Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Decorations Haul

I am not putting my Christmas tree up before the 1st of December, but I already have some decorations out and I bought some lovely bits and bobs to make my house look and feel very festive. I just love Christmas. You can find links to the items I bought online below.

 I have always wanted a wooden advent calendar that I can customise with my own little presents. I finally got one and it was a bargain. I bought it on ebay (HERE) and it was only £24.99 with free delivery. It lights up as well and it arrived two days after I ordered it, so you can still get it before the 1st :) I am very happy with it and I can't wait to fill it with little treats for Zachary. I bought a selection of Lego figures - one for each day. Soooo exciting! 

It's sooo beautiful with the lights on!

 I also ordered an Elf On The Shelf to start a family tradition. I didn't mind paying £29.95 for it (HERE), as it is a real investment and I will use it every year for the rest of my life :) I love, love, love the idea! Basically, your family 'adopts' the Elf and gives him a name and his responsibility is to watch the children's behavior and report it to Santa each night. Every morning the children wake up and  look for the elf who returns from the North Pole :)

You can be as creative as you want with the placement of your Elf every morning. I will be instagramming it :) I can't wait. I will also leave a little note with a number next to the Elf every day, telling Zachary to check one of the drawers in the advent calendar for his little surprise. Oh, there is one rule - the children are not allowed to touch the Elf, because it will lose it's magical powers. We will see how it goes :) I am not sure how Zac will act about it, as he is still very young.

I already know how we will name the Elf. It's actually a hilarious story (to me anyway). Zachary keeps saying that his second name is Raisin (it's not, but it sounds similar). When you ask him about his name, he replies: Zachary Raisin :) Oh my... it makes me cry with laughter every time. When I correct him, he pulls a sad face and says - No mummy, it's not, my name is Zachary Raisin! That's why we are calling the Elf Raisin. 

The Elf comes in a big box with a book that you read to the kids to explain how it all works. You also write down the Elf's name and the 'adoption' date inside :) If I have a little girl next, I will buy a girl elf for her. 

 Our Elf - Raisin :)

I also picked up some cheap decor bits from BM Bargains. The gold reindeers were £2.99 for a pack of 2 and the huge Christmas bauble was £1.00.

 I also found a cute snowman figure with a snow globe on it's head in a Charity shop for £1.99. Score! :) I adore snow globes and I want to have a massive collection of them one day.

What's your favourite place to shop for Christmas decor? Do you like the sound of the Elf On The Shelf tradition? 



  1. The advent calendar is gorgeous! Such a sweet idea to put customised presents inside, it's so much more personal :)

    Lovely Witches

  2. I love everything in this post, as I'm getting so festive these days and I adore seeing the Christmas trees and decorations other bloggers buy. I love the 'Elf on the Shelf' idea - I really hope Zachary loves it as much as you seem to already :) and hiding those little lego figures in the draws of that fab advent calendar will really get everyone in the mood for Christmas :)

    Can't wait to see more Christmas goodies from you, I hope your little boy loves them all :)

    Rebecca xx

  3. What stunning pictures you take , I love the set ups you do .
    What gorgeous little items you have picked out . lovely post xox

  4. That wooden advent calendar is so gorgeous! xx


  5. I literally just spent a small fortune in Paperchase on Christmas decorations on my lunch, for the second time in two weeks. I love Elf Raisin, what a fab idea!!! So excited for Christmas now.

    Zoe Newlove | Beauty Blogger & MUA

  6. That elf thing is so cute! I love that idea so much. The advent calendar is beautiful too, I think put together calendars are so much better and more special than chocolate :) x

  7. Omg I love the wooden calendar, with the Lego peeking through! Those would be fun gifts for some Lego lovers I know! How cute. I've never had an advent calendar. I really like the Merry Christmas bauble you picked up!
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  8. Ooh so cute! Love that Advent Calendar - would have pride of place in my living room!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  9. You've picked up some lovely items. I love the wooden calender, it's such a great idea and the lights make it look so magical. I've loved so many of the Christmas decorations that are around this year, there's definitely some goodens.

    Shannon at

  10. I love that advent calendar and I think it would be really cool filled with little products or a nail varnish or something!

  11. I love the elf on the shelf!!!! Such a cute idea! x

    India Charlotte♥

  12. How cute and festive! I love decorating the house for Christmas. I'd love the Snow Globe - so pretty!

  13. I see this ELF all the time on Pinterest and it's such amazing and creative idea, I will do it too for sure when I'll have kids. I can't wait to see what Elf Raisin will be up to in December ;)

  14. I love the advent calendar, especially with the Lego peeking out! I'll have to stop by Home Bargains too, it looks like they have some lovely things x

  15. Everything is so, so cute! I especially love the advent calendar that you can put together yourself.


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