My Favorite Things: Holiday Link Up!

It's me, again! You're probably all impressed how many blog posts i'm managing to churn out this month compared to last month! I'm finally getting back into routine.

Anyway, last night I was busy nosing around at other teacher blogs when I stumbled upon this wonderful linky - how had I missed this?! It's called 'My Favorite Things' and is hosted by Southern Fried Teachin'

You all know how much I love Christmas - you've probably seen my endless Christmas tops/jumpers/dress on my insta! So, this is just a perfect linky for me.

So, here are the questions I'm going to answer.. 

Here goes..

1) Favorite holiday song
It's got to be Fairytale of New York, I don't know why but I just love this song and it genuinely doesn't feel like Christmas until I have this song on in my car on the way to work! I just love it.

2) Favorite holiday guilty pleasure food
Hmm this is a tough one. It's probably the pancake stalls in the Christmas Market - they are to die for! So yummy, especially with a hot chocolate.

3) Favorite holiday tradition
Every year, me and Nathan go to a big shopping centre about an hour away on the 23rd and then follow it with some food just us 2. I love being able to spend time as just us 2 before all the craziness sets in and we are with everyone else. On Christmas Eve we all go out for food; Me, Nathan, my mum, my dad, my sister, and Nathan's mum. It's a bit of a tradition and we do it every year, I love it! This year I'll be wearing my Christmas dress to the meal! :)

4) Favorite holiday book
This is tough. Growing up, I loved so many different Christmas stories and would love reading them or having them read to me during the run up to Christmas. However, this year when buying gifts I came across this book..

You probably guessed, I live in Swansea, so this book is just amazing! I ended up buying some for younger kids that we buy for at Christmas. Every page shows Santa travelling through a different part of Swansea, it just makes it feel so real for the kids!

5) Favorite holiday act of kindness
Every year I give money towards buying presents for children who are spending Christmas in the hospital. This year I'm also purchasing a little something to go to a very special little boy in England who is going through an awful experience and doesn't have long left to live, he only wanted Christmas cards for Christmas off people, so I thought I would get him a gift card to a local toy store. 

6) Favorite holiday memory
I can remember when iPods first became the range when I was really, really young. I can remember the excitement of having it - I never expected it! I remember my Dad sitting at the laptop for hours with me downloading all sorts of music and putting all the music from our CDs onto iTunes to upload to my new iPod, he sat with me for hours that day, my mother was finishing cooking and we were all singing and dance along to the music, it still sticks with me now!

7) Favorite holiday childhood gift
This is tough, I have to admit I was so spoilt by my parents for Christmas every year, I had more than I could have ever dreamed about, although one year I remember them buying me a keyboard - I had wanted one for so long and I just loved going to my friends house and playing her piano, I think I cried I was so excited to have it!

8) Favorite holiday craft
I love anything for the tree - I just love how over the years you can collect little reminders of what the children have made while growing up! It just makes a tree so much more personal!

9) Favorite holiday movie
This is tough there are so many great ones! Last year I fell in love with Annie Claus and I've already watched it so many times this year! Although, Home Alone and the Santa Claus movies never quite get old! I also love Arthur Christmas!

10) Favorite place to shop for holiday gifts
I love looking for ideas online during the lead up to Christmas, I've usually completed by Christmas shopping by Sept/Oct, we usually go away every August and I will stock up on some presents then - one year, we went to Dubai for August, I bought everyones Christmas presents in their mall and I was done!! I do love going to the Christmas Markets though and picking up lovely little treats - we love going to Bath Christmas Market which I'm sure is about to become a solid, yearly tradition!

11) What you want Santa to bring you
We have had so many bad things happen over the past few years, this year I would just love for Santa to bring happiness to our family, just pure happiness and for everything to right itself and give us just one good year where nothing bad happens!

12) Favorite product
My favorite resource for this time of year has to be these Elf activities.

There is just SO much included in this resource and it's sure to bring some festive fun to your classroom! There are lots of great activities included which will keep students engaged and motivated during the lead up to Christmas!

Don't forget to head on over to find out what everyone else is posting for their 12 Favorite Things!



  1. Great idea buying your Christmas presents while you're traveling! Merry Christmas!

    Years That Ask Questions

    1. Thanks for stopping by - it definitely helps make the whole thing more stressful by buying in advance - and it means the gifts are usually different than what I can get over here :)

  2. I'm sorry you had bad things happen. I hope you have happiness come your way from now on!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for your wishes! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

  3. I've never heard of the Fairytale of New York song, so I'm going to check it out! Wishing you lots of happiness during this holiday season and upcoming year!

    1. I love the song! It's probably not the happiest sounding one but for some reason it just means Christmas for me! :) Thanks for popping by, I hope you had a great Christmas and here's to a wonderful, healthy New Year :)

  4. Thanks for linking up! And OMG! You're in Swansea? I went there years ago and loved it!! I would love to travel back to that area someday.
    Southern Fried Teachin’

    1. Yes, Swansea! What part did you visit? It's ok! Tbh it's not as nice as it used to be years back! :(


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