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December 22, 2014

Life | Holiday Cheer

This is the most wonderful time of the year for good reason, dolls. Merriment is in the air, parties are in abundance and so are the sweets - No wonder its my favorite season! As soon as December rolls in, I add in my Christmas carols to regular listening, keep thinking about delectable Christmas sweets in an indefinite loop and I double up on sparkle, even on my nails.

Today, I'm talking about bringing in the holiday cheer and how to have yourself a merry little Christmas.

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First things first, the decor.
The most obvious place to start with would be with a Christmas tree, decked in lights for a festive touch. For a work station, you could even try a tinier tree with baubles like tinsel and ornaments. And while we're on festivities at the workplace, make sure you whip up a quickie game of Secret Santa if you aren't playing yet.

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Not only are stars a treasured Christmas symbol from the time a glowing star led the way to the manger but they add such a lovely touch to any surrounding when lit up outdoors in the nights.

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While the holiday has commercialized so much over the years, the real sanctity of it lies in a crib. As a child, I've spent an ample number of holidays crafting shrubbery and polishing statues for crib competitions. A reenactment of the nativity scene, even the simplest of cribs has story behind it. Most churches in Mumbai have beautiful cribs that painstakingly created so this time around, take a moment out to visit them.

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I've always had a love-hate relationship with the weather and currently, I've fallen hook, line and sinker for it. The nip in the air has got me bringing out my scarves, boots and blazers, as if it's snowing outside! Nevertheless, I love snuggling up in cozy socks and painting my nails *deep shades, sparkly ones & golds please!* and this is just the weather to do it. With the temperature finally hitting appropriate degrees, cute headgear, berets and beanies are at the top of my list.

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And of course, the highlight of the festive season, and my life; is good food. Thanks to my mum's line of work, I've got Instagram-worthy delectables 365 days of the year so Christmas being the special time of the year that it is, only fresh traditional Christmas cake will do - fragrant and moist with spices, liqueur and fruit. Share it at a sit down with the family and save a slice for breakfast!

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While hot chocolate is a go-to during the winters, I've know I've got to amp up my game in the festive season and that is what Eggnog is for! Best enjoyed creamy, warm and sweet; this guy will give those lattes a run for their money.

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Another holiday favorite, is the timeless Gingerbread man. Not only are they spiced enough give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside; they are freaking adorable and a hamper of them make for a nifty gifting option.

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Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

I hope you've enjoyed the peek into how I bring on festivities and I'd love to hear how you bring in the cheer.

Happy Holidays dolls!

xo
Dayle

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