Blogmas #24: A French Christmas!

Bonjour! As L and I both study French, we thought we’d set you the challenge of learning a few Christmas-related French words (unless of course you already speak French in which case félicitations vous avez déjà gagné le jeu 🎉).

I’ve concocted a sort of anagram challenge, in which I will give you a French word and the anagram of the English equivalent. You have to solve the anagram of the English word to work out what the French word means. Get it? Right, here we go!

1. Un marché de Noël – thickest rams arm

2. Le sapin – chemist’s rater

3. La dinde – rut key

4. Les lutins – leevs

5. Un traîneau – his leg

6. Joyeux Noël – sherry scam trim

7. L’hiver – wren it

8. Un bonhomme de pain d’épice – meager branding

Comment your answers below! 

Sadly this is the last blogmas post of the year 😦 but hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a good day whatever you’re doing tomorrow!

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BLOGMAS 2017 — #Day23: Word Search — Consider Yourself Warned…

My final day of Blogmas everyone! Of course, there’s still one more day, with Em as your delightful host, but today is sadly where I’ll be signing off of my Blogmas duties for the run-up to the big day itself. Our final Blogmas idea for you is a fun-themed word search – but, to liven […]

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Blogmas #22: Roll up! Roll up! Get your festive hat ideas here!

Hats are festive, right? You get the woolly ones, the Santa ones, Christmas cracker hats – in fact, Christmas is really all about hats isn’t it?

Today I’ll be sharing with you some alternative Christmas hat ideas, just so your festive headwear can stand out a bit this year. 

1. The lampshade

I think lampshades make really good hats, especially the ones with the little tassel things around the bottom, very swishy indeed. However it might be best to add a few baubles and a bit of tinsel first, just so people don’t question your choice of headwear for that Christmas party you’re (dreading) going to. On the plus side, if you stand very still at the side of the room, people might even mistake you for a lamp so you can avoid social interaction and enjoy confusing people by stealing snacks whilst they’re not looking.

2. The traffic cone

This one is unique AND practical, especially if you have one of the bright yellow safety cones – you’ll glow in the dark too. Doubles up as protective headwear too on your walk home after a bit of a drink, cars will see you from a mile off! The great think about traffic cones are you can turn them in to so many different types of festive hat. You could go for the classic Santa hat, or add a star on top and call it a Christmas tree! Even an angel could work… probably 😂

3. The origami hat

Nothing can beat a beautifully hand crafted hat. There are so many styles you can make, my personal favourite is the one that looks like a boat. If you’re not a master at paper folding, you can just roll it into a cone shape and put a bit of tape on and voila! (Or if frustration takes over, you may just end up with a scrumpled peice of paper perched atop your head – could be a snowball though right?).

Well, I hope you find my craft ideas inspirational. Just a little bit of fun amongst all the more serious festivities! 

BLOGMAS 2017 — #Day21: DIY Christmas Hats — Consider Yourself Warned…

« And, on the Thursday before Christmas, L sat at his computer and thought… Shit, how do you make a hat?” IT’S ME, your favourite llama and Christmas CEO L! Today, we’re going to talk about an array of ideas relating to DIY Christmas hats (they’re a thing now too, like Christmas drinks), mainly becauseI […]

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Blogmas #20: The Nativity of Christmas Yet To Come

Hello! I am typing this after having been struck by tinselitis (most likely a cold but it did suspiciously start after we covered the house in tonnes of tinsel the other day, but tinselitis sounds more festive??). Anyway, I’m not quite with it so this could turn out very…interestingly? I’m going to rewrite the Nativity story in the name of Blogmas and put my own spin on it.

The Nativity of Christmas Yet To Come

Bleeep bleep bloop. “Moon to Space Lodge 3000, moon to Space Lodge 3000, do you have a room to spare for the night? My wife saw a shooting star last night and now she’s convinced she’s going to have a child?”

“Blip blip bleeep,” a green and purple spotted creature gurgled done the high-tech futuristic phone me that I can’t be bothered to name. 

“Oh, there’s no room?” The astronaut sighed. “This is the fifth space station I’ve tried now, we don’t have time to travel to the next galaxy!”

“Blip bleeep blip.” The alien replied.

“What was that? You have a crater to spare?” The astronaut took a moment to think, it was their last option, they had to take it. 

And with that, the astronaut and his wife hopped along the moon to find a small, dusty indent with a purple and green flag sticking out of it reading “Space Lodge 3000, over flow carpark”, which they presumed must be the crater the alien was talking about. 

As they made themselves at home in the crater, all sort of multicoloured, long-legged aliens crept over the horizon towards them. 

“Bleep blip blip,” one of them said, heading towards the confused couple.

“You have gifts for us?” The astronaut translated. “For the child?”.

“Bleeep”, the alien moved it’s hands forward and the astronauts could see that it was holding a lump of snoldering asteroid. Two others presented themselves each carrying a lump of moon rock and some space dust.

“Ermm, thanks, I guess,” the astronaut said, accepting the gifts and putting them down beside them. The gaggle of aliens took this as a sign of acceptance and crowded into the crater. Before long, the astronaut and his wife found themselves squished in between a variety of strange creatures, all sitting patiently and waiting.

The astronauts, and the aliens, sat all night, waiting for something to happen. Stars twinkled in galaxies far away, but there was no sign of a child being born. 

Many lightyears later, a bright white light filled the sky and the astronauts wife shrieked that it was the same shooting star that had appeared to her previously.  She stood up expectantly waiting for what it had to say, except she forgot about the lack of gravity and began to float away a bit.

“Terribly sorry to bother you,” the star began saying in an eerie, echoing voice. “It seems that my sat nav malfunctioned. You see, I was meant to take a left turn but took a right by accident and bumped into you. You’re not going to have a child, my mistake.”

The astronaut looked even more confused than he had done the whole time, and his wife was puzzled too. 

“I’ll be going now.” The star said, and just as suddenly as it had appeared, it flew out of sight. 

The alien creatures made a few bleeping noises, and then they started to depart too. The astronaut and his wife were left alone in the crater, confused as ever, and decided they would travel over to Mars, they’d never had any problems with strange folk there, and the exchange rate was a lot better, so that’s what they did.

The end.

BLOGMAS 2017 — #Day19: The Nativity — Consider Yourself Warned…

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Blogmas #18: Christmas Q&A

I’m actually quite excited for this. I don’t think I’ve ever done a Q&A and this one will be Christmassy so what’s not to love?

L and I have been asking you to tweet in and comment your questions for us, which I’ll be giving my answers to today!

What is your favourite Christmas film? – Megan @ Probability Reading and Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff

Arghhh it’s so hard to pick one! In a previous Blogmas post I said that my favourite Christmassy films were Nativity!, The Polar Express and Paddington (loosely linked to Christmas but it’s amazing???). So, if I had to pick out of those I think it would have to be Nativity! based on the fact that I can watch it again and again and still get that heart-warming feeling during the ending! But then I also love Paddington??? Arghhhhh

Do you prefer staying at home for Christmas or going on holiday? – Janet @ The Storyteller

Usually we stay at home for Christmas. When I was younger we used to stay at my grandparents in Yorkshire for Christmas every few years, which I did enjoy as I love Yorkshire and it was nice to spend Christmas with most of the family, but as I’ve grown older I much prefer staying at home as it’s so much less hassle. I mean, if I had the option to go abroad for Christmas that would be pretty cool, although I don’t think I’d want to be away from home on Christmas day but some other time in the Christmas holidays would be fun. (Don’t mind me imaging Berlin a.k.a. my fave place on earth at Christmas…😍).
What’s your favourite ornament on your Christmas tree? – Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff

Oooh this is a good question! As I speak, we haven’t actually got our tree up yet so I’ll have to pick one from memory. I think when I was little I got this green squishy plastic ball shaped bauble, it has sort of holes in it – it’s really hard to describe but I always remember having that on our tree and it reminds me of being a smol child. Although I do also have a little tartan owl decoration that I bought a few years ago and it’s so cute! Arghhh it’s hard to decide!

What would your nightmare Christmas tree look like? – Elm @ Just Call Me Elm or Something

Well, when I was in the bus the other day coming home from college, I saw a Christmas tree in someone’s house that was…rather strange. It had several huge plastic reindeer with a sort of gold coating hanging on the tree. I mean, they were almost the size of small cats. It was borderline creepy! The reindeers were so huge…it just didn’t look right! I don’t know if it counts as a nightmare tree but it was very bizarre. (Tbh my tree is probably some people’s idea of a nightmare tree as we literally just throw stuff on it anywhere and there is no colour-coordination whatsoever 😂).

What would you prefer to be, Santa or an elf? – Elm @ Just Call Me Elm or Something

Oooh I think I’d have to go with an elf. Being Santa sounds too stressful. Although I’m probably too tall to fit in with the other elves, but I have big ears so that might help?
Is there one Christmas tradition you have that if you didn’t do, it wouldn’t feel like Christmas? – Bethany @ Bethany and Books

I think it would have to be putting up decorations. At the moment we don’t have any up and it really doesn’t feel like Christmas yet. I think decorations help with the whole Christmas Vibe (also it’s an excuse to not tidy the house for a while because there are decorations! Decorations everywhere!).

Thank you all for your questions, I had fun answering them! Christmas is almost upon us now eeeek!!