up at the beginning of dec (not christmas eve) just so we can see her face the next morning when she comes downstairs. And I can’t wait until Christmas morning when she comes downstairs and her nana’s and grandads are all there to see her open all her pressies!!!

  65. DiarmadsMummy
    15 November, 2011 / 1:02 pm

    The best thing about Christmas this year is that it’ll be my first year of being Santa! I can’t wait!
    Diarmad’s only 8mth tho so we’ll not be going mad on the prezzies, but I can’t wait to see his face when we light up the tree…. hmmm, might have to take the wheels of the baby walker if I don’t want Distructo Baby to destroy it rally car style :D

  66. 15 November, 2011 / 1:15 pm

    My favourite thing about THIS Christmas is, it is going to be my beautiful baby daughter 1st one and I cannot wait! And I cannot wait to make it even more special for her every year as she grows up and she gets to understand it more x

  67. Kerry
    15 November, 2011 / 1:28 pm

    Well, I love everything about Christmas, but this year will be super- special, as it’s my first as a Mummy. I can’t wait for my then 6 month old daughter to be playing with her new toys with a big smile on her face. That will make my Christmas :) A few tears from her Daddy and me, I think! xx

  68. Simone
    15 November, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    I loooove the decorations on the streets and houses. It’s like the city is smiling with a hundred different colours!

  69. 15 November, 2011 / 1:48 pm

    I enjoy putting up the tree and decorations, all the excitement coming from my four children whilst they are listening to christmas songs is wonderful, we have moved to a small village and they have traditional carrol singers in the village square whilst people are being handed minced pies and mulled wine. Brilliant :)

  70. Robynn McArthur
    15 November, 2011 / 1:48 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the smells, I love them. The spices, the trees, the fake snow, the smell of warm food. Chestnuts too. All of them are so amazing! Then there is the atmosphere!! Nothing beats it, well tbh I love EVERYTHING about Christmas.

  71. amy
    15 November, 2011 / 3:05 pm

    My favourite thing is the smell of the christmas tree :)

  72. charlotte
    15 November, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    Getting together with family and seeing the kids faces light up. I think its the one day when you really can make your kids feel like there isn’t a care in the world. Making sure kids feel the magic of christmas is what christmas is all about!!

  73. 15 November, 2011 / 5:02 pm

    Forgeting everything else for a day and just being happy to see all the family together near the tree, and seeing my daughter’s endless smile!!!

  74. 15 November, 2011 / 6:07 pm

    Already subscribed. I love helping the kids put out snacks for Santa (& his reindeer) and settling the kids to bed on Christmas Eve and then helping Santa feed the reindeer later!

  75. paul murphy
    15 November, 2011 / 7:03 pm

    Secretly enjoying being the last to bed on christmas eve to play santa to my now 24 year old daughter, Ellie. Pretending to be grumpy about it was part of the fun. Bittersweet now as I approach my first christmas as a single divorced dad…….

  76. Graham Freeman
    15 November, 2011 / 7:44 pm

    Time off work, relaxing, eating, drinking, watching rubbish telly programs and people opening their presents Xmas Day are my favorite things about Christmas… :-)

  77. Sean Hoggard
    16 November, 2011 / 4:21 am

    It’s all about the kids, well that and family time, then there’s presents, eating too much, Bond on the box, no work, sauntering around the sales, what’s not to like?

    16 November, 2011 / 9:10 am

    I love spending time with the family, enjoying good food & drink, after dinner we will all play a board game together and then sit down to a good family film with the tin of chocolates being passed around, and if it’s cold and snowy outside it’s just perfect!!! Can’t wait!! xx

  79. 16 November, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    The most magical time at christmas for me is watching my son open his present from his dad, He has Autism and his father died when he was three..
    We have a tradtition where he opens his present from his father on christmas morning(a gift which i have bought obviously) and then light a candle before visiting his dads grave to lay his favourite chocolate, then we snuggle down and watch 80’s christmas movies <3

  80. 16 November, 2011 / 6:41 pm

    Christmas morning when the children come downstairs and see the great man himself has been is the best thing about the whole of christmas to me

  81. Lauren Powell
    16 November, 2011 / 10:37 pm

    I love opening an early christmas present of pyjamas on Christmas eve, putting them on, getting in a nice clean bed and waiting for the magic to begin the next day! I’m especially excited about starting the tradition this year for my 10 month baby Harry!

  82. 16 November, 2011 / 11:15 pm

    my babies 7&8 still believe in father christmas at least for one more year so this year has to be the best. to many have tried to spoil it so far but they won’t win lol

  83. 17 November, 2011 / 11:23 am

    followed :)

    my fave thing about christmas is the excitement on the kids faces during the build up, and the wonder on toddlers faces when all the pretty decorations are everywhere x

  84. s robertson
    17 November, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    The christmas tree lights and chocolates

  85. Linda Tweed
    17 November, 2011 / 1:35 pm

    My daughter, 8, still believes in Santa too. It’s great fun helping her put a snack out for him on Christmas Eve, then watching her face light up in the morning when she sees her presents — that is, if she manages to get any sleep overnight :)

  86. middz
    17 November, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    Im ready for xxxmas action. Favourite bit: Turkey for weeks!

    17 November, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with loved ones.

  88. Kam
    17 November, 2011 / 1:53 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with Family and just have fun.

  89. 17 November, 2011 / 2:47 pm

    Buying the christmas tree is the best bit, its when the excitement starts building and the house suddenly feels festive

  90. 17 November, 2011 / 2:51 pm

    Yay, Christmas! I can’t pick one thing I love about this most festive time of year; I love everything about it. A condition of entering the competition, you say? Oh, ok then, if I’m pushed, the thing I love best is the comraderie of it all: talking about how you’re going to spend the holidays, moaning about how far behind you are on your Christmas shopping, the endless discussions about whether it’s going to snow. Christmas happens to everyone, and so everyone talks about it, even if it is to have a whinge. That’s what I love. Now… show me the money! :)

  91. Tee
    17 November, 2011 / 3:01 pm

    Favorite thing about Christmas for me, is relaxing and having a laugh with all the family gathered together for that one special day of the year.

  92. 17 November, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    My favourite thing about christmas is the feeling that everything is going to be alright because you’re close to your loved ones and there’s always a light in the darkness.

    I love how my mum cooks all the things I like with so much love, while my dad enjoys his cup of fresh wine looking at us with so much joy in his eyes.

  93. Sue
    17 November, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    I’m now a subscriber. My favourite thing would have to be decorating the tree a skill a learnt from my dad

  94. Heli
    17 November, 2011 / 5:41 pm

    My favorite thing about Christmas is simply spending quality time with my family. I love not having to run around like a headless chicken doing the school-run and all the other necessary things to keep the household running efficiently. (Well, I’m trying at least!!!!) ps. I’m a subscriber now.

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  96. elaine robinson
    17 November, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    All signed up.The best thing about christmas is the trees the lights and the excitement of my two daughters as they wait for santa to come.

  97. kerry
    17 November, 2011 / 8:01 pm

    My Fave thing about christmas is my sons face when he opens his presents!!

  98. carol phile
    17 November, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    Have subscribed. The best thing about Christmas is that lovely feeling after Xmas Dinner when it’s all done and my family are full and happy and we sit down to share our presents.

  99. Chris
    17 November, 2011 / 10:12 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is watching films i’ve seen 15 times before but don’t mind because i’m watching them with family (again)

  100. paul murphy
    17 November, 2011 / 10:49 pm

    My favourite thing about christmas so far this year is the new John Lewis ad, which I think is gorgeous and tugs hard at the heart strings. As a grown up I am pretty cynical about most things, including hard sell commercial ads, but deep down we are all little boys wanting to give our mum a present, aren’t we?

    And it is beatifully made……

  101. Mark Stevens
    17 November, 2011 / 11:25 pm

    My favourite part of Christmas is Christmas eve, were lucky our little whirlwind is still excited about Father Christmas and there’s something a little bit more special about getting the meats ready, wrapping last minute gifts and altogether the whole atmosphere. For me it even outshines Christmas day.
    And also I believe in father Christmas by Greg lake, when i hear that its christmas for me.

    Also signed up.

  102. 17 November, 2011 / 11:47 pm

    Decorating the tree, drinking warm hot chocolate with marshmallows, listening to Christmas music on my Ipod, touring the town to look at light displays, shopping for Christmas presents, finally getting to open the presents Christmas morning, baking sugar cookies with my mom, celebrating the birth of Jesus, dressing up for church on Christmas Eve, choosing a poor childs name off of the church Christmas tree and getting them a Christmas present, seeing little kids at the mall talking to Santa, watching snow fall gently to the ground, going to my town’s annual Christmas festival where we get to ice skate and take sleigh rides, eating so many kinds of delicious food, and spending precious time with my family.

  103. sima halimi
    18 November, 2011 / 12:50 am

    just having family around

  104. 18 November, 2011 / 1:33 am

    Love Christmas too, that feeling of unbridled indulgence on the day.

  105. Isobelle Forde
    18 November, 2011 / 8:37 am

    Im following your blog!

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the atmospheric build-up, the snow (if we get it!) decorating the tree together and making a night of it as a family with nibbles and mulled wine or hot cider, Christmas carollers and going ice skating or just wrapping up for a winter walk with the family and of course the opportunity to spend time off work with loved ones at home in the warm!

  106. 18 November, 2011 / 9:02 am

    I love Christmas too! I don’t know what it is about it that I still find magical all these years later! I love the Christmas films, we’ve receorded some already and I have even made a start on my Christmas shopping, a huge no-no for me usually as I am the last minute sort of person. I’m looking forward to some time off work and for a nice time to relax with the family. With as little stress as possible this year, please! :o) xx

  107. Joy
    18 November, 2011 / 1:16 pm

    for years, the best thing about christmas was the tingling of excitement in my tummy on CHristmas eve, it felt so magical, my mum always tried so hard to capture the feeling and that feeling has never left me. Even through divorce, ill health, breakdown and loss, the feeling I still get on CHristmas eve has never left me. My two eldest children are now 21 and 17, they still tell me how even at their age, they get the same tingle on Christmas eve. I am now looking forward to doing it all again as I have a lovely 8 month old baby girl with my gorgeous man, I can’t wait to make magical for her too. I can’t wait to see her face when all the fairy lights are lit, the fire is glowing and the tinsel and glitter will be sparkling softly. It’s not about the presents, it’s about the time we spend together, those special moments you can’t recreate. They aren’t babies and children for long so I intend to relish every second of it. And I am so grateful for them. Merry Christmas for when it comes, big love and starlight kisses,

  108. G Neale
    18 November, 2011 / 3:01 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is being able to wake up and enjoy THE DAY without worrying about work.

  109. Tom
    18 November, 2011 / 4:05 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the food. The large amounts of awesome food! :D

  110. Christine Lockley
    18 November, 2011 / 7:21 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the quality time I get to spend with family and friends – no rushing round trying to get to school and work, none of the day-to-day mundane jobs, just lots of time together, lots of love and laughter – bliss

  111. Alison Johnson
    18 November, 2011 / 9:13 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is family. We are really struggling so the kids don’t get the big things like their friends but they do get lots of games and time, which is far more important. I always make the tree look great (we bought it before everything went wrong and is 7ft!!!) and everyone pitches in with preparing the Dinner and clearing up after. I just LOVE Christmas!

  112. mary barton
    18 November, 2011 / 10:26 pm

    nice and simple my fav thing about christmas is seeing my childrens faces seeing light, presents etc and letting them eat and drink till their hearts content on christmas day xxx

  113. karen harrison
    19 November, 2011 / 11:19 am

    My favourite thing is everyone pitching in for the meal and playing games and having a few drinks – and the fact that I can nap in front of the TV without shame!

  114. 19 November, 2011 / 4:05 pm

    I have signed up!!!

    My favourite thing about christmas is setting up our christmas tree with the children and it takes a while as it is 8ft!!!!watching the children get all excited about going to santas grotto and seeing santa!!! and when family come together for the one magical day of the year!!!also watching my childrens faces on christmas morning when they open their presents and the way their eyes light up!!!!This year we will be celebrating with our new addition to the family who will be 15 weeks old on christmas eve!!!x x

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  116. Cathy
    20 November, 2011 / 8:22 pm

    I love having all my family around me on Xmas day, playing games and seeing my daughters face when we wake up on Xmas morning.

  117. 21 November, 2011 / 12:15 pm

    Christmas has become more special since having my daughter. The excitement and the long awaited arrival of Santa Claus makes it really magical for her. This happiness in turn is quite addictive for the entire family..Thanks Ipshita @minor_edition

  118. caroline mccabe
    21 November, 2011 / 12:18 pm

    my favourite thing about Christmas is seeing my little girl telling Santa exactly what she would like for Christmas. She looks so serious!

  119. 21 November, 2011 / 12:30 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is it being over…

  120. Crystal Mse
    21 November, 2011 / 12:36 pm

    Really lovely Blog !

    I’ve subscribed …

    My favourite thing about Christmas is being able to have chocolate for breakfast (and not feeling guilty about it!)

    Many Thanks !



  121. Arabella B
    21 November, 2011 / 1:18 pm

    Have subscribed. The best thing about Christmas is everyone sharing “goodwill”. It’s so lovely that everyone makes an effort and a good mood and a smile is infectious! Many thanks and kind regards. xxx @UtterlyBumpty

  122. 21 November, 2011 / 5:27 pm

    Have subscribed ……… I love the food at christmas!

  123. Lyndsey Brett
    21 November, 2011 / 5:27 pm

    The best thing about Christmas, you mean apart from the presents? ;p

    I love Christmas. I know people nowadays like to complain about what a pain it is but I still love it, even at 22! The best thing about is definitely the excitement and the build up to the big day.
    And so what if it’s much more commercial these days? I LOVE buying presents for my family. I love the Christmas adverts on TV (particularly the ‘Holidays are coming’ Coca Cola truck and Toys R us) and I love listening to Christmas songs on the radio. Last Christmas by Wham is my favourite – always reminds me of being a kid in the 90’s!
    As long as I get to see my family on Christmas Day then I’m happy.

  124. Caroline jones
    21 November, 2011 / 5:43 pm

    I love the magic Christmas brings, everybody is excited and happy, love it so much that me and hubby to be have booked to get married next Christmas! X

  125. Lorraine Bishop
    21 November, 2011 / 6:25 pm

    The best part if the family just having the time to be all together. No work commitments so everybody can relax. Its all to rare for this to happen these days.

  126. 21 November, 2011 / 8:55 pm

    Favourite thing is the decorations I put up at the beginning of December. I like a whole month of festive cheer and can’t wait to get the trees up, decs all over the house (inside) and pressies wrapped under the trees. I absolutely love it!

    CJ xx

  127. Sue Rowley
    21 November, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    Dressing my Westie up in her Santa doggy outfit and walking her through the village Christmas Eve…she loves all the attention she gets.

  128. Karin Hall
    21 November, 2011 / 9:42 pm

    I have subscribed..
    What I have loved most about Christmas as a kid is all the smells and sights beforehand… Baking biscuits with my mum, decorating the house, and then Christmas Eve itself (being German, we celebrated on Christmas Eve). Not even so much the presents either, but a really nice dinner with everybody first, then a walk with everybody, with luck through the snow etc. etc.!

  129. Leela Nicholson
    22 November, 2011 / 10:59 am

    This is our second Christmas with our beautiful daughter who will be 14 months old on Christmas day, we’re looking forward to seeing her reaction when we put the tree up and then trying to keep the Christmas tree upright and intact from her inquisitve little fingers, stopping the cats climbing the tree as our angelic little girl screeches at them in excitement whenever they cross her path, managing to keep any presents wrapped up under the tree until Christmas morning, and taking photos of her in front of the tree which has since been re-decorated to cover only half the tree as our daughter practices her new found skill of throwing….though we wouldn’t have it any other way and it certainly wouldnt be Christmas without her.

  130. Faye Godwin
    22 November, 2011 / 12:34 pm

    Last year was the first Christmas that my Daughter really got excited (she was nearly 5), I remember as her and I walked downstairs and the look on her face when she saw gifts underneath the tree. She said out loud ‘Look Mummy, Father Christmas has come.’ She physically shook with excitement.

    The pleasure I got from her and I in that room and her asking if she could open each gift was the best gift I have ever had.

    May that magic never end.

  131. Susanna Callaghan
    22 November, 2011 / 11:47 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the Christmas lights – everywhere looks so warm and welcoming!

  132. Carol Dixey
    23 November, 2011 / 12:29 pm

    My favourite part of Christmas is watching the kids open their presents,seeing the excitement on their faces.

  133. 24 November, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    My favourite bit about Christmas is the lack of rush and hurry for a few days whilst we all sit back and watch films and enjoy time with our family @Bobbity666

  134. LORNA WI
    25 November, 2011 / 8:55 am


  135. SABELLA
    26 November, 2011 / 9:27 am

    I love Christmas too – the festive air, the colours, the food and drink, the music and even the chilly weather. But most of all I love Jesus Christ, without whom Christmas would not even exist!

  136. Danielle Baker
    26 November, 2011 / 3:46 pm

    Hiya ,
    I already receive you’re emails!
    My favourite thing about Christmas is seeing my little girl’s face when she opens her presents.
    The sheer joy to be seen is wonderful.
    This will be my new baby’s first christmas so we’re looking forward to being a family of 4!

  137. Emily Hutchinson
    27 November, 2011 / 10:51 am

    My favourite thing is watching people open presents, I get more excited than they do, it doesn’t really matter what is inside, it’s the opening that counts. Because of this I have a habit of giving people loads and loads of really pointless gifts all wrapped up, like a tin of beans or some pan scrubs.

  138. 27 November, 2011 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve signed up :)

    The thing i love the most is that feeling when you go to bed on Chirstmas eve knowing tomorrow is going to be a magical day for the kids.

    I always used to wake as a child around 5 am open my stocking then lay awake for a few hours so excited before getting my parents up!

  139. 28 November, 2011 / 11:49 am

    My favourite thing about Xmas is seeing family. A lot of my family is all over the UK and don’t get to see them often. Now I’m engaged and live near fiancé’s family it’s great to have a whole new family so close by :)

  140. Suzanne Goodwin
    30 November, 2011 / 2:51 pm

    My favourite thing about Christmas is the build up too and particularly going to the fabulous Christmas Markets in Manchester. Sipping mulled wine, soaking up the atmosphere – it’s brilliant!

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