Are you ready for Christmas? I am getting there slowly. The presents are bought and the tree is up. I managed to get Christmas cards in the post in time. I just need to sit down and write my food shopping list and wrap the presents. Wrapping the presents is a bit of a challenge. As I work it makes it difficult to find a moment to wrap them up without my son knowing.When he was younger I often used to be up until the small hours on Christmas Eve struggling with wrapping paper. Now he is a teenager he stays up much later so this is not an option. I am going to have to find some way to sneakily wrap them without him realising what I am doing. My current plan is to tell him I am wrapping the dog’s presents and he has to keep the dog away.
Food shopping is going to be stressful. For some reason people seem to go crazy at Christmas and buy out the shop. The shops are only closed for one day or two days so there is no need to buy six loaves of bread. Make sure you have bought your sage for the sage and onion stuffing well in advance because there is always a great sage shortage the week before Christmas. I am planning to get up early at the weekend and try and beat the crowds. I hope to get most of it done and just need to get the fresh produce a day before.
All this getting ready for Christmas whilst working can be stressful but luckily House of Fraser contacted me and asked to relax over Christmas. In order to help me do this they sent me their Mulled Berry Collection which includes a diffuser, a jar candle and a Botanical candle. I love festive smells in the house and they always make me think of Christmases past. These have a delicious fruit combination of cranberry, cherry & blackcurrant laced with citrus & sweet spice highlights which make the house smell instantly welcoming.
Strangely I have never used a diffuser before, and having tried one I am not sure why not. Shortly after opening the bottle and dipping the reeds in the room was filled with a glorious seasonal smell. The smell lasts for ages and I don’t have to worry about a flame. My dining room now has a glorious sweet and fruity scent with a hint of spice that hits you when you enter the room.
The jar candle, as well as having a lovely scent, adds a nice festive look to the room. It flickers in the red glass jar making the atmosphere relaxing. The botanical candle when lit next to it really adds to the ambience. The flickering flames are great for watching TV in the dark.
Once I have got all the wrapping and shopping out of the way I am looking forward to spending my time off with my family. We will be watching lots of Christmas films and TV specials, getting out board games and jigsaws and getting outdoors for some fresh air. I will also be making a dent in my incredibly large reading pile and finally reading some of the books I have been putting off for ages. I may even get to play the playstation game my son has wanted me to play for ages. I will also be spending a lot of time cooking as I love nothing more than trying new recipes. I am looking forward to the holidays and now I have a nice festive atmosphere in my home I should be able to relax more.
I was sent the fragrance set for the purposes of the post but the opinions are my own.