Three Winter Candle Favourites

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If ever there was a time of the year when people love having candles around it’s Christmas. There are plenty to choose from. You’d be hard pressed not to find a company, big or small, luxury or budget, that isn’t peddling a Christmas offering. You can rely on the big names to produce something fantastic. You know the ones I mean. The Diptyques, the Jo Malones, the Neoms of this world. Last year my Christmas candle was the Elemis Spa … Read More

SHOPPING: The Best Christmas Socks

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If you know the Annie soundtrack as well as I do, you’ll already know that it’s what you wear from ear-to-ear that matters, not from head-to-toe. All good advice from the 1980s, but your chances of smiling are slightly higher if when you look down at your toes they’re looking festive. I don’t have any science to back that up, but if ever there was a time of year where you can get away with a touch of ostentation, it’s … Read More

BOOKS: A Boy Called Christmas, Matt Haig

They say you can tell when a children’s book is written well when adults can read it without feeling they’re having to readjust their brains to enjoy it. Matt Haig’s A Boy Called Christmas is not so much a kids’ book as it is a Christmas story that just happens to be appropriate for children. You would think there couldn’t be many seasonal stories left to tell, but this Father Christmas origin story feels like a fresh spin on what we … Read More

For the love of November, it’s not Christmas!

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Poor old November. Nobody loves it anymore. September is the official start of autumn and brings about a veritable avalanche of pumpkin-spiced hibernation dreams, October is handed over to all things Halloween and November seems to have an identity crisis being caused by the retail driven backward bleed from December. November is not Christmas! I love November. No big events, aside from the odd firework and outdoor hotdog, no major pressures to be anywhere or do anything specific. Close enough … Read More