CHRISTMAS 2015 | BLOGMAS #10

And Christmas is over once again. I hope you all had a wonderful time however and whenever you celebrated Christmas, and if you didn't celebrate it I hope you had a great time anyway! I spent my Christmas with my mum and my brother, we went to the graveyard, ate good food and opened presents, just like every year. 
 
I was going to write a "what I got for Christmas" blog post but I couldn't get any good pictures because of the lighting, so I gave up. But when I woke up this morning and it wasn't too dark (compared to yesterday), I decided to take some quick, bad quality pictures with my iPad to show you some of the things anyway. This is where everyone says they're not trying to brag in any way, type or form, but I think we all know by now that that is obviously not the case. 
 
 
I don't think I need to say much about any of this. I got a ton of candy, which is going to take me two years to eat. In the third picture there's a candle holder in the form of an owl, a lip balm in the form of an owl, some products for my face, scented candles and a shower gel. Apart from all this I also got an owl blanket, a 2016 calendar, some makeup and things for when I move out, mostly dishware. I got so much stuff and I'm actually surprised by how much I got and I'm so grateful for it all. 
 
SWE / Och så är julen över igen! Jag hoppas ni alla hade en bra jul oberoende hur eller när ni firade, och om ni inte alls firade så hoppas jag ni hade det bra iallafall! Jag tillbringade dagen med min mamma och min bror som alla andra år också. Jag tänkte göra ett inlägg där jag visar vad jag fick i julklap men eftersom det hela tiden är så mörkt så fick jag inte några bra bilder. Jag vaknade dock idag och bestämde mig för att snabbt ta några bilder med min iPad. 
 
På bilderna ser ni en del av vad jag fick, även om de är av väldigt dålig kvalite. Förutom allt detta fick jag även smink, en filt med ugglor, en kalender och saker jag behöver då jag flyttar hemifrån, som tallrikar och sånt. Jag fick en massa saker och jag är otroligt tacksam och även lite förvänad över hur mycket jag fick.

MY CHRISTMAS NAILS | BLOGMAS #9

 

FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS FILMS | BLOGMAS #8

The Holiday (2006) | Comedy, Romance | IMDb | Trailer | Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz etc.
 
Elf (2003) | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | IMDb | Trailer | Will Ferrell etc.
 
Home Alone (1990) | Comedy, Family | IMDb | Trailer | Macaulay Culkin etc. 
 
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) | Comedy, Fantasy, Family | IMDb | Trailer | Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen etc.

CHRISTMAS TAG | BLOGMAS #7

1. When do you start getting excited about Christmas? 
It's different every year! Some years I don't get excited at all, some years it starts already during summer. But usually in november.  

2. Do you still have advent calendars?
I order the calendar from a kid's tv-programme every year. I might or might not open every door in January, but I always need to have it. I hardly anymore buy any chocolate ones, but this year I actually have a chocolate one too!

3. What are your favourite Christmas Films?
I've actually not seen that many, but I love Home Alone, Elf and Joulupukki ja noitarumpu (Santa Claus and the Magic Drum) - it's one I grew up with and associate with Christmas more than anything else.
 
4. Do you have any funny Christmas memories?
The more I think about it, the more I realise I actually can't remember much at all. The only thing I remember, which isn't really funny, but one year, I was probably 5 years old, I wished for loads of stuffed toys but instead I ended up getting a big one. This isn't a funny one, but a few years ago I fell in the stairs and hurt my finger, and little did I know I would actually be going to the doctor a lot and have three (or four? I can't even remember) surgeries within a few years because of it. I still can't use my finger properly, and I never will.

5. Talk us through your typical Christmas Eve/Day?
Christmas Eve is the big day in Finland, but in my family we don't really do much actually. My mum and step dad leave pretty early to eat rice porridge. I stay in bed late, and by the time I've gotten ready it's usually time to start preparing dinner. So I help with that, then we eat, my mum cleans up a bit, we open presents, and eat dessert a few hours later. My mum and I usually eat a little again around like 10p.m. Christmas isn't really that different than a normal day to be honest. 

6. What do you eat for Christmas Dinner?
We usually start with some fish and potatoes. I'm not a big fan of the traditional Finnish Christmas dinner, so for me the main food is just potato casserole and ham. This is my first year as a pescetarian though, so we'll see what I'll come up with!
 
7. Do you have any Christmas traditions? 
We actually don't really have any.  

8. Which are your favourite Christmas songs?
Some of my favourite songs and a link to my Christmas playlist can be found here.

9. What is the best Christmas present you ever received? 
I can't think of anything special. I'm always really grateful for everything I get, but especially for a new phone or computer, because those are the most expensive gifts I've gotten, and the thought of someone spending that much money on me scares me a little.

10.Real or fake christmas tree?
Real. 

CHRISTMAS MUSIC | BLOGMAS #6

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Music is, for me, one of the best and most important parts of Christmas. It's not Christmas without all the Christmas music. Honestly, what's better than every radio station and store playing Christmas music for weeks? There's so many different songs and so many different versions of the same song you can't even get sick of them. I've made a playlist on Spotify which you can see by clicking here. Here's a few of my favourite songs. 
 
För mig är musiken en av de bästa och viktigaste delarna av julen. Det är ingen jul utan all julmusik. Vad är inte bättre än att alla radiostationer och butiker spelar julmusik i flera veckors tid? Det finns så många sånger och så många olika versioner av dem, det är omöjligt att bli trött på dem. Jag har gjort en spellista på Spotify, vilken du hittar här. Annars är här några av mina favorit julsånger. 
 
  
 

MEATLESS CHRISTMAS | BLOGMAS #5

This is my first, mostly meatless Christmas, and to be completely honest I've been very stressed about it since I decided to leave out meat from my diet. I've never eaten anything but ham and potato casserole on Christmas, so what on earth am I supposed to eat this year? Of course I could try to survive on a bunch of potato casserole, but that wouldn't be very fun, healthy, filling or delicious after two days. Another alternative is substituting the ham with fish, which literally everyone has said to me, but for some reason they don't understand that that is the complete opposite of what I want to do. Yes, I still do eat fish, but I don’t want to substitute red meat with it, nor do I want to eat any more of it than necessary.

 I've been looking on Pinterest, I've googled, watched YouTube videos, I've done everything to find some vegetarian recipes I could enjoy on Christmas. But nothing seems right. None of it screams Christmas to me. But I guess it's completely understandable, I've grown up with the same food on the table every year for 17 years. I'm used to these few things being Christmas food you only get to eat at the end of each year, for me, there hasn't been anything else that could be called Christmas food.


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 Nothing feels right, but that doesn’t mean you need meat on your plate on Christmas. I’ve found lots of different vegetarian recipes I would love to try. Actually, I’ve found so many I can’t decide what I want to actually make! 
I'm super excited to try out these recipes and to start a new "tradition". Who says you need to make the exact same foods every single year? Why not make different foods every year? That’s so much more exciting! Holidays can be hard when you don't have meat in your diet since that's usually when some kind of meat is a big part of the dinner table, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything for us non-meat eaters. Even if you are a meat eater, I dare you to eat less meat and more vegetables, and to try something new this year! Let's make our dinner tables filled with colourful veggies!

 If you have any meatless recipes you think I would like or should try this Christmas, please share! Or even if you just have some advice or something regarding meatless Christmas foods, I would love to hear. 

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Detta är min första, nästan helt köttlösa jul. För att vara helt ärlig, så har jag varit väldigt stressad över detta ända sedan jag bestämde mig för att lämna bort de flesta typerna av kött från min diet. Jag har aldrig ätit någonting annat än skinka och potatislåda på julen, så vad ska jag äta nu? Självklart kunde jag ju försöka överleva på bara potatislåda, men det skulle inte vara gott, hälsosamt, mättande eller roligt efter typ två dagar. Ett annat alternativ är att ersätta skinkan med fisk, vilket alla har sagt till mig. Av någon orsak förstår människor inte att det är exakt det jag inte vill göra. Ja, jag äter fortfarande fisk, men nej, jag vill inte ersätta rött kött med det, och jag vill heller inte äta mer fisk än jag känner att är nödvändigt. 

 Jag har googlat, kollat på Pinterest, tittat på YouTube videos, jag har gjort allting för att hitta bra vegetariska recept jag kan njuta av på julen. Men ingenting känns rätt, ingenting skriker jul. Men jag antar att det är fullt förståeligt, jag har vuxit upp med samma mat på bordet varje år i 17 års tid. Jag är van att vissa maträtter är julmat, som jag endast får njuta av i slutet av året.

 Inget känns riktigt rätt, men det betyder definitivt inte att man behöver kött på sin tallrik på julen. Jag har hittat massor med olika recept jag vill prova. Jag har faktiskt hittat så många, att jag inte kan laga allting! Jag är jätte exalterad att prova dessa recept och påbörja en ny "tradition". Vem säger att man måste laga exakt samma maträtter varje år? Varför inte prova på nya varje år? Det är så mycket roligare! Högtider kan vara svåra om man inte har kött i sin diet, eftersom det är oftast då någon typ av kött tar över en stor del av matbordet, men det betyder inte att det inte finns något för oss som inte äter kött. Även om du är en köttätare, så utmanar jag er att äta mindre kött, mer grönsaker och något nytt detta år! Låt oss fylla matborden med färggranna grönsaker tillsammans!

 Om ni har några köttlösa recept ni tror jag skulle gilla, eller som jag borde prova, dela gärna med er! Eller om ni har några tips som gäller köttlösa julrätter, så vill jag gärna höra.