A festive way to spend the day

My personal favourite ways to spend the days leading up to Christmas, so grab your chocolates, cosy drinks and relax before the big day!

With Christmas only 2 days away I love spending the days before Christmas Day getting in the festive spirit. This year I got my Christmas presents bought and wrapped fairly early on in December which is unusual for me as most of the time I am not as organised with Christmas and presents.

This year with finishing university for the holidays and with the current situation around the world and in the UK we all could do with spending some time on our selves and relaxing whether it be to just take 5-10 minutes out of your day to have time to yourself to do like a face mask or read part of your favourite book but if you have longer I love doing some Christmas baking and make some homemade body scrubs/ hair masks and relax with my favourite Christmas films on in the background.

Here are some of my favourite festive ways to spend the day… starting with some Christmas baking.

Gingerbread Trees (Serves 8)

  • 50g Salted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 50g Muscovado Sugar
  • Half a Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 and a half Tablespoons Ground Ginger
  • Half a Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 10g Self Raising Flour
  • 25g Icing Sugar or Icing writing pens.

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  • In a pan melt the butter with the golden syrup and muscovado sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix together the baking soda, flours, ginger and cinnamon. Pour in the butter syrup/sugar mix in to the dry mixture and form into a dough ball with your hands until firm.
  • The dough will be soft at this point but now put it into the fridge so the dough can firm up. (You can leave the dough in the fridge for at least 20 minutes- but the longer the better!)
  • Add some parchment paper to a baking tray.
  • Get your Christmas Tree cutter and roll out your dough until 1cm or half a cm thickness. Cut into 8 Christmas Trees and lay onto the parchment paper.
  • Make sure there is a lot of space between each gingerbread so they don’t spread into each other.
  • Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Mix the icing sugar with a few tablespoons of water until it becomes pipeable.
  • Once your biscuits have cooled you can pipe your icing onto your biscuits as desired!
  • Bon Appetit!

Self Care: Face and Hair masks

Sheet Mask wise I love any of the soap and glory sheet masks especially their Radiance Boosting Mask as it gives my skin a glow it desperately needs during the winter time so this is my go to sheet mask I’d recommend you trying for the winter period.

I also love the Lush Mask of Magmaminty for when my skin suffers from hormonal breakouts as I find it exfoliates my skin and gets rid of any blocked pores and leaves my skin feeling aaaamazzingggg!

For the ultimate pamper I love to make homemade masks and scrubs. In particular I love to use honey, banana and egg to make my hair masks. The recipe is as follows:

  • Mash one Banana in a bowl until completely mashed into a paste. Add the egg into the banana mixture and mix!
  • Add 4 Large tablespoons of honey into the bowl and mix with the Banana and egg mixture.
  • Voila! You have a hair-mask that will make your hair luscious and shiny.
  • Rinse off before you shampoo!

Christmas Films

At Christmas time theres nothing I love more than cosying up on the couch watching Christmas films. Here are some of my suggestions of my personal favourite Christmas Films. So grab your favourite Christmas treats and hot chocolate or your preferred cosy drink and lets get watching our favourite Christmas Films!

  • Love Actually
  • Home Alone 1 and 2
  • Elf
  • Nativity! 1, 2 and 3

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