Undeniably, music has got to be the best part of Christmas (up there with the Doctor Who special). I love listening to festive music even before December and the *sadness* of this year has made even more excuses to get Christmassy early! There will always be Christmas classics and a selection of those have made it to my Top 30 Christmas Songs playlist. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick of blogmas! Let’s get right into it:
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon
Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed The World) – Band Aid
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
One More Sleep – Leona Lewis
All I Want For Christmas – Mariah Carey
Last Christmas – Wham!
Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
Step Into Christmas – Elton John
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Perry Como or It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé
Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M.
Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie
2000 Miles – The Pretenders
Christmas Lights – Coldplay
Cozy Little Christmas – Katy Perry
Walking In The Air – Peter Auty
When A Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Jackson 5
Winter Wonderland – Dean Martin
River – Joni Mitchell
Hope you enjoyed my little Christmas playlist! I would love to make a Spotify playlist but on the free version it always adds random songs… one day people we will be able to afford Spotify Premium.
See you again – this time tomorrow – for another day of blogmas!
I am so shocked to be nominated for yet another award! This is another Awesome Blogger Award tag. I was nominated by my beautiful friend Megan from Megan’s Little Blog. We’re in fact working on a collab at the moment, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Megan writes LGBTQIA+ content, positivity and general life chats. Its such a pleasure to read her blog when a new post is released! I highly recommend you check out her content. It is massively underrated.
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What is your top bucket list destination?
I would love to visit Provence in France, while the lavender is in season. I have been lucky enough to visit France twice, though neither of those times were trips to Southern France, on the Côte d’Azur (this is completely from memory, so I apologise if my French spelling is a little weak). Provence looks so picturesque and it’s my dream to visit there one day. I have a ‘7 Places I’d Like To Visit’ post linked here if you are interested to learn more.
What was/ is your favourite subject at school?
Geography! Both the humanitarian and environmental side of the subject are intriguing for me. I don’t have a fixed idea on a career however something like managing plastic packaging in a supermarket, or going into environmental politics. Although I don’t need a degree to get into that sector, I have always dreamed about experiencing student life so going to university would be ideal. After all, I absolutely love studying!
What is your favourite album right now?
There isn’t just one! I listen to a bit of every One Direction album on a daily basis but at the minute I’ve been playing Midnight Memories more than the others. Been obsessed by Favourite Worst Nightmare from Arctic Monkeys – all of their stuff is amazing but this one has stole my heart in recent weeks. And then Flicker by Niall Horan, and “Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All” by Passenger because the cello in that album is beautiful (I play the cello if you didn’t already know).
What are some things you do when you need a break?
I think I keep a good work/life balance, so this really isn’t a problem for me. Recently I’ve been chilling out by getting out my pencils, calling a friend and chatting for hours while doing a colouring. Here’s my progress, which you will have already seen if you follow me on Instagram!
What is your favourite way to stay organised?
Lists, lists and more lists. I really want to write a post about this, so let me know if that something you’d like to see. I do this thing called a ‘weekly reset’. You may have heard the concept before. It’s the idea that you treat each new week with the ‘New Year’ feeling. I find it really helps me stay on track and organised.
Why did you create your blog?
At the time I began my blog, I just wanted to be Penny Porter from the Girl Online series. As a character she really inspired me. Now I look back they are the cheesiest set of books ever, but I like a bit of cheesiness every now and then. Honestly, I’m not sure why I began a blog. But when my audience started to grow and I could see my writings help people, that’s when I found the real reason behind my hobby: I just want to help people and the planet.
Do you have any tips for being more confident?
My confidence appeared a little bit over night. One day I was really conscious about my size, the next day I woke up and I was just embracing my cute little rolls. Body confidence isn’t an end goal sort of thing – you’re always making progress! That’s my tip, I think. Treat it is a journey not a destination.
What is your go to meal to cook?
Anything with toast. Although it’s basic, you cannot go wrong! Cheese on toast, beans on toast, tinned tomatoes on toast… the list is endless. Plus you can accommodate for multiple tastes. It’s an easy meal and it’s delicious.
What is your favourite concert/ gig/ festival you have been to?
I believe I’ve been to two gigs in my time on this planet? Both were a mix of small indie punk rock bands. They were in small venues too, so I didn’t get anxious in the crowds. If it is an artist I love, crowds aren’t really a problem. It’s being in the dark and not seeing other people’s feet! I fear I’ll step on someone then they’ll turn around and saying ‘what did you do that for?’ and pin me up against a wall. These are punk rock concerts I’m talking about, though. Maybe my fear isn’t so strange after all.
What is your favourite summer outfit?
My paperbag shorts and a baggy t-shirt! Or, if I’m feeling extra special, maybe an off the shoulder top. The weather in the UK isn’t always bright enough for that option though.
Welcome back to the blog, hope you’re doing well. Today’s post is another tag which I’m super excited about. After seeing the trend circulating YouTube, my friend Girl Online decided to bring it to the blogging community. This tag is all about ‘what to do in quarantine’. Thank you so much for the nomination!
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Write at least 7 things to do in quarantine
7 Things To Do In Quarantine
Start A Journal
Journaling is really beneficial for the mind! Since quarantine began, I started a journal and have been writing in it ever since. When I was in school I didn’t really have the time, though now I update it day and night (or at least try to). You can write anything you like in it: problems, goals, gratitude or even keep it as a diary and update it with what’s going on in your life! Through beginning this practise I’ve learned many things about myself.
Begin A Blog Or YouTube Channel
Honestly, these hobbies take so much time! You will not be bored if you decide to do this. It’s really fun to have an online space with online friends, I’ve not met a single blogger who regrets it. Once you have your channel or website running, you may want to open a shop and try to make money from it!
Do Some Creative Writing
Try writing creatively! Whether you choose laptop or notebook doesn’t matter, either way I encourage you to write something imaginative. You might ambitiously decide on a novel, or something smaller like a poem. If you are a musician, you could even have a go at writing your own song! Things like this are abandoned in our busy lives, so make use of this extra time.
Create A Playlist
Making a playlist takes a lot of time, and it’s a very fun activity! I certainly don’t have time to make playlists doing school time, but I can make playlists for when I go back. You might decide on a playlist for different moods! I have one called ‘cry in happiness’ then another called ‘happy vibes’ and finally my ‘sad tunes’. Have fun doing this one!
Read A Book
Pick up a book and start reading it (or listening, whichever is most comfortable). During this difficult time I’ve been escaping to new worlds with my books, and spending too much time wrapped up in my duvet. However, it’s a productive use of time. It also means that you’re not on your phone and being away from social media is just what we need right now! Give it a go, and I’m sure you won’t regret it.
Play An Instrument
I’ve been using this extra time to do more cello practise and it’s benefited my musical brain so much! You may have a musical instrument in the house that you’ve never learned to play properly, or you might even be a musician (that’s so cool if you are). So make sure you’re practising, and just expand your brain a little bit. I am very fortunate to have a keyboard, though I don’t play it as much as I should!
Write Down All Of Your Goals
Getting a clear idea of what you want to achieve helps you better work towards it! I like writing it down on paper, though you may prefer making a dream board on Pinterest. Everyone has dreams spinning about in their head somewhere, and visualising it makes you understand better how to reach them. If you’re still wondering what on Earth I’m rambling about, search up the YouTuber Sadie Aldis. She creates loads of videos on this subject!
Jasmin @ The Writer Of Letters
Rachel @ The World Of Rachel
Alexandra @ You And Me And Cup Of Coffee
Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner
Grace @ Grace Ariya
Hope you can all take part in this tag! If you do, make sure to tag me in it and I will definitely read it.
What have you been doing the most during lockdown? What has kept you motivated?
What are some of your favourite songs to listen to at the moment?
Currently I’m enjoying Fine Line by Harry Styles and a little bit of The Beatles here and there.
If you could shift into an animal, what animal would you want to turn into?
Some sort of bird, definitely. Wouldn’t it be really interesting to fly?
What is one thing you are currently obsessed with?
I love knitting and watching sit-coms! Not the most productive use of time in quarantine but it makes me so happy. I listed in a previous blog post what my favourite TV shows are.
If an unstoppable force collides with an immovable force, what happens?
Would it rebound? I’m not a physics whizz but I’d by interested to hear what happens in this instance. If you have any clue, please let me know in the comments!
What is your favourite book that you read in 2020 so far?
I don’t think there’s a singular book I could pinpoint as my favourite though The Spinster Club series is my favourite read. The first book in that series got me hooked, it’s called “Am I Normal Yet?”
What is the best piece of advice that you’ve received?
Very cliche, but live in the moment. I hold those words in my heart and try to make the most of my time on this Earth.
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
Does it make me bratty to say that I’m not sure? My cello lessons are an amazing gift and I’m very fortunate that my parents could afford them when I started out.
If you could spend a day with anyone (fictional, alive, or dead), who would you choose and what would you do together?
I’d love to spend some time with the Doctor, she is such cool character and I could travel anywhere and be back in one split-second! The best use of a day in any case.
What is your dream reading space?
There’s no need to dream; I already have mine. My bed is positioned an arm’s length away from my bookshelf so I don’t have to get up when I want to grab a book. A small room comes with advantages.
What are your goals (reading or otherwise) for 2020?
My reading goal is 100 books but i’m a little behind on it! Hopefully, like last year, summer will be my time to get ahead. I set myself some goals in a post at the start of the year. At the moment my goals are to do yoga every day, and I’m on day 29! Try not to throw yourself in at the deep end, just set habits monthly and hopefully they’ll lead to you being a better person than at the start of the year.
Please answer Marta’s questions! It may seem like I’m just being lazy, but I’d be interested to hear your response to her questions. Don’t forget to let me know if you take part, by either tagging me in the post or commenting below.
What other posts do you want to see from me? Is there a particular type of post you most like to see from me?
I play the cello and keyboard but I’ve only ever learnt out of a book that my teacher has given to me. Though I don’t mind the pieces assigned to me, it would be nice to learn songs that I recognise. So today’s post is going to be a list of those songs I would like to learn. On cello I’m only Grade 1 so I may not be able to play these pieces until I’ve progressed with my skills. But still, we can dream! I’m much more likely to practise when it’s a piece I know. So this might encourage me!
Hedwig’s Theme – John Williams
I’ve already learnt a little bit of this on keyboard and cello but I’d like to learn the full thing – with chords. Hedwig’s Theme is a Grade 2 piece for cello so that will definitely help me to learn more! My music teacher has already written a simplified piece for keyboard so I can practise that first and then move on to the bigger picture.
Money, Money, Money – ABBA
Due to my mum’s obsession I do already have a music book full of ABBA songs but I hardly pick it up unless I have loads of time in the summer. Though I’ve already set my new year’s goals maybe I could be ambitious and set myself another one?
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
One of my absolute favourites! I do know the notes to this one on cello and keyboard but I’m not very fluent with them.
It sounds so great on cello; it’s the perfect timbre. I’m not so great at pizzicato but with a piece I know the rhythm to it will be easier to learn.
Let It Be – The Beatles
This is quite a popular piece to learn on cello so hopefully there’ll be either free sheet music or a YouTube video to watch!
Do you play any musical instruments? Are there any songs you’d like to learn?