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I’ve never REALLY enjoyed Christmas. There I said it. Think of me what you will. But I’m an only child. I don’t have a big family that gets together often at special times of the year and since my grandparents passed away, our Christmas traditions have had to change and always felt a bit different to me.

So since the age of around 13 after my Nan passed away, Christmas was never a big deal to me. I remember I spent the whole Christmas Day one year just chatting to one of my old friends on MSN, who also had nothing to do. It felt like a normal day. And I always envied my other friends at the time who were together with all their siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins and having a jolly good time whilst I was basically on my own.

I realise that sounds REALLY sad but that’s just the way it’s always been for me. Then as I got older, I’ve spent Christmas with my ex-boyfriend’s family. And now as my current partner lives with me and my parents, he’s always with us on Christmas too (as his family are religious and don’t celebrate themselves).

So things have brightened up somewhat.

But since I started blogging, my opinion on Christmas has definitely changed. Everyone’s excitement over Christmas releases, beauty advent calendars, gift guides and the magic of Christmas is INFECTIOUS. And the last few years in particular I’ve found myself actually… looking forward to it a bit? I know. Crazy right.

So although Christmas this year will certainly come with it’s sad moments, as we lost my Granddad in August so it’ll be the first Christmas without him, I’m still really quite looking forward to everything else. Certainly since my Granddad passed away, I’ve sort of, re-learnt the value of making the most of everything and enjoying life.

Something that I’d definitely lost within the last year or so.

And Christmas should be no exception. And the great thing about Christmas is you can take what you want and leave what you don’t with the celebrations. If you’re not religious, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t like mince pies, who cares. If you can’t STAND Christmas songs (like me), stick some headphones in.

So I’m putting it out there… I’m LOOKING FORWARD to Christmas this year. There’s no going back now. And here are all the different things I’m looking forward to at Christmas:

Buying gifts for people

I love buying gifts for people – 100x more than receiving them myself. Any excuse to treat my loved ones and I am all in. I definitely go a little overboard sometimes with gifts and I know it’s not about the “stuff” but it’s about the love and thought that goes into the gifts you’re getting them. But I just love taking the time and effort to find everyone the perfect gifts.

Gift guides and Christmas blog content

I love it when bloggers are into Christmas season because like I said, the excitement is infectious. I know people have mixed opinions on gift guides but I personally love them. I love creating them and I love reading them and I’ve definitely had some good recommendations from them in the past. Bring on all the Christmas blog content!

Related: Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Fairy lights and decorations

Fairy lights and Christmas decorations are just the most magical thing. I love that time of year when the world lights up with fairy lights on the outside of houses and everywhere is twinkling. My Mum and I put the Christmas tree and decorations up together every year, so it’s a nice tradition to decorate the house too.

Christmas jumpers and cozy clothes

I was done with Summer clothes by July. All I wanted to wear was jumpers, tights, boots and scarves. I love all the cozy clothes you can wear during Winter, including Christmas jumpers, which are a crucial part of Christmas, don’t you think? I was kindly sent these 3 Christmas jumpers from the IWOOT Christmas Jumper collection which I was allowed to pick myself (as if that wasn’t obvious!)

I feel like all my choices are VERY ME. Spyro has been my favourite game ever since I was a kid and I’ve completed each one 100% more times than I care to admit. So of course the Spyro jumper had to be one of my choices. And it’s no surprise I went with two of their Disney options too. I’m very happy with my picks!

All these jumpers are SUPER comfy and the inside is so soft and cozy. I picked a ‘large’ as the website says if you want a baggier fit, it’s best to size up. And I’m REALLY glad I did because these fit me perfectly. If anything, I probably could have gone with the size up. So if you’re considering these, keep in mind what sort of fit you prefer!

They have so many different designs to choose from; some really cute and sweet and some which made me howl with laughter (like their “Have a Strong a Stable Christmas” featuring a dancing Teresa May). But they really do have designs to suit all. Including plenty for Disney, Marvel and Star Wars fans!

Fancy 30% off any Christmas jumper from IWOOT? Head over to their collection here and use code XMASJENNY for a discount!

Cheese boards

I’m easily pleased aren’t I? But Christmas is THE TIME of year when it’s cheese boards galore in my house. And I am here for it. No matter how full you are from all the rubbish you’ve been eating over the Christmas period, I find there’s always room for a cheese board after dinner!

Having a break

I rarely give myself a break from work throughout the year. Perhaps a couple of days here and there when I’m away but that’s it. But at Christmas, I usually get all my content scheduled way in advance and then give myself a proper good 2 week break at the end of the year. In blogging, that’s usually a pretty quiet time of year anyway, so it’s the perfect chance to kick your shoes off and chill out.

What are you looking forward to at Christmas this year? Are you a Scrooge or do you love Christmas? What’s your favourite jumper of the 3 I picked? Let me know!

* Items in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

87 Comments

  1. This is Adnarim93 says:

    I love Christmas! And I’m glad things have brightened up for you. All of the jumpers were cute, especially with the Disney princesses. My favorite part of the season is buying gifts. I tend to go a little bit overboard.

    1. Oh I go overboard too! It’s hard not to sometimes!

  2. You certainly give out the Christmas feeling! Buying gifts is one of my favorite things to do; it brings me so much joy to share.

    I love the Disney Princess sweater! As for cheeseboards, during my time in Australia this year, I reveled in them, and even brought back some beautiful wood boards so I recreate the collection of meats and cheeses and crackers I had there over here in the States. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Me too! I much prefer giving gifts to receiving them. Ooooh a meat and cheese board sounds delicious!

  3. I have to say I bloody love your Spyro jumper!! ๐Ÿ‰ Will definitely be taking a look on the website ๐Ÿ‘€

    MB | http://www.meaghan-bethany.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you! xxx

  4. aimsysantics says:

    Christmas is my favourite time of year! My mum always made Christmas feel magical when we were younger, and yes we are still one of those families who put our decorations up by the 1st December ๐Ÿคฃ
    I can’t wait to get on with my Christmas crafting this year…I love giving handmade gifts out.

    I like all three of your Christmas jumpers, I like that they are not too festive but festive enough! I think I would go for the disney princess one out of the three.

    Aimsy xoxo
    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

    1. I’ve never tried handmade gifts – I wouldn’t know where to start! But I’d love to. Good choice!

  5. Adorable jumpers ๐Ÿ˜€
    I admit that I’m a total christmas lover. I have christmas stuff everywhere, do daily christmas activities with the kids, and even got a planner called secret christmas that I use to keep all my christmas stuff in ๐Ÿ˜›
    So it makes me happy that you’re beginning to see the joy of christmas ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you xxx

  6. Your Christmas jumpers are adorable! I have always loved Christmas, and I am glad that you are looking forward to it this year! I hope you have an amazing season!

    1. Thank you, you too! xxx

  7. I always love giving gifts x

  8. The Minnie and Mickey Jumper, and the Disney Princess one, are adorable! I’m sorry you didn’t have the best Christmas’s growing up, but I’m glad they got better. This is also my first Christmas without my granda so it’s going to be bittersweet

    1. Awh I’m sorry to hear that xxx

  9. Jenny this sweaters are too cute! My favorite is the Mickey and Minnie one, it’s like a classic lookโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ I’m so happy you’re looking forward to Christmas this year. I think the thing I’m looking forward most to is buying my sister a Christmas gift. She has supported me so much throughout the year, I can’t wait to treat her!

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    1. Awh that’s lovely! It’s always nice to properly treat those who have been by our side all year x

  10. Casey | McCourtSkee says:

    Oh my goodness – Spyro!! That was my all=time favorite game as a kid. My mom and I would race around catching those alien blue/green guys to get those eggs. Holy throw back…

    These are super cute though and I love the Disney theme ones as well (obviously)!

    1. Oh my god those aliens are such a pain hahah!

  11. I think I like the MInnie and Mickey jumper best.

    I used to love Christmas but not anymore. It’s just sad now and disruptive to my routine.

    However yes to all the cheeses. I fricking love when Tesco start getting in the whole bries for ยฃ5 ready for christmas and I can demolish one of those lovelies in a sitting on my own ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheese is the best part of christmas hands down.

    1. You can still have a routine at Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I think last year I still got up at my normal time, did Yoga like normal, had my normal breakfast. I don’t go too crazy, I like having a bit of normality in Christmas Day still. Cheese is definitely the best part of Christmas though. Cheese is just the best hands down.

      1. I like shops and coffee XD
        I had an incident a couple of years ago when I unexpectedly came on my period on christmas day, immediately staying with my sister and not going back home….and I only had one pad in my bag, my two sister in laws were both pregnant, and my sister has personal reusable pads and not with her because she wasn’t due on….
        It took some improvisation but I made it to the next morning when I found a newsagent open XD

  12. It’s hard to believe it’s close enough to talk about Christmas content! I have always loved Christmas, and am definitely looking forward to gift guides, as well!

    https://www.makelifemarvelous.com/

    1. I know, this year has gone ridiculously quick!

  13. Those Christmas jumpers are the sweetest! I love that you are already ready! I can’t wait for christmas season either!

    1. Thank you! xxx

  14. Oh gosh these were so freaking cute! Honestly, my favorite has to be the Disney princesses jumper. They also look very warm too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Personally I LOVE Christmas but my sister on the other hand hasn’t really liked it in the last several years, but since she’s had my nephew Nolan, her festive side has perked up so I am very happy about that! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m sure having a kid has ignited the magic in Christmas again!

  15. I love a good Christmas jumper! These are so cute – I love that theyโ€™re pop culture themed

    1. Thank you xxx

  16. I feel like I had a lull in Christmas excitement as a teen, but now I bloomin love it. I think my favourite thing is buying gifts for others, although I can never say no to a beauty advent calendar apparently.
    Also those jumpers are excellent! I love the mix of cute Disney, puns, and pop culture. I’m very tempted by the Die Hard one haha.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. Yes me too! I’ve never bought myself a beauty advent calendar… I’m very tempted this year though! xxx

      1. I usually get the cheap ones from MAD beauty, the lip balms are lovely and I actually use everything in them haha. This year’s disney one is Tinkerbelle and I have my eye on it already.

  17. I am seriously christmas obsessed. I can’t tell you how much content I have scheduled, more than any other time of year!

    I love the jumpers, the disney princesses in particular.

    This will be my first christmas in the blogging community and after reading this, I am now ridiculously excited for it!

    1. Ah I can’t wait to read it all! xxx

  18. I’m not a massive fan of Christmas despite having a big family get together when I was young. Everyone in the family always came to us. All I ever heard from my mum was that she hated it because it was more work for her than any other day of the year! Though that was absolutely true, I do think she did enjoy it too. She comes to us now and thoroughly enjoys it. I don’t get to participate as I’m stuck in my room on my own Christmas Day. I miss out on the fun of sitting down with the family for Christmas dinner, playing board games afterwards etc. I eat alone in my room. It is what is though, so you know, just have to make the best of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sarah ๐ŸŒบ || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. It’s definitely a lot of work for my mum too, I totally understand her frustration. Although a little less so this year as my granddad is gone so now it’s just the 4 of us. But I’m hoping we’ll make the best of it anyway. I’m sorry to hear that’s how your Christmas goes for you xxx

  19. What a cute spyro jumper, I love it. And haha, it’s quite funny I’m in totally same front when it comes to Christmas. For me it seems way too materialistic and sort of fake. I don’t know whether the magic of Christmas is gone because I am older who knows. I guess Christmas is what you make from it. I mean nothing can beat seeing the faces of people you love when they open your presents ๐Ÿ™‚
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com/

    1. I totally agree. I definitely think the magic of Christmas disappears as you get older, especially if you don’t have kids xxx

  20. I’m in love with the Spyro one, hand’s down! My goodness I can’t believe we’re nearly at Christmas already though! That’s scary!

    1. Good choice!

  21. Ahh I’m so excited for Christmas! I love buying gifts for other people and I also love reading lots of xmas content from bloggers. Everyone just always seems so happy around this time of year. Lovely post! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. They absolutely do! xxx

  22. I love the Spyro jumper! I have a Fallout 4 one myself – it’s funny because everyone compliments me on it, and then they notice the nukes knitted into the pattern, ha! I’m so with you on cosy wear though – pretty much as soon as it turned to September I suddenly had this longing to just wear insulated leggings, baggy jumpers, and fluffy socks.

    1. Oh me too except this September was so warm! xxx

  23. hannahthemaddog says:

    Love the Spyro and Disney sweaters! I look forward to all the different cheeses too, and decorating! I love decorating around my husband and my apartment. We have a huge tree for a tiny apartment. I also love sipping hot chocolate spiked with peppermint vodka!

    Hannah the Mad Dog

    1. Oooh that hot chocolate sounds lovely! xxx

  24. These Christmas jumpers are so cute! Love them with the skirt x

    1. Thank you! xxx

  25. I love Christmas! I love everything about it, to me it quite literally is the most wonderful time of the year.

    That Spyro jumper is brilliant… It may accidentally end up being purchased

    1. Go for it! Treat yourself… it’s Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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