Merry Christmas and Thank You to those who kept 2016 going when the world went to shit!

The decorations are hung, the fireplace roars (ok well the electric fan whirls round a bit). Glitter now adorns every flat surface and the final prep for the onslaught of family, friends and frivolities has officially begun. All that’s left for me to do now is not kill my family when I feed them this year.  

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A New Year, A More Effective Me!

I was told recently by my optician that ‘I made things so easy.’ Now to some this might sounds like an assault on my character (trust me it wasn’t, I’m not *that* kind of easy), it was however a compliment to my attitude and organisation of life. Which got me thinking. I love finding new ways to simplify my life, I quite often watch motivational videos and listen to podcasts on organisation and simplicity, but for me I also like to be firmly in control of my life and my time as well as have everything in ordered whilst staying as laid back as humanly possible. There’s an inner conflict right there! What better way to share this with you all than a little post about my top tips for making your own life a little easy every day.

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Alles wat ik wil voor Kerstmis is dat je!

Over on the Dutch Review I have shared my ultimate Dutch Christmas Song Playlist. Its harder than it looks to find Christmas tunes that aren’t in English but I’ve come up with 5 favourites to get you in the spirit for festive cheer and other office party based frivolities.

So move over Mariah! Bog off Bing Crosby! Sayonara Shakin’ Stevens! Piss off the Pogues. Copping off in the stationary cupboard or photocopying various body parts is still optional at your Office Christmas Party but here are some of my favourites that you should have on your playlist.  

So crack out the Advocaat and fill your face with Kerstkransjes  and let’s get this party started!

 5. Kling klokje klingelingeling

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A children’s song that is as catchy as it is angelic. ‘Klingelingeling’ translating to ‘bell ringing’ in English is a song about a clock counting down to Christmas. Loved by the masses and sang by 5 year olds everywhere Kling Klokke Klingelingeling comes in at Nummer 5!

 

4. Marco Borsato – Kerstmis

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There is magic, there is fake snow, there is Marco. Such a powerfully festive recipe right there. It’s a feel good movie song and they basicailly shout Christmas on nearly every other line of the song and I am totally fine with that.

 

3. De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig & Katja – Ho Ho Ho

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Get that grove on and feel Hip this festive season. Think The Fresh Prince, its 90s Hip Hop style and who doesn’t love a bit of rap every now and then?! Get those shoulders bouncing and be a Kerstballer with the rest of us! Ho Ho Ho is my nummer 3.

2. Nick & Simon – Vrolijk Kerstfeest

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They are sickly sweet and devilishly handsome Nick en Simon always make it on to any of my Dutch singers’ lists. . This countrified tune will have your foot tapping and hips swaying from the intro. Be it the bells or just the tune Vrolijk Kerstfeest has got me right in the mood and comes in at nummer 2!

 1. De Toppers met Een heel gelukkig kerstfeest!

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One of the first Dutch Christmas Songs I ever heard and learnt. It’s a tune that never leaves me throughout the Christmas period and the video to this one from Toppers is like the most cliché Christmas party ever. I hope my attempt at hosting family this Christmas plays out like this! That’s why Een heel gelukkig Kerstfeest just has to be my nummer 1!

 

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To sing us out I’m going to leave you with the Helemaal Hollands’ Kerstmedley which has all of your favourite tacky Christmas songs to get you in the spirit of Christmas and have you dancing round like a buffoon in a festive sweater. I could have left you with the fabulous Simone Kleinsma’s Kerstmedley   but that felt far too sophisticated.

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#100HappyDaysMVS Day 22-36

Its been a busy two weeks hasn’t it! I think I may be a few days behind at the moment but fun speed ahead to catch up!

Don’t forget you can still join in on instagram!

 


 

Previously on #100HappyDaysMVS:

Day 1-5

Day 6-11

Day 12-15

Day 16-21

Twelve Days of Christmas – The last one – This Christmas

 

To quote the wonderful Miss Leona Lewis:

5 more nights of sleeping on my own
4 more days until you’re coming home
3 more wishes I can barely breathe
If I can make it to Christmas Eve then it’s one more sleep

Not only have we made it to Christmas week but we’ve made it to the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge. I’d like to thank Steph for introducing this too me, I have loved reading all of your posts and would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Gosh, what am I looking forward to this year. I haven’t really given it much thought to it being so busy with one thing and another which is why, as lame as this is going to sounds, I’m looking forward to having a open diary this christmas. I haven’t have the 2(ish) week holiday for Christmas since I was 14. Having worked weekends and occasional week nights since I was 15 I have always been working at Christmas. Currently I work in an office which does close for the holiday but until last year I have always worked in retail which NEVER shuts and reluctantly does so on Christmas day. So this year, I am going to very much enjoy closing the office door on the 21st and not darkening the door step until the New Year!

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