12 Collabs of Christmas – DAY #11 – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day (Ft. Arielle)

Good evening, and Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful day.
Since it’s Christmas Eve, today’s collab – with awesome blogger Arielle – is all about that: what we usually do on Christmas Eve, and the following Day. Here it is!


Christmas Eve!
Arielle: My tiny family seems to never have anything done before so on Christmas Eve, before all the stores close, we go do some last minute shopping. Presents, food, and other random stuff that we see..and think we need. Along with shopping, we get all of our wrapping done. Fortunatley, I had some time the other day so I could wrap some of the presents that I bought.
We all go to my aunt’s for Christmas, so at my house, we don’t put up many decorations. We leave all that to my aunt. Not that my house isn’t Christmassy… it’s just that nobody really gets to see it if we put anything up.
After we get all of our presents wrapped and last minute things done, we load up everything in the car so we don’t have to do it Christmas morning. That saves a lot of stress trying to remember everything. We also get a little bit of cooking done, too. The chicken, turkey, ham.. we need to get done that night since it takes the longest. We also finish up our pies and deserts as well. For a small family, we do like to eat a lot.

Anthony: I honestly love Christmas eve more than the day itself, that’s because we open our presents that day!
Each year, our whole family gathers at (paternal) grandma’s house around the Christmas tree in the evening. We wait in agonizing anticipation for the sounds of bells announcing the arrival of Santa Claus, usually a dressed up family member. The presents are distributed, the pictures taken, the packages opened. It has been this way every year since I was born.
Then, we all share Christmas dinner, prepared by grandma  l(with the help of mom and my aunts). It’s usually delicious. If I’m lucky (LIKE TODAY YES), the dinner is what we call ‘Ghammeh’. It’s basically animal intestines filled with rice and meat, topped with garlic sauce. I know it really sounds off putting, that is if you’ve never tried it. Try it once, at the hands of grandma of course, and you’ll see it’s the most delicious thing ever.
Enough about food!
After our meal, we go back home, pray together, then sleep early.
Christmas Day
Arielle: Somehow everyone manages to get up quite early on Christmas. My family that lives around me gathers all of their other presents and food, which we didn’t put in the car the night before, and go to my aunt’s house in town. Once we get there, we unload everything (which is not fun compared to loading it up…) and get ready to have dinner.
Our dinner usually consists of the turkey, chicken, ham.. green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, bread (rolls), stuffing, this cranberry thing that I don’t really like, and I’m sure there’s a few others that I’m missing. For desert we have pecan pie and usually some other type of pie, cookies, and peanut butter and chocolate fudge.
The dinner is the best part because my aunt and Grandma are the best cooks. I look forward to Christmas (and Thanksgiving) dinner every year.
After dinner, it’s time to open presents. It takes a little bit to get them all sorted, but after that, we tear into them. We see what we’ve recieved, thank the person who got them for us and pack them up back in the car to take home.
Before my family goes our separate ways back home, some of them watch ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’. I don’t see the humor in this and think the movie is completly dumb, so I skip watching it with everyone. Instead, I’ll go help my aunt clean up after dinner and put things away.
After the movie is done and everyone is visiting, we all say our goodbyes and go home. Unloading everything again isn’t fun, but it has to be done. I take all of my stuff to my room, put it away, and usually go to sleep because the day is usually pretty tiring for me.
And that’s my Christmas Eve/Christmas Day! I know it doesn’t sound like much but it’s everything to me.
Anthony: We slept early because we had to wake up early on this day! It’s Christmas morning, which means ‘Merry Christmas!’, ‘Joyeux Noël!’, ‘Woulida Al-Massih, Hallelujah (Jesus is Born, Hallelujah)’ going all around.
We have to drive to our hometown before 10 A.M. to be on time for Christmas mass. So the hustle begins.
The house is jammed with us hurriedly eating something, trying on our newly bought clothes, showing these clothes to each other, fixing our hair, getting ready…
Then, as usual, we come down to our grandparent’s house to show tnem our clothes and hear compliments about how handsome we look.
Then, it’s off to the mass. After that’s done, we spend the rest of the day in the hometown. We have our Christmas meal with our mom’s family at grandma #2 ‘s house, along with my cousins, which is great. When we were younger we would get our presents from grandma at that point, but I don’t think it still will happen because we’re old now.
After everything we go back home, dad sleeps and we go back to carrying on with our lives. (Which in my case will include starting to write tomorrow’s very last collab – so exciting!)

I hope you have enjoyed reading our Christmas habits! 😀 what are yours? Do you have any special/unique/downright weird ones?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

12 Collabs of Christmas – Day #10 – Christmas Opposites Tag! (Ft. Laura)

Hello! It’s me (again). I’ve been wondering if after all these OKAY NOPE.
Today I have another tag, but this one I’ve come up with myself, together with Laura from LaLa’s Book Reviews.
It’s a Best/Worst list of all things Christmas! Sounds fun, right?
Let’s go!


Laura’s answers are purple
My answers are pure gold
Just kidding, they’re just yellow
You just got trolled

Best Christmas & Worst Christmas

I can’t think of one particular Christmas that was the best. However, my favourite Christmas holidays were during my childhood. In my country, kids are the ones who are decorating the Christmas Tree, and the classrooms at school. It was really fun to decorate my class with my classmates (we usually have one classroom for at least on year or more; we only move when we have to go to a lab.). Since we had the same classmates for the whole four years of elementary school, middle school or college, there was a competition between classes: who has the nicest decorated room. We would also go and sing carols to our teachers. For example, in grade 11 we went from class to class to sing carols to teachers and other students. And yes, it was during school hours. Some teacher also invited us to go to their house, sing carols to them and have a little chat. It was really nice, and we had a lot of fun.
My worst Christmas was in 2009, since I came to Canada in November 2009. I didn’t get to spend the holiday with friends and family. It was only me and my parents; I don’t think we had a Christmas tree that year. I also noticed that here, nobody decorated classrooms, nobody sang carols during school, the teachers weren’t that close to their students the way the ones in my country are. In a way it didn’t feel like Christmas at all.


I don’t think I can really pin down a best or worst Christmas… I mean, generally all of them were great. I don’t remember one of them that was more or less special than the other… All I honestly remember are the gifts, which is really bad. I know.


Best gift you’ve got & Worst gift you’ve got

I was in 7th or 8th grade, and my mum bought me Harry Potter 5 for Christmas. I loved it, especially since I’ve been waiting for a few months for the book to come out. It is not the only nice gift I got for Christmas, but it’s one that I will always remember.

Well, I got a new phone last year, what’s better than that?! I also remember a laptop I got when I was young. It was a ‘toy’ laptop, but for me it was awesome. Back then, laptops were the new thing, so I was thrilled and felt cool. It had so many features, I remember the neighbors came to our place to play on it because we didn’t even have computers then. But I lost it >_<

As for the worst gift, I remember it clearly. It was a portable mp3 player. First of all, I wasn’t old enough to listen to my own music yet. I was still at the age where something big and colorful would make a better gift than something small but valuable. Second, it only read CDs. Third, IT NEVER WORKED! I was really disappointed.

Best gift you’ve given & Worst gift you’ve given

When I was younger (elementary), I used to buy my mum silly stuff, like cheap earrings and other stuff like this. Since she never liked them or wear them, I suppose they were terrible gifts.

I only started giving gifts a few years ago, when we did ‘Ange Gardien’ in class, or what you might call Secret Santa. I always like my gifts to be nice and meaningful. I think the worst one I’ve given was in sixth grade, I was new to this whole secret santa thing so I did what everyone else was doing and got him… A mug. I admit it. I am ashamed, but oh well.

The best gift I gave for Christmas… I don’t know. I got my bestie Endgame by James Frey, a book she had been wanting, and though it’s just a book I’m really glad I got it because it’s fantastic.

Best Christmas traditions & Worst Christmas traditions

One of the best Christmas traditions is carol singing. In my country we go from door to door, or from gate to gate and sing carols to our friends and neighbours. They usually give

Worst Christmas traditions. I hate it when Christmas is reduced to buying a lot of stuff, eating a lot and giving presents. Sure, it’s not all bad, but these are not really things

I don’t think we have a bad Christmas tradition… No. I can’t think of any. But the best one is, as I previously stated, dinner at my Grandma’s.
Best Christmas song & Worst Christmas song

Best Christmas songs:

Carols. I love carols.

O Tannenbaum



Worst Song:

Cyndi Lauper – Feels Like Christmas


I love carols too. Any would do 😀 I love Adeste Fideles because, well, I just sang it yesterday in a  small recital (#star). Petit Papa Noel is also the biggest classic.

I kinda hate ‘Last Christmas’ by WhateverHisNameIsIDon’tRememberAndFranklyDon’tCare. I think it’s just pointless, and has no relation to Christmas whatsoever, excpet that it mentions it in the chorus, and has a cheesy christmasy melody. Urgh.

Five things you hate & love about Christmas

Five things I hate about the Christmas season:
· The amount of people in stores; especially during sales days. I hate agglomeration.
· The fact that “helping needy people” is just a Christmas thing. I know there are people who help others all the time, but during the Christmas season, everywhere you go and look there is an ad about how it’s nice to donate and do this because it’s Christmas.
· Bad music in stores. It’s kind of annoying to hear Christmas songs on repeat when you go shopping. How about no music at all? 😛
· Terrible movies at TV.
· Coca-Cola

What I love about Christmas:

·Traditional Christmas food ❤

·Hot wine

·Spending time with family and friends

·Decorating the tree and the house


Five things I hate:

1-All the preaching. We get it. Love. Kindness. Modesty. Helping people. Come up with something creative for a change!

2-The commercialization is awful. Come on, some things are taken way too far.

3-Celebrities trying to put out christmas songs. Ugh. They never work for me.

4-The radio during christmas week. It ONLY plays christmas songs. IT’S ANNOYING!

5-We’re only given less than two weeks as christmas break. That’s not enough AT ALL.

Five things I love: 

1-The decorations. They’re SO fun to put up! In my home, in class, everywhere. Even changing my phone wallpaper to a christmas tree is satisfying!

2-Christmas carols. They’re really fun to sing, and get me in the holiday feel.

3-Grandma’s food. On Christmas eve we all gather at our paternal grandma’s house where we share an amazingly delicious meal. I CAN’T WAIT FOR TONIGHT’S AAAAAA

4-The ‘surprise’ arrivals. Every year now, one of my two uncles who live in Australia makes a surprise appearance on Christmas. It has happened so many times now that we’re getting used to it.

5-Opening presents. Oh what fun it is to wonder what may be hidden inside the wrapping paper! Just opening these suckers is a gift in itself.


Hope you enjoyed this tag 🙂 I nominate anyone who would like to do it.

Have a great day!


12 Collabs of Christmas – DAY #9 – Dashing Through The Snow Book Tag! (Ft. Calliope the Book Goddess)

Good evening!
Today I’m here with Calliope the Book Goddess and we’re doing a classic good ol’ book tag! We chose the Dashing Through the Snow book tag. Let’s go!



Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree.

Calliope: I’m hoping for a lot actually! The Mara Dyer and Miss. Peregrine box sets, the Winner’s Curse and Winner’s Crime too. But most of all, I think I want to see The Wrath and the Dawn because I want to own it before I get the second one to re read. (Cause I library read the Wrath and the Dawn)
Me: I really, really, really wish I’ll find Allie Brosh’s new book, even though it’s still not out yet, because I NEEDS IT! I also would really like to find Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka of course Jo Rowling) BUT I STILL NEED TO READ THE SECOND GODDAMIT
[Ohmygod guys I just started using this new feature on my phone where I can just talk and it will translate what I said into words and it’s so relieving yassss.]

Name a book you’ll be reading during the holidays:

C:Since I’m going to have a long two day car ride to Florida and back during my Christmas break, I’m hoping to get some reading in, and hopefully finally read the Kiss of Deception and Angelfall, which I’ve been meaning to read for months.

Me: I have been reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows since friggin September I still haven’t finished it so I guess I’ll have to finish it now in order to continue reading other books later. I want to read 13 Reasons Why, The Silkworm and And Then There Were None. I’ll try to finish as much as I can but DOUBT IT! 😦

Name your favourite Christmas movie.

C:Ooh, this is hard. I love Home Alone, Elf, and the Grinch, I can’t decide.
Me:Home alone is a classic and I really love it too, duh. I also have enjoyed films like the Nightmare Before Christmas; I think it’s beautifully made.

Do you like snow?

C:Ok, I kind of like it because that usually means no school, but then I’m the one stuck shoveling the really long driveway. So I like the snow, but only if i don’t have to shovel it.
Me: Do I like snow? Are you kidding? Who doesn’t like snow?! I love snow! YAY FOR SNOW (except if by Snow you mean a certain president… Hmm hmm)

Name a character you would like to spend your Christmas Day with.

C:Can I go with the Weasley family? They’re just awesome.

Me:Yeah I guess the Weasleys would make good hosts for a Christmas party but if I had to pick one character I’d probably want it to be.. I don’t know! Probably  ‘are my knee Granger’ (stupid voice recognition) from Harry Potter [oh my god I can’t believe I just told YOU who her my knee Granger (HERMIOME FFS) is. If you didn’t already know her, I don’t think you’d be reading this.]

To give or to receive?

C:Hmm, um well, call me vain or selfish, but I like receiving because it’s so magical to unwrap presents. Plus, I suck at giving. Like if you get me a present that someone wants, i can wrap it and make it look super fancy and cool, but it’s just the picking out the gift part that i suck at.
Me: I like getting presents as much as the other person, but I really can’t describe the feeling I get when I give something. I’m not trying to be obnoxiously modest, but honestly giving gifts just makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something, you’ve done something worthy, and when you make someone happy it just automatically means you’re happy yourself!
[Okay so this voice recognition thingy sucks, it’s wednesday now and I’ve been fixing all the mistakes I had done yesterday for like half an hour. I’m never using this again! Oh and also… This is hilarious. The answers I was writing yesterday at 1 A.M. really make it look like I was completely drunk. I hope the 10 people who have already read this forgive me]
What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

C:Oh Hogwarts of course! Other than that maybe the Illean castle from the Selection series because they have the best holiday parties…with a lot of handsome guards hanging around. image

A:Yup as she said who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas at Hogwarts with Dumbledore, Snape, McGonagall, Hagrid, and their best friends?! I want to go to Hogwarts every single day, let alone Christmas!

Fondest Christmas memory?

C:You know, this came up as a journal for my Creative Writing class, and i have to say that i don’t really have one. (This might have to do with the fact that my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas and when i ask for something for Christmas, my mom says we don’t celebrate it, and i say bish wet, semantics mother)
Me: No idea! I love all christmasses. Last year, when I got this, phone, was really good. I mean I got a new phone!

Can you sat ‘Christmas Tree’ 10 times fast without messing up?

C:NOOOOO! I messed up on the 10th one!!! Can it please count though???
Me: I MESSED UP THE 9TH but the continued to num. 20 so I guess I can. Bown down bitches.
Whoops oh yeah it’s Christmas.
Joy to the world the lord is come.
Hope you enjoyed this 🙂 See you later!

12 Collabs of Christmas – DAY #7 – Merry Christmas… Not! (Ft. Crap)

Hey! Today is something quite different. Enough of Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! Crap is here with a very interesting story. She lives in a Christmas-free environment! While many of us find it hard to imagine a world with no Christmas trees, gifts and carols, some people actually have never celebrated this holiday. Let’s see what crap has to say about this:


     My first and maybe only memory of Christmas is the time I stopped believing in that big fat man I saw on the television. I was 7 and my dad took me to this big posh, expensive hotel for Christmas morning (I whined the previous night until he finally saw that annoying grin on his little angel’s face). It was this kid’s party and everything was nice and pretty and I felt real cool until I sat on South East Asian Santa’s lap and he gave me gum. CHEWING GUM! I mean what kind of a present is that? Who gives kids chewing gums that I have lying all over the house anyway? The fact that it was a flavor I detested didn’t really help either.
    So yeah, being in this part of the world, Christmas isn’t really as big of a deal as it is elsewhere. Yes, it is celebrated but by people who are Christian and they just go to churches or have a nice meal out somewhere. The whole town isn’t all sparkly and red. Not many traditions here either. So Christmas to me is: not having to wake up early and eating lunch in my PJs, tucked under the blankets.
  I feel like, Christmas has become a lot more of a cultural thing rather than religious, even though it is essentially a religious holiday. Where you are, has a lot to do with how you celebrate it. Even people who used to basically decorate even the toilet would probably just have a quiet dinner if they lived here.
   I do miss out on it though. I would have loved seeing some big old Christmas tree all dolled up standing in my living room. I sometimes have even fantasized about what would happen if my crush and I suddenly, randomly ended up under the mistletoe. (OH YUSSS!!!  *blush*blush*). And the food! GOD! I hate missing out on all that food.
Oh, and no snow. So there really is nothing to get excited about, and I hate how I can’t relate to any of the posts here these days. THEY’VE ALL GOT SOMETHING TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS. But it’s okay, we have our holidays and they make up for it I guess. I’m happy to see all of you so excited though. Have a blast !

12 Collabs of Christmas – DAY #6 – (Fantasy!) Christmas Dinner! (Ft. Emiwee)

Salut 🙂
Today I’m going to be posting something quite interesting that I came up with, in collaboration with Emily.
It’s a short story – a fan fiction, actually, because the subject is to pick 5 characters from any book/movie and make them share a Christmas Dinner.
Emily picked her characters and wrote her story on my blog, and I’ll write mine on hers 🙂 here it is:


Heya! I’m Emily from emiwee. This guy here (fyi Anthony) and I teamed up together to give you two ultimate Christmas fanfics! Well, mine’s not that ultimate, but Anthony’s sure is XD (Also his will be on my blog soon) So the fanfics are about 5 characters from movies/books and forcing them to have a Christmas dinner together. Here are the characters I chose and their movies/books:

·         Baymax – Big Hero 6

·         Paddington Bear – Paddington/Paddington Bear Series

·         Mad Hatter – Alice in Wonderland

·         Audrey – Finding Audrey (Sophie Kinsella)

·         Tori Spring – Solitaire (Alice Oseman)

Yeah, I probably should’ve chose better characters. Uhh oops. Anyway, I tried my best to keep them in character and not to include any spoilers! HOPE YOU ENJOY!!

And continue to check out Anthony’s 12 Collabs of Christmas once you’re done, because it’s an absolutely GENIUS idea and so far has been amazing!



“Welcome to the tea party! Let’s have some tea!!” The Mad Hatter announced as the others sat down. He was at the head of the table.

“Tea,” Baymax began. “Tea has less caffeine than coffee, therefore is a good alternative to drink. It has been proven to be good for the heart and may reduce cancer. Green tea provides the human body the most positively out of all the teas – it helps improve blood flow and-“

“Mr Baymax. It is good to know about the beneficial qualities of tea but if I may ask, could you please change the subject?” Paddington Bear asked.

The girl with the dark glasses, otherwise known as Audrey, just slipped a note to Paddington Bear, which he read aloud as “Where’s the food?”

Tori scoffed, sipping her sweet tea as she took in this bizarreness. She hadn’t planned to attend this “Christmas dinner”, but her brother Charlie said it would be a much better improvement than her lastChristmas… there was free food, so how could she turn down the offer.

Soon, the table was filled with Christmas delights. Pudding, roast chicken, roast ham, a variety of salads, bread rolls… it was like the last supper all over again. Surely they weren’t able to eat this all. And one of the attendees was a robot!

The Mad Hatter’s mouth shot into a smile, but then opened to say, “We need to change our positions!!”

And thus, the music started and they all had to rise to swap positions. Fortunately, Tori hid her cup with her as she switched around, but then Baymax sat down without a cup. Not that he seemed to mind. It wasn’t like he could drink tea.

Paddington Bear cleared his throat. “I think it’s time to eat food. What else did we come here for?”

Baymax stared blankly at his plate whilst the others dove into the food. He wasn’t sure if they should be using their own cutlery because that would spread their germs when they came for seconds. And, he wasn’t sure what he should do because he couldn’t eat food.

Meanwhile, Audrey and Tori ate in silence and Paddington Bear listened intently to the Mad Hatter’s story.

“Ah, you see, I come from this land called Wonderland. March Hare and I are always having a tea party! Oh wait a minute!! I HAVE TO SING THE UNBIRTHDAY SONG! It’s not anyone’s birthday today, is it?”

No one nodded their head or said yes.

“Okay… 1, 2, 3! A very merry unbirthday.. to-“

“Please don’t start singing,” Audrey just barely said out loud.

“Why not??!?!” The Mad Hatter questioned.

“Because… I just want to eat if I could,” responded Audrey.

The Mad Hatter slumped back into his chair and picked up his cutlery. He started to cut up his chicken forcefully. Oh, and eat quickly. Too quickly that he began to choke.

Baymax stood up and hit the Mad Hatter’s back until he spat the chicken on to the side of his plate. The robot also gave him a glass with water.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your pain?” Baymax asked.

“What is this, witchcraft?” The Mad Hatter asked, horrified at the robot.

“On a scale of 1 to-“


“You have been a good boy. Have a lollipop,” Baymax gave him a lollipop. “Are you satisfied with your care?”

“What?? Of course not!”

“Alright then.” The robot went back to his seat and sat down.

Audrey, Tori and Paddington Bear glanced at each other, unsure of what just occurred. They shrugged and continued eating.

Tori thought about her last Christmas while eating. It had been the first Christmas after Charlie came back, and it was incredibly hard for him. Her family kept asking him too many questions, questions that didn’t need to be asked, and then her mum lashed out at him. This caused Charlie to escape to his boyfriend’s house.

She shook her head. It wasn’t the time to think about that. This Christmas was something quite different… well, a lot different.

Suddenly, there was an announcement that silenced everyone’s thoughts, words and future dialogue.

“Mr Hatter, Miss Turner, Miss Spring and Mr Baymax – since Christmas is about giving, I think it would be a great idea to share what our lives have given us and how it has affected us, hopefully postively,” Paddington Bear announced.

The Mad Hatter was about to shout out something until Tori glared at him. His mouth closed and he sat back in his chair.

“Does everyone agree?” Paddington Bear asked.

Everyone nodded, except for Baymax, who said “yes”.

Tori volunteered to go first, with certain events fresh in her mind. She cleared her throat. “Well, um, this year, my life has given me a healthier brother. My brother had gone through some really tough times last year. I’m glad that he has gotten better. At school, there was this blog called Solitaire… and there is the boy… called Michael Holden. I’m… a better person, I think, of that.”

She shut her mouth and leaned back into her chair. Oh god, she found that embarrassing. Where was her normal cynical tone? Solitaire and that boy have really changed her life and how she acted.

The Mad Hatter decided to go next. “My life has stayed the same. Tea parties and Wonderland! But there was this girl, oh this girl, Alice! She did not understand the tea party and what unbirthdays were. Oh that girl was HORRENDOUS! There was absolutely NOTHING good about her! Zero, zilch, nada! She-“

“I think the others are currently in a… state of… insanity, I think. I have pinpointed the cause as ‘The Mad Hatter’s rambling’. Also, Tori, you should turn down your volume. Loud excessive sounds can cause ear damage,” Baymax said.

True to Baymax, Tori had her earphones in and her music could even be heard outside of her earphones. Audrey had crawled into a ball on to the floor and was hyperventilating and Paddington Bear had politely covered his ears with his paws.

The Mad Hatter had stood up and exclaimed out “Fine! If no one wants to listen to me, I will leave!” He stomped out of the dining room and left.

“Thank goodness Mr Hatter has left. If I have to be honest, he was being most annoying,” Paddington Bear sighed with relief. Soon, Tori turned off her music and unplugged her earphones, and Audrey managed to sit back on her chair.

“Audrey next?” the Bear asked.

She brought out her notepad and quickly scribbled something down. She handed it to Paddington Bear, who read out loud, “I’ve been getting better at handling my anxiety. Life gave me a therapist, my therapist’s stupid project (but it helped me anyway) and Linus. That is all for now.”

“Baymax?” Paddington Bear urged.

“My life was created, and it gave Tadashi, my creator, and Hiro, his younger brother. Although Tadashi is now deceased, Hiro has taken over. I helped him, and he helped me. I became his health care companion and I care for him very much,” the huggable robot replied, with that being the most words he had ever said together during the dinner.

The bear smiled. “I have enjoyed listening to everyone’s story, and now it is time for mine. My life has given me an adventure. I found myself in the great city of London! I was adopted by the kind Brown family, who gave me a home and a place to stay. They have helped me settle in and saved me from going through taxidermy. I really appreciate their care for me and I will never be able to thank them enough.”

Not too long later, the stars appeared in the sky and snow fell. Everyone gathered around the big window to be captivated by the sight.

Sure, the dinner had quite some interesting occurrences. But all in all, it was something different, something weird, something bizarre… not that it matter too much.

It was still a Christmas dinner.

12 Collabs Of Christmas – DAY #1 – Christmas Tree! (Ft. Elm)

Hello everyone!! I’m so excited to finally present the project I’ve been working on, 12 Collabs Of Christmas, today 😀
For the premiere, I chose one of my favorite bloggers of all time and QUEEN OF THE INTERNET, Elm!
Without further ado, here’s the post! Hope you enjoy it 🙂



Heya! It’s Elm, from Just Call me Elm or Something, and the amazing Anthony has let me collab with him on his blog.  That’s pretty bloody amazing, because I adore it.  Anyway, let’s get onto the post before I bore you with my fangirl ramblings.

I love Christmas, mainly because of the festive atmosphere; I’m not religious so I don’t celebrate it in the Christian sense.  I love the decorations and the presents and the foods.  So I thought, seeming as I’m called Elm, why not write about the tree? (That’s…  That’s NOT clever, Elm, really).

Every single year, we get a real tree: we insist on it.  I love the smell of pine, the feel of the needles, the way the tree fans out.  When I was 10, and a bit before that, I always used to get bored – I’d strip the needles off some of the smaller branches and put them in a bowl, and the smell was glorious.  It shouldn’t have been, because I was demolishing a tree (that’s REALLY bad) but still: I have memories of doing that and it kind of represents my childhood.

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t love the decorations.  My sister and I decorate the tree together, usually, along with my father.  We’ve left it late this year, but we should be decorating it tonight and tomorrow.  My favourite has to be the tinsel, because it’s sparkly and awesome and I used to drape it around myself like a scarf.  I also did that with chains of beads, which I still love.

Of course, you’ve got baubles – which are bloody cute – and the angel, but I’m not really fussed about them.  Baubles are fun to hang up, though, even though I have to get help because I can’t tell if they’re spread evenly.  Same with our other strange, miscellaneous decorations.

Ahh, I just love Christmas in general.  I’ve been rebellious and not joined in with Blogmas, but as it gets closer to the 25th, you might see a sneaky Christmas post appearing on my blog.  This one’s got me in a festive mood.

Thank you so much, Anthony, for letting me post on here.  You’re really amazing, and I’m looking forward to reading the other collabs you do, because it’ll make me feel even more festive.

I really hope you enjoyed that!

From Elm 🙂

12 Collabs Of Christmas!


Yes! The project I have been so excited for is here!

This month, I’ll be hosting the “12 Collabs Of Christmas” project. Every day, starting the 14th of December, I will be posting a collab with a different person on my blog, up till Christmas!

I have been meaning to do this for a long time, and have been preparing, contacting and organizing all week. I got the idea after realizing I’ve missed Blogmas by a few days, so I wanted to make up for it by doing something different. Youtuber iiSuperwomanii (Lilly Singh) did something similar last year on her channel, so I borrowed the idea and converted it into blog form!

I really want this project to work, because it’s the product of all the friendships I have made through this blog, and all the effort I put into making this blog a place to express my inner awkward self.

I want to celebrate this Christmas with friendship, laughter and love,
and cap my year off with these things.

I also want to prove to myself that if I’m committed to my ideas, I can make what I want happen.

Putting this together wasn’t easy, and there is still a long way to go. But I’m very happy with what I’ve prepared so far, and can’t wait to post everything.

Most of all, I’m so glad that you guys are so supportive and nice. Not one collab request was turned down! Everyone is generous, and has a warm heart. We’re really a family.

I’ll leave it here for tonight. Make sure to come back tomorrow for the very first post from 12 Collabs of Christmas! Enjoy!