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    Give Back This Christmas

    Blogmas Day 10: Give Back This Christmas | Essential Twenty

    We’re all guilty of being swept up in the rush that is Christmas and forget things. This might be the cranberries for your sauce a la The Waitresses’ Christmas classic. This might be a Christmas card for a neighbour, or a present for your aunt. This could be a whole host of things, but what we often forget is that other people aren’t so fortunate. This Christmas morning, I’ll wake up to a roof over my head, presents under the tree and a hot meal in my belly by 4pm. Not everyone will. But there are plenty of ways to give back this Christmas, and make things a little easier for those who don’t have the luxuries you do. 

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    Blogmas, Lifestyle

    A Christmas Puzzle Haul

    Christmas Puzzle Haul | Essential Twenty
    I’m a jigsaw puzzle addict at the moment. There was a 4 day period in November where I completed three 500 piece puzzles and finished off a 1000 piece one. With Christmas rolling in, and me convincing Jack that jigsaw puzzles are the best thing ever, I’ve picked up a few – or far too many – Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles. Yes, there is zero chance of me completing them all before the Christmas period ends but your girl is going to do her best. Get ready for all of the Christmas Puzzle chat! Continue reading
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    A Very Merry London Christmas: The Full Post

    Blogmas Day 8: London Christmas | Essential Twenty

    It’s not a Christmas to me if I don’t manage a sneaky trip to the big smoke. I find London pretty darn magical at any time of the year (although not enough to live there, not right now anyway), but it’s something else entirely at Christmas. Okay, it’s far busier than usual and it’s basically impossible to get a seat on the tube. But London Christmas is special to me, and that’s why I’ve compiled my favourite things to do in the capital during the festive season. I’ve also added in a few extra bits that I personally don’t choose to do that might be more up your street. If you want to know what I usually do, why not take a peak at this post I wrote last blogmas, all about my usual London Christmas trip. It even has the title I was going to give this post; I’m still in sync with 2016 Sophie apparently!

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    Blogmas, Book, Food, Lifestyle

    My Christmas Cookbook Collection

    Blogmas Day 7: My Christmas Cookbook Collection | Essential Twenty

    Nothing screams Christmas to me like cooking. Whether that’s baking sausage rolls (my mum makes the best ones and I’ll fight you if you disagree), icing some festive shaped biscuits or whipping up the roast dinner of dreams, that’s Christmas to me. You probably only need one Christmas cookbook in your collection to help you with the big day, but I have a number in my stash!

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    Christmas Festivals: Eat & Drink + Ideal Home

    Blogmas Day 6: Christmas Festivals | Essential Twenty

    A few weeks ago, DenTek invited me alone to the Eat & Drink Festival at Olympia and I’m all about filling my face with all the food and drink at Christmas. This also included entry into the Ideal Home Christmas Show, and whilst this was going to be two posts worth of content, I’ve decided to put it into one bumper post for you. My London Olympia Christmas Festivals guide.

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