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…

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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…

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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…

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