FRIYAY #3 | My Christmas To Do List Update

cozy christmas living room
My living room

Hello! So a week or so ago I wrote a Christmas To Do List and here's what I've ticked off so far!

Get an advent calendar

m&s percy pig advent calendar
advent calendar for dogs

I got a Percy Pig one and I'm definitely enjoying it...I don't care that I'm probably too old haha! I got a dog one for Freddy too, it's actually really cute because his sweets have little Christmas pictures on. But he doesn't understand the one a day rule and that my chocolates aren't for him too. 

Go to the Southbank Winter Festival/ Visit a craft fair/Try mulled wine

the london eye christmas

I went with family and some family friends and it was really nice even though it was lungs were in agony and I paid for it the next day but it was worth it. They have a really nice food market there too that I think is permanent so that's definitely worth checking out even though I've been too ill to really eat anything lately so made do with a crepe haha. I also tried mulled wine and brandy, I don't think it's something that I'd drink at home but it's definitely a good idea if you're walking along in the cold! The Christmas fair is also lovely, I bought a gift and a few others from other fairs and on Etsy this year. Christmas is such an important time for independent sellers so it's good to support them when you can!

Attempt some handmade gifts

handmade christmas decorations shabby chic

I have a couple of purses to make still but I made these little decorations the other night. I will admit I've kind of cheated because I bought a kit from Hobbycraft so I could practise my hand sewing but I like how they came out so will probably add them to presents!

See real reindeer

ruxley manor garden centre reindeer

I went to Ruxley Manor Garden Centre where they have them every year and I am now very happy that I have seen a real life reindeer (in fact I saw two!) They were much smaller than I was expecting and very, very cute. They had loads of cute/tacky Christmas displays too, this was my fave:

ruxley manor garden centre christmas

So that's much of my list done already, which kind of explains my lack of blogging lately! Winter kind of knocks everything out of me, I've been putting lots of energy into doing Christmassy things and making cards so when it comes to blogging/reading blogs I'm just a bit too pooped to bother! I think in the New Year I'm definitely going to have to sort out some kind of schedule!! I did go to the Harry Potter Studios yesterday though so I'll let you know all about that soon.

Have you been up to anything Christmassy lately? Hope you have a lovely weekend!



  1. We are advent calendar twins!

  2. Hahahahahaha Freddy's face in this cracked me up!! He's like: what do you MEAN I can only have ONE?!

    Yay South Bank market! I'm going tomorrow with Gary and I can't wait for mulled wine and Christmas lights :D xxx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  3. Freddy's face in that photograph is soo funny! You've been up to such lovely Christmassy things (and I bet Harry Potter World was awesome to visit at this time of year!) but sorry to hear the cold is having such an affect on you xx

    Ioanna |

  4. I love the percy pig advent calendar - might get that next year ;) xx

  5. Oh jealous of you going to Harry Potter studios, thats still on my bucket list! Your living room looks adorable, I'm loving the arm chair especially (I know it must be a permanent feature and not a decoration but the decor is great too, haha). I've currently got a disney princesses advent calendar - No shame!! Glad you're having fun being festive :)

  6. Those decorations look great, Josie! And OMG! I want your Advent calendar.

  7. Your living room looks lovely very festive. I love the picture of Freddy the look is: If I smile do I get another chocolate. Glad that you have been to the Christmas markets and I hope that crepe was good. Any nice plans for christmas? Lucy x

  8. I've always wanted to go to a Christmas fair :/ Love the festive-happy feeling you get around this time of the month! Can't wait to really get into it once I'm off from uni next week x

  9. Aww, your puppy is so cute! So cool you've already done so much of your December list, the first half is barely finishing!

  10. Can't wait to hear about your trip to the Harry Potter Studios!I have never been but would love to go! Also your advent calendar is amazing xx

  11. It sounds like you've been having a great time! Freddy looks so pleased with his advent calendar, bless him! His little face makes me laugh :) xx


  12. Can't wait to hear about HP Studios! I'm a huge fan! Freddy looks so overjoyed aha! xx

  13. I love the South Bank market, I go past it on the way to work and it always looks so festive! Hope you're feeling a lot better xx

  14. I would love if that Percy Pig advent calendar actually had percy pigs in! <3

  15. Love your little decorations, go you making them

  16. Really lovely post, so jealous of the Percy Pig advent calender, and that doggy one is sooo cute!

    Drea xo
    Drea's Junkyard

  17. Freddy is so bloody cute in that photo! 'Yeah bishes, look what swag F-Dog's got!' Hahaha. xx


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