Well, it’s that time of year rolling around again Beach Cottage people….let’s get ourselves all twinkled up… I am one who loves Christmas, I love the sparkle, the magic, the food and the celebration.
One of my favourite favourite things to do at Christmas time is treat myself to the Christmas mags to add to my collection…Christmas home magazines are the ones that I cherish and I have a lovely stash of them now…I am building up a good lot of Aussie ones to look back at every year and the French ones make my heart race just a little teensy tiny bit when I go back and flick through them as, in my exciting life, my head begins to fill with all things festive.
This year is no different to what I do every year…I have been waiting for the Christmas issues to come out and as ever they are good, so sooooo good, lots of titles seem to be on fire this year, funny how it goes like that, I am particularly enjoying two, one of them being the one you see above…Real Living.
So, many moons ago, when babes were small and things were less droopy, I read in a newspaper about a woman who turned her home into a magical Christmas Cottagey Wonderland every year and opened it up to the village and any passer-by with pretty things for sale, mugs of mulled wine and plenty of mince pies.
She told of her many little Christmas traditions in this article, how it was her special time to treat herself, indulge in what she loved and celebrate her life….she told of rituals like eating boxes of Belgian chocs by the fire, heading to a country house for a Christmas outing and preparing special foods that were not seen at other times of the year.
Hmmm, it made me think I so needed to do the same in my life, rather than running around like a headless chicken in malls and shopping centres, whining on about how busy I was….rather I needed to sit back from all of that and make it a special time for me…make up easy little traditions that didn’t take much time (with littlies I didn’t have bundles of that) or be too hard on the budget that I had to think about them too much.
And so I dreamed up a few silly things – sharing a box of chocs, some bubbly and a present with the lovely Mr BC on Christmas Eve once the kiddos were all tucked up in bed, a Christmas trip to the beach (yes this was probably a tad on the odd side when not only did one live quite a fair distance from the beach but one also had to wear a snow suit to get out of the car), having mulled wine bubbling on the stove, a Christmas bath (yes really with glittery sprinkles in with the bubbles & Bing in the background plus some special pjs) and my favourite…an expedition for the purchasing of The Christmas Magazines.
And all of those silly little, rose-tinted rituals are still very much adhered to in this old cottage on the other side of the world …funny how changing the way you think about something makes all seem sweeter – those sweet rituals I did quietly for myself, that didn’t cost much money, made all the headless chicken stuff a whole lot more bearable.
…and the Christmas Magazines Tradition is one that I look forward to every year – in those days I rugged up, got a coffee and headed off to the newsagent all ready to get back home, snuggle up on the sofa and dive right on in.
But when I came to Australia the tradition got a bit of a twist….nowadays my Christmas magazines are sun-kissed and instead of getting rugged up, I grab a basket, a towel and a coffee, get the magazines and head down to my favourite (and secret, mostly known only to locals) beach. And if not long enough there, the whole affair moves to out on the deck, on an Adirondack nicely helped along with a glass of Pimms or my bedroom, polka dots ready, lights on, as the sun goes down.
One year, while I was knee-deep in Christmas house envy, ensconced in the white sofa, surrounded by twinkly white fairy lights and candles one of those flyer inserts fell out of the magazine, I picked it up, saw the offer and thought to myself what a good idea that would be for a new little tradition…a treat to myself at Christmas-time that golly, lasted the whole year?
Now blow me down with a feather, a subscription to a magazine to hit my letterbox every single month, man that would rock!
And the more I thought of it the more I believed that gosh, wouldn’t some of my friends like to receive the same thing too?
And so a new Beach Cottage Christmas tradition was born…the yearly subscription to a fave magazine, I’ve already done it for next year, sooooo looking forward to receiving it….it’s all too easy, saves me about half, so good for my budget, but the best thing for me is later on, in the depths of February when all things festive are long forgotten, when the postie goes past and pops in my post box at the end of the drive a brand spanking new fresh off the press magazine – I run…I don’t care about my pj’s or bed hair, pop the kettle on, scoot down there like a woman possessed, make the tea, grab a jug of flowers, head to the nearest Adirondack, pop on my rose-tinted specs and lose myself for a read and a delve into dressed up tables, pillowscaped sofas, 65 ways to foof my bed and gardens that make me sigh.
And so if you are looking to treat yourself to a rather special secret little Christmas gift this year, this is the place to get a great price on magazines…plus there is a fantabulous prize on offer if you subscribe (hello Airstream, hello!), also there is International shipping on these Aussie titles, which, from my inbox I know many of you would love
….and if you have a special someone in your life that you want to treat for Christmas then I highly recommend a gift from here that will last all year…(you may also secretly watch them running down to their post box in their pj’s without any make up on, take a photo and threaten to post it to instagram, that is your prerogative )
…oh and if any of you would like to include me as that special someone in your life, I don’t have many friends who like me enough to buy me a magazine subscription, so I would be more than happy to oblige.
Yours in all things treating yourself at Christmas
What are your favourite magazines? Do you treat yourself to a subscription? I do! Do you love to snuggle up with your favourite mag?
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