Bloggers Secret Santa 2019

For the second year running, I signed up for Bloggers Secret Santa organised by Casey, from casestreetx. Bloggers from all parts of the UK enrolled using Elfster, which shuffled all the names and spat out a person for you to buy for. It can be challenging to buy the perfect gift for someone you know in person, but for people you’ve never met, it’s a daunting task! Even though we were all given a chance to add to a wish list, you do have to become a detective to see what they would like by their blog and social media.

Bloggers Secret Santa Present and Card
Bloggers Secret Santa 2019 was organised again by casestreetx

Weird and Wonderful Welsh Christmas Traditions

I love listening to how everyone celebrates Christmas, and am always interested in how different their traditions are. We all do Christmas in our own way, from spending with family and friends to taking a tropical holiday, cooking and baking and gift exchanges. I also love how ancient Christmas traditions, some that date back centuries, are still entwined in our modern celebrations. In the spirit of the season, here are some of the weird and wonderful ways the people of Wales have enjoyed spending their Christmases over the years.

Christmas Tree Cardiff Castle
The Christmas tree and lights at Cardiff Castle

Wave goodbye to Excessmas

It is the most wonderful time of year… or, at least, it is supposed to be.  Yet, for many, Christmas can equal excess expectations and extreme expense or indulgence.  Has it all become a bit too ‘extra’ for most of us?

Fortunately, 2019 looks set to be the year that ‘excessmas’ takes a back seat.  Research reveals a backlash against the Insta-perfect of prepping, cooking, gorging and one-upmanship shopping.

Christmas Tree

Who celebrates Christmas in July?

Me that’s who! The last couple of years, one of the highlights in my social calendar has been attending a Christmas in July event. I love celebrating the festive season, in my summer clothes, while digging into a Christmas in July menu, with festive drinks and entertainment. This year the venue was at Steinbeck and Shaw and PRYZM Cardiff, who got to showcase that they are more than just a nightclub.

Christams in July Pryzm Cardiff 2019
Christmas in July – tables set up in the main room in PRYZM Cardiff