Tips & tricks


HoHoHo! It’s that time of the year again…you know which one. Yes, it’s almost Christmas. Yay (trying to sound excited) ! I love the idea of Christmas and presents and family get-togethers. Unfortunately, I haven’t been feeling the Christmas Spirit for a few years now, and I miss it. I’ve recently found out that I’m not the only one (shocker, right?) and I decided to try a few things that might make me feel festive, even for just 5 minutes.

  1. Cooking

Tried to make Christmas cookies-did not fail. They turned out to be delicious and really easy to cook. Here’s the recipe:

-2 cups of plain flour
-1/2 tsp of baking powder
-pinch of salt
-1/2 cup of sugar
-2-3 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
-1/2 cup of butter
-1 medium egg
-1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
-zest of 1 orange
-juice of 1/2 orange

In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, cream together with the help of a mixer or whisk the egg with the sugar. After that incorporate into the egg and sugar mixture the vanilla extract, butter, honey, orange zest and juice. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixture to obtain a dough and place the dough in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill (I didn’t place them in the fridge-I was too excited.Still tasted amazing).
Preheat your oven to 190°C and line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Roll out the dough uniformly and cut cookies in a desired a shape using a cookie cutter or the back of a round glass. Place the cookies on the baking tray and bake for roughly 7-8 minutes until golden around the edges.

Feel free to decorate them!

2. Listening to Christmas Music

Spotify has some incredibly good playlists, but if you can’t use it, try YouTube. Here’s an example:


3. Watch a movie (or 100)

This one might be my favourite approach. Personal favourites:

  • Arthur Christmas ( I love it)
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (FYI, Taylor Momsen is playing Cindy Lou Who)
  • The Polar Express
  • The Santa Clause
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • It’s a wonderful life
  • The Holiday
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (I love it)


Merry (almost) Christmas!

If none of these are working, then your best chance at feeling Christmas-sy again is to have a baby [jk (not really)].

With love,

a not-so-very festive Ana


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