A COLOURFUL LIFE · THE ART OF HAPPINESS

My 10 Favourite Christmas Presents

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“You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.”

– Brad Garrett

I was absolutely spoilt present-wise this year.

It was marvellous.

All the usual things – books, perfume, socks – but also some delightful little surprises – a 2017 planner, a makeup box, a watch.

My personal favourite would have to be The Ladybird Book of Dating from my cousin, with the opening line of:

“Dating is a fun way of meeting someone who is as terrified of dying alone as you are.”

We had a lot of fun reading through this book at the dining table.

1.) Julie sent me this 2017 planner in the post, which is absolutely ideal because I do like to write a little plan for each day, and I have about 10 different lists that can now all go into one planner (Y’know; to-do’s, goals, books-to-read…)

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2.) A really quite generous make-up box from my Tita Ruth. – This woman has been spoiling me with makeup and nail polishes since I was three years old. I literally thought to myself the other day I’d love to experiment more with eyes-shadows and voila, 100 different new shades arrive on my doorstep.

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3.) Dove Washbag from my lovely Aunty Lalaine.

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4. Insta-Coasters from Mum.

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5.) Bamboo-socks from my Aunty and ordinary-socks-in-a-Borrower-sized-jumper from Mum

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6.)Awesome Secret Garden Colouring Book from Hannah (read all about this wonderful woman right here).

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7.)These books are easily the two most hilarious books I’ve ever been given.

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8.) This was a gift to me, just because I liked it and I’d been standing in the queue in Clintons for over ten minutes. It now holds my embroidery threads.

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9.) This was originally bought for Maia, but she has so many soft toys already, I didn’t think she’d even notice if I kept it/her/him-(haven’t quite decided yet). I don’t have soft toys in my bed – they get in the way- but I just like putting it/her/him on my pillow after making my bed in the morning. img_0514img_0515

10.) This one I really was not expecting. My thirteen year old cousin Joe is a sweetheart. Again, I remember thinking a few weeks ago; I really ought to get myself a watch, it would look nice and I’d certainly feel more like a grown-up. – And boom; weeks later; a new watch. – It also has a calculator, a stopwatch and a camera.

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“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”

– Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur

 

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