The candles are lit on a rainy afternoon in the Seychelles as I look out my living room window and gaze at the view of the town below. Down there, people hurry about their last-minute Christmas business, there are presents which need to be bought, turkeys that need to be marinated, lights that need replacing, and meanwhile up here, a little island girl sits with her thoughts and reflects on this season. In my family, we have a few Christmas traditions. Firstly, Christmas Eve dinner is done at my parent’s house. The hustle and bustle of preparation is a feeling I know too well. On the morning of the 24th, my dad prepares his two signature dishes that come out of the culinary box only once a year and my mum darts around making sure…

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From multi coloured Christmas jumpers and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, to gooey chocolate festive brownie bites from M&S and hot cocoa while watching Arthur Christmas, the festive season in London would make any Grinch’s heart grow three times bigger. The temperature having dropped to single digits and having officially snowed this week, the gloves, scarves and winter boots have assuredly made their way out of the dusty boxes and are now used on a daily basis. Goodbye ripped jeans that I was desperately trying to hold on to, hello woolly stockings. This Christmas will be bittersweet, because of the loss of a loved one at home, but in order to truly respect the true meaning of this season, what we need to do is take a step back and reminisce. In sorrow and in joy,…

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The festive season, as you may already know, is my absolute favourite time of the year; with all the lights, decorations, music and of course, the presents. My favourite thing about Christmas is that it’s a time when we sit down and take in the year, we reminisce over the memories we’ve made, the new friendships we’ve built, the experiences we’ve learnt from and it’s at this time of the year when we tend to remember how important our families are. I do try to remember this throughout the year but there’s something about singing Christmas carols with your loved ones while putting the lights up on the tree that just brings this warm tingly feeling in my heart and makes me so grateful for having so much love in my life. It’s a time…

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a planner, so even on my student budget, I’ve been planning presents for my friends and family since a cold mid-October evening, when I took my little pen and notepad out and burnt the midnight oil scribbling ideas for everyone. Just kidding I was totally studying. No I wasn’t. Anyway, that way I know I’m not rushing to get anything last minute, I know that what I’m getting or making has taken a lot of thought and I know that whoever it’s going to will absolutely love it. It’s now early December but do not fret, you haven’t run out of time yet! I did my first little poll on Instagram the other day and saw that you guys were interested in seeing the kinds of ideas…

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