How well do you really know your Christmas songs?

Christmas day has to be one of the most stressful days of the year. There’s turkeys to roast, shreds of wrapping paper to clean, dinner tables to set and guests to entertain… Thank God Christmas songs are there once the chaos has ended. With such a large library of classic festive songs, lifting those tattered spirits after a hectic day’s work is easy.

 

For the quintessential Christmas spirit lifter, it’s hard to beat the sugar-coated pop of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, which has become THE unofficial song of the holiday season. Pair this song with a comfy chair and your favourite drink for the ultimate pick me up.

 

And what about The Pogues and their epic “Fairytale of New York”? Okay, so the downright miserable lyrics may not be the most Christmassy out there, but try to not tap those toes once the song really picks up the tempo.

 

If you’re too bushed to jingle the bells, then there’s plenty of relaxing seasonal options. Bing Crosby and his “White Christmas” has to be one of the best nostalgic remedies. The recollection of joyful memories and the hopes of snow on Christmas day surely rings true for most people. And the reason this song is one of the must listens during the holidays.

 

In the mood for something with a bit more sass? “Santa Baby!” by Eartha Kitt may be weirdly seductive towards old saint Nick, but the gentle melody and humorous lyrics are a guaranteed mood lifter (the same could be said for BGO Online Games).

 

You have probably heard all of these songs a hundred times over – so why not test your Crimbo song knowledge with a little quiz? All you have to do is guess the famous Christmas tune from a sample of the lyrics – good luck!

 

A Christmas Survival Guide

It’s nearly Christmas and that makes me happy and terrified in equal measures. I absolutely love the festive season, but buy does it get exhausting and frantic. With little over a week to go, it is now officially all systems go, with lots of presents still to buy, all the wrapping to do, and lots of festive fun nights still ahead.

With all that in mind, this is a bit of a survival guide to products that could make Christmas a little less stressful, and could help you manage to both look and feel yourself over the Christmas period.

Do you need a supplement?

Opti Women, which you can pick up from Discount Supplements, may be an excellent way of boosting your immune system and reducing fatigue over the busy Christmas period. Optimum Nutrition Opti Women has a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals to help support metabolic and immune function. This could help you feel more ready to cope with the busy packed days that Christmas brings.

Have a cup of Tea

Long said to be the one thing that puts everything in perspective, having a cup of herbal tea can be stimulating, or relaxing, depending on the blend. Yogi Tea have a wonderful green jasmine tea that is perfect for starting your day on Christmas Day (Yogi have christened the essence of their Green Jasmine Tea as Pause Before the Day Begins). This is a tea to wake you up, just what you might need if the smalls have decided that an early start is needed on Christmas Day (ahem!)

Moisturise!

It is super cold out there at the moment, and this is something that can play havoc with our skin, so the need to moisturise is stronger than ever. A good night cream can help our skin repair itself whilst we sleep. I love Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Ultimate Night Cream. It costs less than a tenner, has a lovely creamy consistency that my skin just laps up, and the smell of lavender is so soothing, especially at bedtime. In addition, it is great for sensitive skin, something that many of us suffer with as the weather gets colder and colder.

What are your Christmas survival tips?

Christmas Gift Ideas For Sun Worshippers

For some people, a perfect Christmas is one spent a thousand miles away from the cold, crisp winter. Their idea of Christmas is basking on a beach in the scorching sun, recharging the batteries and the Vitamin D levels with heat, relaxation and blissful contentment.

My late mother-in-law was one of those people, usually jetting off around December 23rd to her favourite hotel in Fuerteventura, for a Christmas break that involved topping up the tan, eatiing fine food and drinking cocktails, with palm trees rather than Christmas trees the order of the day. This did make Rita a hard person to buy for, in the days before widespread online shopping it wasn’t that easy to get a Tankini in winter, let alone pick up a cool beach bag or a sundress. Thankfully today that is no longer the case, so you can get your sun worshipping friends and family the gifts they will truly appreciate.

Swimwear

New swimwear is always a must when you are going on holiday, and for a Christmas holiday I think it is the equivalent of wearing new PJs on Christmas Eve. Brands like Simply Beach sell swimwear all year around so you can pick something that really suits, rather than making do with what your local sports shop has left.

Hand Luggage Only?

If you know someone who likes to avoid all those airport baggage queues by traveling light, a gift from Cabin Zero could be a great and much appreciated option. Cabin Zero are almost like the Mary Poppins bags of the travel world, very lightweight, the right size for the overhead locker, and able to carry pretty much all of your beach needs. You can read my review here.

Travel Suntan Kits

Christmas is actually the perfect time of the year to get some luxurious suntan lotion sets which make a lovely, thoughtful Christmas present for someone about to take a sunshine break. Clarins may not be a brand that they usually use, but well worth splashing out on as a Christmas gift.

Sundresses

You’d think these would be the Holy Grail of a Christmas gift, but thanks to many online stores have permanent sales sections, you can often find sun dresses, shorts and kaftans and cover ups all year around. Check out stores like House of Fraser, Dorothy Perkins and ASOS that have sales and outlet sections pretty much all year around. In addition, eBAY allows you to pick up out of season clothing and accessories.

These are just a few ideas for gifts for those who like to escape Christmas altogether, but still like to find a little something in their stocking on December 25th.