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Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Christmas Throwback With New Look

*Red Christmas jumper: c/o NEW LOOK

Christmas is probably my favourite time of year; I just love the atmosphere, the decorations, the lights and (naturally) the winter fashion so when New Look challenged me to write a Christmas throwback blog post around this red Christmas jumper I jumped at the chance. I've never actually owned a Christmas jumper before so I was over the moon when this super cute, super cosy one arrived on my doorstep! They used to be an embarrassment but now they're a novelty wardrobe essential for the festive season and I know I'll be wearing mine on Christmas Day along with a little paper hat out of the crackers!

As part of the Christmas throwback I decided to do a list of why Christmas was better 15 years ago as anyone who is my age and had their childhood Christmas memories in the late 90s and early noughties know just how much times have changed since then, especially those of you who, like me, have younger siblings who Santa still visits!

What Made My Childhood Christmas

1. Decorating the Christmas Tree: There was none of this matching the baubles to the home decor like we all do now (including me!) - my brother and I would just throw every decoration we could find onto the tree from tinsel to santa clause ornaments to angels and absolutely none of it matched!

2. Making random decorations at school: I'm not sure about other primary schools but I know my 7 year old sister doesn't make decorations like we used to! We made biscuits to hang on the tree, santas out of that glittery piping and we even sewed little stockings to hang up there! Those were the good old days of D&T at school..

3. Advent calenders went right up New Year's Day: These days, advent calenders are extremely stingy with their chocolate; you're lucky if you get a bigger chocolate on Christmas Eve! Back in the day, the advent calenders went right up to New Year's Day with a mini chocolate bar or giant chocolate as the last one!

4. Genuinely good Christmas songs: Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child and The Darkness...the 90s and the early noughties were home to some of the best and most original Christmas songs that are still played over and over again in our Christmas seasons today. These days the charts are rife with Cascada dance covers of the 80s classics that make us want to barf.

5. Non-X Factor Christmas number ones: Don't get me wrong, I like the X Factor and do watch it weekend after weekend in the run up to Christmas but there's no denying that it has ruined the concept of the Christmas number one. Did anyone else love that year that Rage Against The Machine beat Joe McElderry to the top spot?!

6. The classic Christmas movies: It's a well known fact that Christmas films were a hundred zillion times better in the 90s; we had The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Frost, The Muppets Christmas Carol...the list goes on. Today the Christmas films are so tame and fariy-fied (everyone knows what I mean by that right?!) that they would send me to sleep rather than get me into the Christmas spirit (except Elf. Everyone loves Elf). Where's Tim Burton when you need him?!

Well there are my top 6 reasons why Christmas was better in the 90s and noughties... a bit of a random list but I'm sure you can all relate! What made your childhood Christmasses good?

Amy x

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  1. That sweater is too adorable! I love all of the little snowmen so much.


  2. I love those photographs. So cute! I agree about X Factor ruining Christmas number ones as well!


  3. I love that sweater so much! I'm looking for one like that, and I've actually found it at sheinside.com.
    Can't wait for christmas, it's mi favorite time of the year too!

    Great post,
    Agnese's Coiffeuse ♡

  4. This post got me feeling very festive! It's great to look back - especially making decorations at school! My parents still insist we have them up, haha!
    Love your jumper by the way :)

    Style Sunrise ☀


  5. Great post! I loved the christmas movies too and the gifts. :)
    Especially when i got my first bicycle. :)


  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas and Jack Frost will always be too of my favourite Christmas films I think, I watched them over and over as a child!
    I feel so festive after reading this and seeing your lovely jumper haha (the red looks so nice on you, by the way). I can't wait to get my tree up now :)

    Louise / www.asseenonlouise.blogspot.co.uk

  7. Just reading this post put me in the Christmas mood <3 Is that you and your brother when you were kids? Weren't you just the cutest munchkins ever! p.s. Is that a Hedwig mug I spot with my little eye? Heh heh~

    She Will Be

  8. I LOVE Christmas and this has made me even more excited! Great post :)


  9. awww this is so cute!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

    ps. if you want to, enter my christmas giveaway to win £660+ worth of beauty products! click here.

  10. I love this post! & I have the same mug <3
    Holly x


  11. Adorable photos, I miss all the old school magic around Christmas too!

    Sophie x

  12. I used to love decorating the tree when I was young, I recently found out that my mum redid it when me and my sisters went to bed though! such a perfectionist ha ha

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

  13. YES to something other than X Factor being number 1, I remember when it actually used to be a bit of a surprise! Love that jumper too, so cute.

    Tweet xx

  14. I remember setting out the carrots and mince pies...one morning I came downstairs and half the carrot was eaten, crumbs everywhere, and there was a reindeer hoof print on the carpet!


  15. Such a nostalgic post, I really miss the 90's and early 00's! I think its sad that Christmas has changed so much for children these days, and I'm determined that when I have children they'll get to do all the fun arts and crafts that we used to do at home if they don't get the chance at school. xo

    LJLV | UK Personal Style

  16. I definitely agree with you, Christmas was much and by far better when we were kids!

    Your sweater and pup is so cute! :) x

  17. So cute, old christmassy photos are my favourite to look at and remember how excited I was for Father Christmas to come, ahaha!

    Infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

  18. This made me all happy for Chirstmas!
    Love the sweater and your hair is amazing!

  19. What a cute sweater! Love the photos :)
    Can't wait for Christmas!

  20. This is such a lovely post. Making decorations at school was definitely a fave for me too! I love that cute Christmas jumper!


  21. This post is so lovely, definitely got me excited for christmas!


  22. I remember when Advent calendars went up to New Year as well? Growing up is rubbish.

    I love your jumper, it's the bets kind of christmas jumper- festive but not too much of a riot!

    Em x

  23. I love the jumper. Advent calendars that went up to NY's were literally the best thing aha!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

  24. Haha I remember the good old fashioned advent calendars too, you'd get a big chocolate on Christmas day AND New Years day! xx

  25. Super fun Christmas sweater!

    xo T.

  26. You look so adorable in your christmas jumper!

    Emma at www.collagemepretty.blogspot.co.uk

  27. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.

    I really like Xmas. Sadly I never have a xmas tree, never decorated it before. It must have been fun for you. Love the season sweater too, it's pretty and comfortable looking, so cozy.

    xo Angelus / angelus-officially.blogspot.com

  28. This is such a cute little post! It has definitely got me in the mood for Christmas haha. Love the jumper too, I NEED that in my wardrobe.

    Holly | holly la beau

  29. What?? advent calendars used to go to new years day??? they should definitely bring that back!

  30. This is such a festive post! I love your christmas jumper!

    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

  31. Hi Amy! Your sweater is so cute! One of suggested topic in our campaign "Christmas with style" is different ways to style your Christmas sweater, so if you are interested in writing a guest post for our community (about 10K) you're welcome!


  32. This post is so cute! Can't wait to start my Christmas posts! Eeek!

    Becca x


  33. I'm looking for one like that, and I've actually found it at sheinside.com.
    Can't wait for Christmas, it's mi favorite time of the year too!
    theatre ornaments


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