Festive Favourites: The Holiday

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to stare longingly into Jude Law’s eyes, and there’s no better way to do so than by watching The Holiday this Christmas. I religiously watch The Holiday every year, and it’s particularly great for the beginning of December when you’re easing into the Christmas spirit because it isn’t that Christmassy. It’s one of those Christmas films that happens at Christmas but could, equally, happen at any time of the year. This year, while watching The Holiday with my housemates, I realised what makes it quite so enjoyable — it is absolutely ridiculous. Continue reading Festive Favourites: The Holiday

Bleed Greener: A Very Sustainable Christmas

With the nights getting darker and term one at its end, it is inevitable that people’s thoughts are turning towards Christmas – the food, the presents, and the celebrations. But have you ever stopped to consider the environmental impact of this widely celebrated holiday? From the perspective of sustainability, the real cost of Christmas stretches far beyond the financial implications of the day, and translates into increasing amounts of plastic waste, uneaten food, and energy consumption. While businesses and manufacturers need to accept the burden of responsibility and develop more sustainable products and packaging, there are also several things that you can do at home to have a more environmentally friendly Christmas. Continue reading Bleed Greener: A Very Sustainable Christmas

Festive Favourites: The Muppet Christmas Carol

In 1843, Charles Dickens published a novella which defined Christmas for its readers as a time for being surrounded by family and friends. With these timeless themes at the centre of its storyline, it is unsurprising that it has been adapted to film 29 times, not counting the ludicrous number of stage and TV adaptations. However, for me, there is only one definitive film adaptation, The Muppet Christmas Carol, because it would not be an accurate depiction of Victorian London without singing vegetables. Continue reading Festive Favourites: The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Life Chronicles: Bar Flies

It is late December in a pub in Dublin. Poised behind the bar, a barmaid watches her customers buzz between velvet bar stools, and neglected coats. There is a plastic clock on the wall behind her, as she waits posted in front of the array of liquors, spirits and bottles of wine. The bottles are lazily draped in pound-store tinsel. Pine needles rest upon the floor with a certain authority; the endless cycle of hoovering is no match for the green pins. The air outside turns cheeks pink and skin chapped. The bar has become a haven for restless sets of boots, and men’s frozen fingertips. A sign reads, ‘Our mulled cider is a must’. Drawing in a deep breath, she marks the beginning of her shift upon the shiny surface of the clock. Continue reading The Life Chronicles: Bar Flies

It’s the Thought that Counts: Low-Cost Secret Santa Inspiration

‘Tis the season to be poor, fellow students! Inevitably, Christmas is a very expensive time of year. There are so many people to buy for and, as a student, it’s difficult to get your nearest and dearest the wonderful presents you feel they deserve. Then there’s the Secret Santas. When it comes to Secret Santas, there are many ways you can find affordable gifts. Often, they are more about the banter than offering a long-lasting, tear-jerking gift. Here are some ideas if you are looking for some last minute inspiration! Continue reading It’s the Thought that Counts: Low-Cost Secret Santa Inspiration

Crafty Christmas Decorations on a Student Budget

Christmas is not only the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ but also the most expensive.  For students, the plethora of costs can make the difference between actual meals or solely instant noodles for seven days a week. However, one of the most magical parts of this festive season is decorating our flats and houses, without our families dictating the exact number of millimetres that have to be between each bauble on the tree. Becoming the next expert on ‘Grand Designs’ is an expensive venture though, so I’m here to help you give your home a student-friendly Christmas makeover that won’t break your bank – and that’s sustainable too! Continue reading Crafty Christmas Decorations on a Student Budget

From #ExcitableEdgar to the ‘Plug Boy’: The Best of Christmas Adverts

Thanks to the help of huge companies such as John Lewis, adverts have now become a staple of the festive period for many people. Cute animals, memorable songs and messages of friendship and unity – the recipe for Christmas advert success! Here is a list of my favourite Christmas adverts from over the past few years. Continue reading From #ExcitableEdgar to the ‘Plug Boy’: The Best of Christmas Adverts