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Christmas Traditions with Debenhams*

I am someone who lives for Christmas. It’s my favourite time of the year – it always has been and unless I undergo a dramatic personality transplant, I imagine it always will be. I love the music, the food, the films, the magic and the general atmosphere of Christmas. So when Debenhams offered to send me a little box of festive goodies to get me in the mood in exchange for writing a post about Christmas traditions – well, I was like a Codie at Christmas! 

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Alternative Advent – Mad Beauty*

Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate. The idea of a little square of chocolate every day for the whole month of December is one that brings me joy. However, recently I have been really interested by the other advent options that are out there. Any sort of surprise gift every day is a win in my eyes so I have decided to cover a few of the most popular alternative Advent calendars available this year. 

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A Very Codiekinz Christmas! (Or why I am glad I didn’t get a Michael Kors watch)

Merry Christmas all! I hope you’ve had a lovely, relaxing (haha!) holiday with family, and are full of good tidings and happiness. I’ve had a great Christmas, as always. We spend the actual day with Steven’s family as there are four children, and Christmas is way more exciting with small, excitable children! We visit my family after Boxing Day, to draw out the festivities and make the most of it. At the grand old age of 23 and childless, I still embrace Christmas as my favourite day of the year, however every year it seems to last less time and fly by quicker!
Your second Christmas in a relationship is an odd one, I feel…

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Why I’m glad I had a Crappy Christmas once

One year, both my parents lost their jobs within months of one another, just before winter and it hit my family hard. It was neither of their faults, just one of those rubbish ‘life’ things that sneaks up on you and punches you in the face when you really don’t have the time or energy for it. In the run up to Christmas, our parents told myself and my younger sister that we would not be getting any presents for Christmas.