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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.

100 Comments

  1. My condolences about your grandpa. I am glad you are excited about Christmas. I read the same Christmas books each year. There will be baking with the kids, my and family, and family get-togethers. And, of course, getting hte perfect Christmas tree and decorating it and the house.

    1. Sounds perfect! x

  2. I am in love with the Spyro jumper!

    1. It’s so cute isn’t it!

  3. first of all, I am loving seeing more of you in front of the camera!! I am so behind I haven’t even thought about Christmas yet!
    Rosie

    1. Thank you!!

  4. I love your jumper choices! The Disney princesses one is so cute. I need to check IWOOT out as I already cackled at the idea of the Theresa May one! What a statement to make haha!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    1. It’s hilarious! x

  5. I’m getting so excited for Christmas now. I really love it and I’d say it’s my favourite time of year.
    I’m glad you’re able to enjoy
    It a lot more now.

    https://littlemissmelanie.com/

    1. Thank you, me too x

  6. Kayleigh Zara says:

    The spyro jumper is amazing! I love it so much, it’s such a throwback to my childhood. The other jumper is really cute too. Thanks for sharing x

    Kayleigh Zara 🥀 http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    1. Thank you x

  7. jasonlikestotravel says:

    I always enjoy the Christmas period, I don’t really get in to the Christmas spirit this early though haha. Love the Spryo jumper!

    1. Haha me neither tbh! Thank you!

  8. My husband and I always do matching Christmas jumpers! I’m so excited!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Awh cute! x

  9. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    Aw how cute are those jumpers? I love me a cheeseboard, too!

    1. Thank you! x

  10. I love the Spyro jumper!! I think as I’ve got older what I love about Christmas has definitely changed to the little things – I love buying presents for people and breaking out the fluffy jumpers. Decorating the Christmas tree is also a highlight too 😊 x

    1. Yesss I love the little things too x

  11. Definitely just another day for me too. I hate Christmas. There, I said it. I think it’s generally more stressful than one day ever should be. I hate shopping, because I’m generally terrible at choosing gifts. I’m not even that keen on Christmas food. In complete opposite to you, I love getting ALL the work done over Christmas. Because other people are off and there are no emails coming in and things slow down, I think it’s a great time to get content done. Just me? Probably…x

    Sophie

    1. Oh for sure it’s definitely a good time to get content written for the new year, without the added emails etc x

  12. I don’t celebrate Christmas, but within the last few years I’ve really come to enjoy the spirit of the season and how cozy everything is!

    1. The spirit of the season is a nice way to look at it!

  13. I love that Spyro Christmas jumper! I never buy Christmas jumpers but really want to get one this year. Christmas day isn’t a big thing for my family either, we don’t even have a traditional Christmas dinner, we have a Chinese, last year it was just me, my parents and my nan I think all I did was chill out and watch tv – but my brother is sticking around this year so I’m looking forward to it 🙂

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    1. A chinese on Christmas sounds amazing tbh!

  14. I like Christmas but I don’t like the whole fuss that it has so be perfect and we have to all be happy and together. I prefer to celebrate it very low key, little dinner, gifts, some wine and hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies.

    1. I don’t like that either – I think there’s a huge expectation on that, especially with the internet and lots of staged “perfect” photos. Christmas is what you make it! Who cares what it looks like x

  15. I am so here for you & these pics!!! Loving how much you’re getting out of your comfort zone. I totally love the Christmas shopping & the decorating parts of the season! Love these jumpers too, like I said on insta, the Mickey & Minnie ones are my fav xxx

    1. Thanks so much! Good choice 😌

  16. I must admit I do love Christmas but that’s entirely due to having Flora. She gets so excited, it’s so much fun (except when we’re woken up at 5.00am with her stocking 🤣) And I know she’d love the Spyro jumper, not for the game, just for the dragon, so I might have to head over to IWOOT. Lovely post, Jenny, and you look gorgeous! Xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. 5:00AM sounds horrendous 😂 But I bet her excitement is contagious. Perhaps you should introduce her to the games! I bet she’d love them! Spyro is super cute x

  17. These are some brilliant Christmas jumpers, I need one this year as haven’t had one for a couple of years. I love christmas its nice to give presents, relaxing time and having nice food.

    Mel
    http://www.moonlightmel.co.uk

    1. Thank you 😌 totally agree xxx

  18. ahh! jenny! first off, again i want to say how incredible i think it is that you’re stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to your blog photos. you look absolutely gorgeous in each outfit. i love how you styled them. second, the princess jumper is my favorite. if it had ariel on it, i’d buy it in a heartbeat! i’m excited for everything about christmas, i’m practically mrs. clause. already thinking of how i want to decorate this year! xx

    mich / simplymich.com

    1. Awh thank you so much that means a lot xxx

  19. Such cute sweaters! I love games / Spyro as well, I played it all the time growing up and this jumper is a nice way of adding a little personal nostalgic touch to a christmas jumper. I’m glad to hear you’re looking forward to celebrating this year! I don’t celebrate christmas personally but it’s always nice to get into the festive spirit and see everyone in a cheery mood (:

  20. How cute are these sweaters!! I am definitely ready to start thinking at xmas jumpers already!!(:

    Cate // 35mminstyle

    1. Thank you xxx

  21. I can’t wait for the cheese boards as well! Fab post, those jumpers are gorgeous!

    1. Thank you!

  22. I love your minnie and mickey jumper! I might get one xx

  23. I’m so ready for the cheese board. The more the better! Lovely photos 🙂

    Anika | thebibliofleur.com

    1. Totally haha! xxx

  24. I didn’t grow up with Disney unless you count the Lion King so my comment is a little bias….The Spyro themed outfit is the best! ♥️ Very unique. I really enjoyed the game, Spyro: A hero’s tail for PS2. Sadly, my file got deleted a couple of times and I never actually got to finish the game. The furthest I made it to was the volcano world (or was it the arctic world?) I can’t remember which one came first.

    I have Spyro for PS4 as well (the 3 in 1 series?). However, it was hard to follow the story-line and I had a hard time falling in love with the game I once enjoyed so much for PS2. Mainly because the side quests are frustrating and worlds are different. I didn’t give up with the other Soyro series which probably explains my frustration.

    1. Ah yes the PS4 games are re-mastered versions of the original games on PS1. Those are the ones I love. I wasn’t a fan of the re-mastered ones though because it didn’t feel authentic. It was almost TOO animated. Each game follows a different story and villain.

  25. Nicola Niemc says:

    I’m an only child too, and my family sounds really similar to yours, in that it’s small and we don’t really do much for Christmas! It’s quite liberating to learn I’m not the only who sometimes sees it as just another day 😅

    1. Absolutely not! I don’t see it as “just another day” anymore but I did for a long time.

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