Why I hate Elf on The Shelf!!!

Hey readers,

What I am going to write in this post may divide opinion but it is only my opinion so don’t get too distressed if you’re a fan of the old Elf on The Shelf. I am not, lol so I am going to tell you why.

If you haven’t heard of Elf of Shelf let me give you a quick explanation about this popular trend at Christmas time. It is an Elf that is sent from Santa to check up on children to see if they are being naughty or nice. It derived from America from a story that was written in 2005.

Parents go out and buy an Elf toy (if you buy the book there is one with it) and every day from the 1st of December right up to Christmas parents will bring old Elf when the kids are in bed and place him around in the home in different locations each day. Another addition to this phenomena some parents even add presents with the Elf to reward the child for being good.

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The idea of encouraging children to behave because the Elf is watching them can potentially encourage children to be deceitful and hide their behaviour in order to get rewards.

Pain in the bum.

The thought of having to think of new and creative ways for the Elf is hard work especially in December as it tends to be one of the busiest months of the year.  There is the pressure to buy all the products that are attached to Elf on the Shelf and just encourages consumerism. Not to mention the pressure on Social Media to outdo friends or acquaintances with what the elf has been up to.


There is nothing more creepy then knowing an Elf is watching you all the time and is knocking about at your home. Why do we need to make children feel they are being watched I much prefer to give my boys the trust in doing the right thing. Not to mention giving them the feeling that they have the respect of their own privacy without thinking that an Elf is constantly watching them.


I have seen many fails on Youtube regarding Elf on The Shelf and one of the themes that made me question the whole idea of the Elf is the sheer anxiety and distress that it causes children. Some children have a fear of toys that come alive, especially if they have seen them in movies such as Toy Story.

The Elf can cause some children to be petrified in case they have done something bad and will get punished. Where it could simply be the case that they have done a mistake and that it was not intentional. They may feel paranoid and cause more distress, it may trigger them to be anxious when they really don’t need to be,  bearing in my mind that The Elf on The Shelf lasts most of December.


It is common knowledge that sometimes the best way to learn is through mistakes, but this stops children learning through making things right when they are simple but on the naughty list. They don’t get that opportunity to learn and grow as a person.

So, there you have it, that is why I hate Elf on The Shelf.

Cheers for reading X

My top 10 Christmas songs

Hey readers,

I have compiled a playlist of my favourite Christmas songs to get you dancing around that Christmas tree. I love a bit of everything from Jazz, to hip-hop to even 80s (of course has to be done doesn’t). So grab a mince pie and enjoy.

Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea.

My favourite Christmas song EVER is Driving home for Christmas by Chris Rea. I just think it is a really beautiful voice and that sense of love to it, makes me smile and feel all googly inside.

Let It Snow – Dean Martin.

I love jazz music when its Christmas time, it just feels classy and a bit like your got to sh*t together. It just has the right collection of notes. Dean Martin’s voice just captures Christmas for me and it makes me think of fires and all the jazz (excuse the pun there).

Winter Wonderland – Frank Sinatra.

My favourite Jazz singer has to be Frankie baby with this classic of Winter Wonderland. it is a perfect compliment when wrapping presents and decorating the Christmas tree.

Baby, it’s Cold Outside – Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews.

Let’s move along in time to the late ’90s with this amazing duet from Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews. It is checky, it is fun what more could you want.

Merry Christmas – Mel and Kim.

I can not miss out in adding an 80’s classic in my Christmas song wish list with this timeless song that you definitely hear. It is, of course, Merry Christmas by Mel and Kim. You know this a fun pop song and you be guaranteed to want to sing along to it.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year – Andy Williams.

A beaut of a song is this is one of the most popular songs of Andy Williams with it’s the most wonderful time of year. What a credible voice and perfect to add to anyone’s Christmas playlist.

Merry Christmas I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight – The Ramones.

Now I have picked something a little alternative and not such a popular Christmas track. It is a song by The Ramones called Merry Christmas I don’t want to fight tonight. I like this track because it is got a raw edge to it and a bit more realistic regards to the pressures of family life at Christmas. Let’s face there is a lot of pressure whether it is financial or whatever it can take its toll.

The Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth) – Bing Crosby featuring David Bowie.

A beautiful duet with David Bowie and Bing Crosby. To think a glam rocker and a crooger could work so well but it did and thank goodness it was released because it is brilliant!

Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto – James Brown.

Now we are moving on to a bit of soul with the Godfather of soul James Brown. If you ain’t tapping along with this one what is wrong with you, it is upbeat and full of funk with a mix of Christmas blended in.

Christmas in Hollies – RUN-DMC.

For a fun and one you want to turn the volume up is Run DMC with Christmas in hollies, for of awesome Christmas raps to get you in the spirit of Christmas.

Cheers for reading X

Best Christmas apps.

Hey readers,

Who doesn’t love a good app to get you distracted and something to play with that is new. Here are my top Christmas apps that get you excited for the festive period.

Christmas Countdown 2018.

If your really excited for Christmas a suitable Christmas app for you would be Christmas countdown. You get to chose from several different Christmas background themes including the likes of Santa, snowman or many other symbolic Christmas things. There is also Christmas music played on the countdown screen along with the option of falling snow. The best bit about this app is that it doesn’t include ads.

NORAD Tracks Santa.

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NORAD Tracks Santa is a great app for kids as you can watch Santa travel across the world (from New Zealand to San Francisco and many more places) on Christmas Eve which will help children get excited for Christmas.

Live Christmas Tree Lights.

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If you like to jazz up your mobile phone wallpaper with moving snow and has twinkly lights then this app is the one for you. There is many different Christmas themed wallpaper to get your phone all Christmassy.

A call from Santa Claus!

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Ever get sick of the children misbehaving? I have a short-term solution to the run-up to Christmas with the Santa Christmas call. Adults personalise the call beforehand with the name of the child and what they have done well this year and then can set the timer for the phone to call say in four minutes making it feel authentic for the child. Then the call and the child has the press the green phone symbol to answer. Once answered Santa starts talking about the child and the things he is doing. Lasts a couple of minutes but children get really delighted by this one.


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Zedge is a ringtone and message sounds app with a database of so many different types of ringtones and messages sounds they have covered especially with Christmas related sounds, with having festive ringtones such as Wizzard – I wish it could be Christmas every day.

Christmas Photo Frame.


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A fun way to jazz up your pictures is to add a bit of Christmas magic to them with this app has festive frames – you can put stickers with hats on to your pictures, or you can have festive quotes or even falling snow. This app has it covered for editing your photos to vamp up with a Christmas feel to them.

Christmas Radio.

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Are you looking for some Christmas music to play when your decorating your tree or making your mince pies then checkout Christmas radio as it is an app dedicated to Christmas radio channels? This app has a grand total of 29 channels! There is so much choice from calm Christmas tunes to classical music, this app has it covered all in one place. Another positive about this app is that you can play it in the background of your phone and still serve the net.

Do you have a favourite Christmas app that I haven’t covered that you rate highly? Love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Cheers for reading X

What to write in Christmas cards

Hey readers,

It can be hard to think of things to write on Christmas cards to friends and family. So I have a selection of texts that you can use and I have picked a mixture of different categories, enjoy!

General Message.

* Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May you be surrounded by all the things that bring Christmas cheer.

* Hoping you can feel love, joy, and peace this Christmas season.

* Keep Christmas a time of celebration and love. Don’t let Christmas become a chore. Don’t let Christmas bring strife to your home.

* Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays.

* Have a lovely Christmas and a fantastic new year!

* Happy Christmas! Merry wishes and Santa kisses!

* “We hope Father Christmas brings you all you’ve asked for!”

* “Tis the season! Wishing you peace, joy, and love!”

* “Have a magical holiday!”

* We want to send our warm wishes to let you know we are thinking of you this Christmas.


* Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . .means a little bit more!’ Dr Seuss.

* One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books. from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

* Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind. Mary Ellen Chase.One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. Andy Rooney.

* I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. Harlan Miller.

* Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale.

* I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. Thomas S. Monson.

* Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge.

* Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. – Peg Bracken.

Funny and offensive.

* Merry f%#@ing Christmas.

* I think Santa should hire giants instead of elves so that he can have a faster production of gifts.

* Rudolph has a red nose because he is drunk.

* I would say all I want for Christmas is YOU, But I really would love a new credit card as well!

* Christmas (noun) – The only time of year in which one can sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of socks.

* Merry kiss my ass!

* If you rustle my Brussels and pull my cracker, i’ll jingle your jangles and stuff your turkey.

* When I think about you I touch my elf.

* It’s beginning to feel like a lot like…fuck this!

* I tried to think of the perfect thing to write in your card. Then I realized that I’ll never reach perfection, so I’ll just be honest. I’ve got nothing.

Cheers for reading X

The best Christmas memes!

Hey readers,

Christmas is upon on us and you know what puts you in a festive mood???? Of course, good old Christmas meme to make toy smirk or nod along.

Frosty the snowman.


This hilarious light heart carton is every but perfection. Although if frosty the snowman sows melt I am sure there would be some darkly funny about Santa tripping up in the pool and smashing his head. (Oops I have just leaked some of my dark thoughts, lol).

Haters going hate.


whats better than a pug dressed up in a cute Christmas outfit… That’s right a pug with a whole lotta sass!

Batman, you did what?!

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Poor for years not ha have been the bits.of the joke that he needs some therapy to get over his anxiety about what people think of him.

Dwight Schrute.


Nothing brings me more happiness. a Dwight Schrute (The Office Us) meme he sums up society perfectly. apparently, the moment the hand hits midnight on the 1st of November it instantly turns to Christmas. Just look at the shop’s bang goes pumpkins and it is all about the tinsel!

The Rock.


This has to be my all time favourite meme. Of course, The Rock rocking around the Christmas tree. A meme + a pun= perfection.

The Grumpy Cat.


Oh, I have a special place for The Grumpy Cat he is the true grinds of Christmas. How can you not like a sweet looking cat that is so grumpy he will claw tour eyes out.



This meme sums up the aftermath of Christmas and when you put your tree down. That strange empty feeling and that bizarre thought of how your room looks so much bigger when a massive tree has vanished.

Rudolph the red nose reindeer!


You mock Rudolph he will show you what he is made of. Be warned and stop singing about his misfortune or much next time you will hear a bang!



Now I know what to put in Christmas cards to be people that p**s me off. Nothing is worse than glitter everywhere, ugh!

Mariah Carey.


Why is it that Mariah Christmas hit permanently plays and is always on in shops, grrrrr.



because you know it is all about the family especially at Christmas when we all stick together.

Cheeky Santa.


Apparently, he is a bad Santa and loves nothing better than smoking and leaving a special present for the families he delivers too.



you know since having children you need to be a shareholder in Durrell. I am sure most parents have learnt the art of cheeky ripping out the batteries of the loudest toys ever. I would call this one of the most valuable parent lessons you need to learn during parenthood.

Would you like cream with that dear?


I do love a filthy meme that makes me laugh due to its rudeness. this is a cracking one and no more words are needed.

Judge McClaus.


Oh, the irony of Santa having the easy life of working one day a year and the rest he sits back and watches and makes a judgement.

Cheers for reading X

Top 5 Christmas movies

Hey readers,

Can you believe we are in December already, so in honour of Christmas I have picked my favourite Christmas movies to get you feeling all festive?

The Grinch.

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What can a say it is an adapt from Dr Seuss’s class book The Grinch who is a green hairy fellow who hates Christmas. he hates it so much he goes to the town where he lives and nicks pretty much everyone’s presents, decorations and food. Of course, when Christmas day arrives everyone appears unhappy because everything Christmas related has gone, however, they learn to still have a jolly good time together. So, what happens to the Grinch and all the presents? well, I let you watch and find out.

The nightmare before Christmas.

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Another classic animation movie by Tim Burton. This one was my favourite one as a child and now it is my youngest favourite. It involves Jack Skellington bored and a bit meh with the whole Halloween scene decides to take on the role of Father Christmas. Problem is it all goes belly up as he is not Santa nor does he have the required skills to take on the role of the big guy. We soon learn about why it is important to be happy with what you have. Rather dark and not too sickly sweet either and I have to say the soundtrack to the film top notch as well.

The Snowman.

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I had to include, didn’t I? Timeless classic! Involved a boy making a snowman in his backyard on Christmas Eve. Then when everyone is in bed he comes alive, of course, the boy wakes up to discover the magical process. Then the snowman takes the boy on a magical ride through the valleys and towns. Really beautiful illustrations and it doesn’t involve words other than the song ‘walking in the air’. Another thing is that it is not long probably about half an hour max which is perfect for little ‘uns who get itchy feet.

Bad Santa.

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I love Bad Santa as it is really funny and a little bit cheeky as well. So the gist of the story is these two con men try robbing a store on Christmas Eve. They do this by posing as Father Christmas and his little helper the elf at the local shopping centre. Of course, Father Christmas is an alcoholic and it is fair to say he is not the best with children. A lot of events occur to keep you amused and the plan to rob a place doesn’t go all that well.

Father Christmas.

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From the same author (Raymond Briggs) who wrote The Snowman turns another book into an adapt called Father Christmas. This is a tale about Father Christmas what normally gets up to before and the lead up to Christmas. Apparently, he lives in a house on a normal street, just like a lot of people in England. He also is depicted as being a little grumpy and not the jolly good fellow that is depicted by adults, lol. Really lighthearted and enjoyable for all the family to enjoy. A fun fact about this film Father Christmas says BLOOMING 72 times no less!

Cheers for reading X