#Blogmas Pagan Inspired Gift Suggestions for Yule

This week is #UKCharityWeek, and today I share a few extra special Christmas shopping suggestions that benefit our national heritage. I am talking about the charity organisation English Heritage, who maintain and curate many of our historic buildings and sites of cultural interest. These include the popular pagan destination, Stonehenge, and what better gift for your pagan friends than a Stonehenge Summer Meadow Scented Candle?

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Candles are a brilliant gift idea for anyone. Not only do they help light up a dark room, set a romantic and peaceful mood with their gentle glow, and clear out unpleasant smells with their fragrance, but many pagans will use them in spell work and celebration. I use candles to cleanse the energy in my home, and will choose particular colours and scents depending on what I feel is required. I love the look of these Rhubarb and Raspberry Scented Tealights  to set the mood on Christmas Day.

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And how about these zesty Lime Blossom Scented Tealights? They are perfect for your New Year’s Eve party, lifting and enhancing the mood for excitement and celebration. When all the festivities are over and we need to unwind, we could try these delicate Honey Lily Scented Tealights to clear out any lingering food and alcohol smells, and soothe our tired minds as we prepare for a return to everyday life after the Christmas Holidays.

 

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#JoytotheWorld Christingle Church Service

It may surprise you to read about my visit to our local church, since this is the blog of the pagan housewife. There are people in our communities who identify as pagan Christians, however, since paganism was simply an ancient form of worship before Christianity came to the UK all those centuries ago. Indeed, Christianity and paganism mingled and wove together many of the popular festivals that we are familiar with today, and now we are fortunate in that we can openly celebrate those that feel right to the individual.

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So it was that last weekend I accompanied my elder daughter and our young neighbour to our local CofE church, St Michael and All Angels church in Middlewich. I love the congregation in this church, and indeed, many of them are my friends from the school yard and various parent/child groups that I have attended in recent years. It became a regular habit for a while to visit the church café for soup and a sandwich every Tuesday after our weekly visit to the library’s Rhymetime session. I find the clergy and churchgoers very warm, welcoming and friendly in our town, and they always make me feel better when I visit.

We attended the annual Christingle service at the weekend. This is a children’s celebration, where we put a candle into an orange and embellish the fruit with sweets stuck on cocktail sticks. My impression is that this represents our way to opening our hearts, lighting up the world, and sharing the fruits of our love and understanding to fellow humans and animals. When we had decorated the fruit, lit our candles, and formed a semi-circle inside the church, I certainly felt the power and energy that flowed from each one of us in that sacred building. It filled me, it made me feel happy, it even made me feel emotional, such was the intensity of magic that was created during that Christingle service. #JoytotheWorld!

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#Blogmas Competition! Win a FREE 1 Hour Psychic Reading

Christmas is a very strange time of year for many people. While the world seems to revolve around manic present buying, party planning, meal preparation and house decorating, some of us feel sad and out of sorts. We find the time to think about the year that has passed, and sometimes we need a little help and guidance to move forward and make sense of our feelings.

If you are one of these people, and you would like some spiritual guidance, I am pleased to share this amazing competition. You can win a FREE 1 Hour Psychic Reading courtesy of Psychic Light. All you need to do is click this link, read the entry details, fill in the online form and there you go, one competition entry complete! May you find the guidance and peace that you so desperately need, and remember it is OK to feel vulnerable. We all need a little help sometimes. Simply ask, and you will find what you need.

The competition closes at midnight on 19th December 2016. Check back on the Psychic Light website or on their Twitter or Facebook pages, to see the winner announcement. Have a merry Christmas, whatever your current situation in life.

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Christmas Party Dress from… Oxfam!

I am in love with charity shops! Most of my clothes are now second hand, and I even set myself a challenge to try and do the bulk of my Christmas shopping this year in charity shops and on websites like eBay. I love the idea of finding clothes that other people might have given up or got bored of, so you know you won’t have any embarrassing moments when you find someone at the party wearing the same dress or outfit.

Now, I do have a preferred style. I am a little Goth girl at heart, but I also love colour, and I have a bit of a thing for leopard print. It brings out my wild side! Imagine my delight when I found this gorgeous Miss Selfridge Jade Leopard Print Embossed Velvet Cocktail Dress. It is an unusual colour, the style is quirky and it looks comfortable, it is one of my favourite tactile fabrics, and it is leopard print!

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One thing I love to do at Christmas is bring out the sequins, and the silver sparkle. Well, I like to sparkle at any time of year, but even more so at Christmas. This cute little Silver Sequin Cocktail Dress is very sparkly, and an absolute bargain at just £9.99.

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And, finally, I found the perfect LBD to satisfy both my inner Goth, and my inner style queen personality. I really liked the look of this Jet Black Sweetheart Chiffon Velvet Dress. Timeless classic design, my favourite velvet, can be worn with colour pop shoes and bag for a twist, and is a bargain price. Excellent!

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The Christmas List for Santa Claus

We are in the early days of #Blogmas, and today our mission is to put up the Christmas Tree and decorations at home. I have spent the week tidying and cleaning in preparation, as you do. Anyway, we seem to be progressing quite well with our festive plans, considering we are only just into December.

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My daughters have already visited Santa Claus to make their requests for gifts. They both showed great restraint and only asked him for one toy each. My eldest daughter, who is almost 6, asked for a pink Vtech DigiGo. This is a mobile phone style toy, where you can download Vtech approved apps, and set up a messaging service between the DigiGo phone, and other android phones. My daughter saw it advertised on TV, and this is all she wants. Well, at least for now!

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Our younger daughter, who is 3, was slightly easier to please. She wants an “Ariel mermaid doll that goes in the bath.” Very cute, but we had no idea what doll she was talking about, since we have only seen the soft bodied versions on the internet and in catalogues. I did a more thorough search, and I found what I hope is the doll she requested. I will have a little chat with Santa Clause myself, I think, before the big day… What is on the wish lists for your children this year? Do you buy into the hype, or not?

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Inside Lock 72 of the Trent and Mersey Canal, Middlewich

Last weekend we took a trip down a long flight of metal steps, and descended into the bowels of a lock on our local canal. It was Lock 72 of the Trent and Mersey canal, to be precise, where it passes through Middlewich. The Canal and River Trust have closed off a section of canal and drained the water out, so that they can replace the worn, wooden lock gates. We were invited to step inside the lock chamber, where we learned a bit about the 200-year history of the canal system, and could view the chamber from the ground up. It was awesome, to say the least.

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I didn’t get to hear what our guide was saying, because I was distracted with our children, who had great fun splashing in a puddle along the length of the canal basin. But I did appreciate the beauty of the rough stone walls, and how it looked from below. There is a certain atmosphere around the canal that is both spooky and exciting. I felt a deep connection with the spirits of those who had passed through this lock during the past two centuries, and it was a warm feeling despite the cold weather.

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Although I am not native to Middlewich, and have only lived here for almost ten years, I feel a sense of home in this town. It was partly the canal and the river that confirmed my place when our estate agent suggested properties to view back when my husband (then fiancé) and I decided to move from Manchester. I want to raise our children with an understanding of the town’s heritage, because it is now their heritage, and when an opportunity arises to explore a place that is normally inaccessible, we jump at the chance. Lock 72 was a wonderful exploration, and one that will remain a fond memory for our daughters as they grow up.

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Quirky Christmas Shopping from Dickies

I know there are lots of people who are struggling to find just the right gift for that fussy friend or relative. I don’t mean fussy in the literal sense. I mean the person who just doesn’t bother with Christmas or birthdays, and probably wouldn’t notice either way if you gave them a gift or not. People like my husband, for example. He simply isn’t interested, and yet he does like to receive gifts and partake in the opening of presents with our children on Christmas morning. So, what can I get for him?

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Obviously, I am not going to share specific examples, just in case he is reading this post (hello, Daniel!) But I do have a quirky suggestion for the workaholic in your life, or the small business owner. Try the Dickies website, for hardworking workwear. I can think of many candidates within my close circles, and I already have ideas for what sort of clothes and accessories they might like to receive.

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If you look at the Dickies website, you will see that they offer all sorts of practical gift solutions for the tradesperson, plumber, electrician, manual labourer, outdoorsy type that is in your life. And it’s not just for men, although I guess they are the target audience. I know a few women who would also appreciate some of the clothes and accessories from this website.

I also have a fabulous special offer to share with you for the Dickies website. You can receive an additional 7% off all orders with Code: DS7XX, valid until 31st December. Don’t forget there’s FREE UK Delivery on orders over £50 and FREE UK next day delivery on orders over £75.

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Merry #Blogmas! Let the Festivities Begin

December has arrived, and what’s this? I am posting on a Thursday? Oh yes! I have decided to try and participate in #Blogmas this year. It basically means I will post at least once every day on my blog until Christmas Day. Phew! I must be mad! I am mad, or at least, a little crazy after the challenge of #NaNoWriMo in November (I won that one, by the way).

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You might not see much deep, intellectual prose on my blog throughout December. Truthfully, I will most likely be excited, hyperactive and generally embracing my inner child, but we will see what flows when my Muse is released… Speak to you tomorrow!

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The Ice Queen, Mother Nature, Visits Our Town

My daughters are absolutely obsessed with the Disney movie, Frozen. I know it has been around for a couple of years, but they still adore it, and will not watch anything else. So, you can imagine their delight and excitement when we set out for a walk last weekend, and discovered that everything was frozen and covered in ice. We were visiting an open day at one of the locks on the canal that runs through our town. More about that later. We soon discovered the awesome sight of trees, bushes, flowers and berries all coated in a sparkling layer of powdery ice, glittering in the winter sun. It was beautiful!

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My elder daughter and I stopped to explore the sights of the frozen wonderland around us. We found huge cobwebs that had been frozen solid and coated with ice crystals. They looked exquisite, and I can see how the seasons, and nature, influence so much fine art and jewellery design. These cobwebs were magnificent to behold, and there were long trails of them that had been frozen and decorated as they hung between skeletal branches.

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I was especially enamoured with the sight of wild berries that had been frozen overnight. Their pale pink flesh had taken on a sparkling, icy texture, and they made my mouth water to look at. I didn’t want to disturb them, however, because they looked so beautiful. Similarly, I thought that the sight of bright pink petals against a white, icy backdrop was spectacular, as were the green leaves that had been edged in frost and looked like they had been dipped in icing sugar, such was the texture. Despite the freezing temperatures, it was a delightful walk.

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Shopping for the Children at Christmas

December is fast approaching, where we descend into Christmas chaos and everybody goes a little bit crazy. My children are feeling festive after a weekend where we saw the annual Christmas light switch-on in our home town, and we visited Santa Claus in his grotto on the St Luke’s charity bus. It is becoming a Green family tradition, and I love it!

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Now my attention is turning to Christmas shopping. Being a frugal family, we like to think that we don’t buy into the hype, pun intended. We do, however, like to give presents to our children and close family and friends. I plan to do as much shopping as possible in local charity shops, but there are some things that I must source elsewhere, like the V-Tech Digigo that my elder daughter has requested from Santa Claus. Yes, my husband’s wallet is screaming as we speak!

Anyway, I am pleased to have a special discount offer to share with my blog friends. Read on for details, and please do share far and wide it you think of someone who could make use of it. Let’s all share a happy and frugal Christmas!

Offer: An EXTRA 10% Off when you spend £25 or more at WHSmith.co.uk*

Promo code: BLACK2016

End Date: 11.59pm Tuesday 29th November 2016

Terms and Conditions

An Extra 10% off when you spend £25 or more at WHSmith.co.uk – offer ends at 23.59 on Tuesday 29th November 2016. Offer valid online only. To qualify for this offer, add your products to your basket and enter promotion code BLACK2016. The £25 spend level is the total order value excluding delivery charges and after all other discounts have been applied. 10% discount will show in the basket and is only valid once per transaction. The following products are excluded from this offer: gift cards, tokens & vouchers, Magazine Subscriptions, Royal Mail postage stamps, Kobo eReaders and eBooks. Offer subject to availability. No cash alternative. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other online promotion codes.

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