Christmas Tag

Yay another tag at this time of year, last year I did the Holly Jolly Holiday Tag, which went down quite well. So I thought that this year I'd do the basic Christmas Tag. Some questions I answered in last year's tag so I will just leave those out.

1. When do you start getting excited about Christmas?
Honestly, October. :-P

2. Do you still have advent calendars?
Yes. I usually have one for my room and one which I alternate with my brother (I get even days so that I get one on my birthday). But this year I am unsure on how it will work since my parents are now split up, so when I stay at my Dad's flat I might have another or not.

3. Talk us through your typical Christmas Day?
Usually I open some presents on Christmas Eve because of my Mum's side of the family. But on Christmas Day I open the stuff in my stocking quite early. Then later we open gifts from under the tree as a family and chat. Then either my Gran or Dad will cook the dinner and we'll eat. Honestly, I sometimes find the build up more exciting than the day.

4. What do you eat for Christmas Dinner?
Turkey, Stuffing, Potatoes, Vegetables, Yorkshire Puddings, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce.

5. What is the best Christmas Present you have ever received?
I am not sure, I like to just be grateful for all the wonderful presents that I get and realise that I am very fortunate to receive them.

But that was this year's Christmas tags. If you have any christmassy post ideas then please tell me in the comments because I probably post the most at this time of year and I need some ideas. And I will hopefully have another post for you soon.

M x

Costa Coffee and Starbucks Christmas Drinks 2014

Last year this was my most popular post ever on this blog. So I thought that of course I had to do another this year. And yet again I am excited for Christmas for too early, I just finished watching Love, Actually and I plan to watch lots of Christmas vlogs later this evening.
But anyway back to the drinks. I am quite pleased with Starbucks this year as they are launching two new charitable programmes which will go along with their infamous red cups. One being 'Share the Warmth', in which they are partnering up with Crisis and Oasis to give homeless people a better Christmas this year. This will last over the long weekend of the 8th to the 11th of November where they hope to raise £100,000, They are doing what they call a BOGOGO, which stands for 'Buy one, get one, give one'. So when you buy a red cup, I believe that you will get another for free, but they will also give 25p donation to these charities for each cup purchased. But the other programme is the 'Suspended Coffee' scheme. Here when you ask for a Suspended Coffee, at the price of £2.25, they will match that price with a donation to those chosen charities. I think that it is quite refreshing to see Starbucks give back, especially in one of their busiest times of year. Anyway here are the Starbucks and Costa Coffee Christmas Drinks of 2014:

Starbucks:

-Almond and Honey Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate with honey and a couple shots of almond syrup.

-Gingerbread Latte
Latte with a couple shots of gingerbread syrup, topped with cream and nutmeg.

-Eggnog Latte
Real Eggnog, mixed with milk, espresso and topped with nutmeg.

-Toffee Nut Latte
Latte with toffee nut syrup and crunchy toffee sprinkles.

-Orange Mocha
Orange flavoured mocha, topped with whipped cream and festive red sprinkles.

-Peppermint Mocha
Mocha with peppermint syrup, topped with whipped cream and festive red sprinkles.

-Caramel Brulee Latte
Milk with an espresso, flavoured with a caramel brulee sauce and topped with whipped cream and a caramel brulee topping.

Costa Coffee:

-Gingerbread and Cream Latte
Espresso with steamed milk served with gingerbread flavoured syrup and topped with cream and a mini gingerbread man.

-White Hot Chocolate and Cream
White chocolate sauce with milk and topped with cream and cherry sauce.

-Black Forest Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate with a shot of blackberry syrup and topped with cream, cherry sauce and a sprinkle of chocolate curls.

-Hot Spiced Apple
Hot spiced apple with star anise and cinnamon stick.

-Sticky Toffee Latte
Espresso with steamed milk served with sticky toffee flavoured syrup and topped with cream and toffee sauce.

-Brownie Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate with a shot of brownie syrup and topped with cream and chocolate fudge sprinkles.

-Orange Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate with a shot of orange syrup and topped with magic dusting and pure Belgian chocolate.

-Praline Cappucino
Espresso blended with praline syrup with frothed milk and magic dusting.

They all sound so yummy, I can't wait to get my hands on them. I love that Costa have the characters on the cups depending on the size (sadly it tells people how greedy I am when I get a large), and I love the samples that Starbucks give out occasionally.

Which ones are you most excited for?
M x

Sources:

Starbucks: http://www.starbucks.co.uk/promo/share-the-warmth
                 http://www.countdowntoredcups.com/menu/
Costa: http://fandbnews.com/costa-launch-limited-edition-christmas-cups/