Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.169

Hello gorgeous,

and welcome to another round of random ramblings. Ready to get started? Here we go:

Literary crushes

literary crushes

If, like me, you’re an avid reader, you’ve fallen in love with your fair share of literary heroes (and wondering where you can find similar men in real life *sighs*). Some of these crushes don’t stand the test of time and we outgrow them as we get older and wiser, while other heroes will always have a special place in our hearts. Here are five fictional characters I’m still in love with:

1. Mr Darcy (Pride And Prejudice)

Is there a woman who hasn’t a crush on Mr Darcy? He may be insufferably snobbish and quite rude at times, but he also has a heart of gold. He is unflinchingly loyal to those he loves, and willing to help them without demanding recognition and praise in return. He’s also willing to change his mind, admit when he is wrong, and always tries to do what’s right. Oh, and being rich and handsome doesn’t hurt, either. ;)

2. Mr Rochester (Jane Eyre)

Mr Rochester may have tried to commit bigamy, but I can hardly blame him for trying to grab his chance at happiness after all he’d been through in the past. He knew his wife was never going to get better and, at least, he took good care of her rather than locking her up in an asylum for the rest of her days. And the woman he falls for, Jane Eyre, is pretty awesome. Neither beautiful nor rich, she is strong, determined, true to herself, unwilling to compromise her values, and often challenges him. Not every man appreciates a woman like that now, let alone then.

3. Eric Northman (The Southern Vampire Mysteries)

I’m usually not into vampires, but when they are this sexy, how can you resist? Eric is cold, arrogant, cunning, and ruthless yet, for the few people/vampires he loves, he is willing to do absolutely everything. Rather than evil, he has his own code of honour and doesn’t break it for any reason. He also has a zest for life and a great sense of humour.

4. Noah Calhoun (The Notebook)

Noah Calhoun is so romantic. A hard worker, he’s been in love with the same woman for all his life and raised a family with her. They had their ups and downs, but he always found the time for romance, to dance with her in the kitchen or write her poetry. And when she becomes ill with Alzheimer’s disease and starts to forget everything, he stands by her side, telling her their story over and over and over again. Awww.

5. Mr. George Knightley (Emma)

Mr Knightly is the practical friend you can always count on. He’s cute, honourable, always willing to help others or tell them the truth, even when they don’t want to hear it. In his gentle, quiet manner, he encourages Emma to be the best person she can be. And that’s what true love is all about.

Who are your literary crushes?

What I’m Reading Now

the magician's lie
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
US, turn of the century. The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day. Her most famous trick is sawing a man in half on stage. One night, she uses a fire axe rather than her trademark sword. A few hours later, the corpse of her husband is discovered back stage. The Amazing Arden is nowhere to be found. Police officer Virgil Holt accidentally stumbles into her as she’s leaving the town. Her guilt now seems certain. But has she committed the murderous deed? She has one night to convince Holt of her innocence and regain her freedom. To do so, she tells her story. It’s a fascinating but chilling story full of twists and turns, and a dark secret she’s ready to lie for. Although a bit slow at first, it soon captivates you and then you are unable to put the book down until you know what happened to Arden’s husband and what fate will befall her. Although there are lots of flashbacks, the book is easy to follow. My only problem is that, unlike the other characters, the psychopathic villain is a bit too one-dimensional. But if you love a good historical mystery novel with a magical element, you’ll greatly enjoy this. It’s available at Amazon.

The Links

I was interviewed by Bonjour Blogger – Bonjour Blogger

Pros reveal how to spot the photoshop tricks that defy reality - Take Part

Looking for a foundation that keeps your skin oil-free for hours? Try Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation – My Women Stuff

How to Build Your Courage for Crimson Lips - Makeup And Beauty Blog

An affordable NARS Multiple dupe – Tales Of A Pale Face

Sunday Survey, Vol.235

1. Do you keep the light on at night?
Nope. Unless I’m exhausted, I can’t sleep with even a faint light on. The bedroom must be pitch black.

2. What’s a mascara you find yourself buying over and over again?
Pupa Vamp! Mascara in either brown or black. It provides lots of length and volume, lasts long, and is reasonably priced.

3. The last person you’ve taken a selfie with?
Mm, I don’t think I have ever taken a selfie. I’m not really into taking photos. I prefer to enjoy the moment with the person I’m with rather than take photos. Even because, let’s face it, those photos are forgotten the second they are taken (or shared on social media).

4. Body glitter in the daytime: yay or nay?
It depends on the occasion. For a fun date with friends in the summer, it’s ok. But I rarely use glitter. I’m not a big fan of it (unless it’s in nail polish).

5. What do you think of grey clothes?
Frankly, they just depress me. A grey sweater or pants may be nice, but they must be paired with something colourful otherwise the outfit’s so sad!

It’s your turn now!
1. Do you keep the light on at night?
2. What’s a mascara you find yourself buying over and over again?
3. The last person you’ve taken a selfie with?
4. Body glitter in the daytime: yay or nay?
5. What do you think of grey clothes?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.168

Hello gorgeous,

another Sunday, another round of random ramblings. Here we go:

Follow Me On Social Media

social-media
Recently, I’ve been debating whether I should join Instagram. I know it’s a great social media channel for bloggers and can drive lots of traffic to your site, but I’m really struggling to keep up with the platforms I’m already on. Not sure it’s a good idea to add more to my plate at the moment. Mmm… While I keep debating, you can find me on:

Pinterest: this is my favourite social media channel. That’s because I am a highly visual person. Pinterest is a great resource to find ispiration about pretty much anything. I pin a lot of makeup looks, hair tutorials, and fashion outfits on there. If you like this kind of thing, check it out.

Twitter: I love how easy Twitter makes it to chat with people all over the world, interact with brands, and stay up to date with all the lastest news. I also twit quotes, skincare tips, and more.

Facebook: I’m not sure I got the hang of facebook yet. They keep changing the rules all the time, which is very frustrating. But I still use it to share about new product launches that don’t make it on the blog, articles about body image and confidence, makeup looks I like, and more.

Google Plus: I haven’t figured out how to make the most of google plus yet, so for now I’m using it to share the latest, most technical, news in the beauty industry. If you want to keep up-to-date with the latest trends and skincare research, follow me on there.

Bloglovin': if you want to make sure you never miss one of my posts, follow me on Bloglovin’.

Thank you! I can’t wait to interact with you on social media too. :)

What I’m Reading Now

the kennedy wives
The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America’s Most Public Family by Amber Hunt and David Batcher
The Kennedys are one of the most fascinating families in the world. Blessed with power, charm, and money, they have been struck by a series of tragedies that shocked the world. The women who married into the family led privileged lives, but they also had to put up with a lot, such as their husbands’ infidelities and media intrusion. This book briefly tells their stories. Rose, married to Joe, was the matriarch. Ethel, Bobby’s wife, a tomboy who loved to party but was also devoted to her 11 children. Jackie, the icon who forged the myth of Camelot. Joan, the most beautiful and fragile of the Kennedy wives, was unable to cope with her husband Ted’s infidelity without reaching for the bottle. And Vicki, Ted’s second wife, a smart young woman who took care of her husband during his last years. The authors skilfully capture their essences, strengths and weaknesses, and highlight the influence they had on the history of their country. Because it is short, these who are already familiar with those women won’t find anything new here. But for everyone else, it is an informative and insightful introduction to the Kennedy wives. It is available on Amazon.

The Links

Does petrolatum really dry out your lips? – Future Derm

Ignore mascara ads. Embrace your eyelashes – Beauty Redefined

Natural vs synthetic: which is better? – Skincare Addiction

Save time, look fabulous: the twenty best beauty hacks you’ll ever need - London Beauty Queen

Interpretations of 17th century makeup
- Madame Isis’ Toilette

Sunday Survey, Vol.234

1. How did you get your name?
My parents wanted to give me a normal, but not very common name. In 1982, there were very few Giorgias around. Of course, a few years later, it became very popular, so I got stuck with an awful name for nothing! I even have a namesake (same name and same surname), a distant cousin I have never met.

2. A beauty habit you’d like to break?
I really need to stop neglecting my body, especially my feet. It’s one of my resolution for 2015. I’m still struggling with it, but, hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll have broken this bad habit for good.

3. A goal for next week?
Work out at least 6 times. I haven’t been well lately, so I neglected exercising, but I am really eager to get back into it. I think light but frequent workouts are a great way for me to do that.

4. Body butter or body lotion?
Body butter. My skin is very dry and most lotions just aren’t moisturizing enough for me.

5. How do you feel about fortune tellers?
I’m open to the possibility that some people may have psychic abilities. But it is something so difficult to prove, and there are just so many charlatans around that I prefer to stay away from them. I have never been to one and don’t think I ever will.

It’s your turn now!
1. How did you get your name?
2. A beauty habit you’d like to break?
3. A goal for next week?
4. Body butter or body lotion?
5. How do you feel about fortune tellers?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.167

Hello and happy Sunday gorgeous!

Are you ready for some random ramblings? This week, we’re talking about food:

6 Unforgivable Food Crimes

Food is a religion in Italy. It has its rites and its sins. There are certain things that you just don’t do. Ever. If you dare break these laws, you will receive some odd, horrified looks, and risk ostracism, so beware.

Most of these food crimes are committed against poor pasta and pizza, two sacred recipes that need to be prepared following certain rules. If you want to escape the food police, here’s what you should never do:

1. Pasta is not a side dish (and neither is rice)

When I travel abroad, I often see people put pasta, rice, salad, meat, and whatever else they can think of in one plate. This is just wrong. Pasta is a main dish. You add sauce and eat it, on its own, for lunch. Same with rice. Meat (or fish) is eaten with vegs at dinner. Some people eat a dish of pasta (or rice) followed by a second course which can be a salad, omelette, meat or fish with vegs, and maybe a piece of cheese too.

But under no circumstances should all these things ever be together in the same plate. It’s a sacrilege, and a very unpalatable one too. Serve such a hodgepodge to an Italian, and she may eat it out of politeness, but all the while she’ll silently curse you for ruining good foods.

2. Spaghetti with meatballs (or hot dogs)

If I hear say one more time that spaghetti with meatballs is an Italian dish, I’ll scream. It so isn’t. Although this recipe has worryingly started to pop up on some Italian food blogs, most Italians, me included, still like to eat pasta and meatballs separately. We may sometimes add tiny pieces of meat to pasta sauce, but that’s it. And eating hot dogs with pasta is just a no-no.

3. Ketchup on pasta

Ketchup is not a suitable sauce for pasta. Do the pasta justice and buy some tomato sauce. It’s not expensive, and tastes much, much better.

4. Pasta sandwich

There is absolutely no good reason to ever put pasta in a sandwich. So, please, don’t.

5. Overcooked pasta

This will horrify every Italian but my grannie, who has always, always, always, overcooked pasta. As a child, I hated going to lunch at her place cos I knew I would be served some awful, uneatable pasta. The rest of my family politely ate a little of it, but I always refused.

I was labelled difficult, but I know they were jealous cos I had the guts to stand up for my right to a decent meal while they were stuck with something I wouldn’t have given to my pet, had I had one. Yeah, it was that nasty. My grannie’s bad cooking is legendary.

But it is true that overcooked pasta isn’t good for you. It doesn’t just tastes awful, but it is less healthy. We know that carbs cause a quick rise in blood sugar. Well, pasta cooked al dente has a lower glycemic index (GI), and is digested and absorbed more slowly than overcooked pasta. That means it doesn’t raise your sugar levels too high. Unless you eat too much of it, of course.

6. Unidentified cheese on pizza

If I could, I’d eat pizza every day. But, abroad, it’s usually my last choice. That’s because of the cheese. Rather than mozzarella, they use a weird mix of cheeses that tastes bland, if not bad. I know that mozzarella is a bit more expensive, but it just tastes that much better on pizza!

Bottom line: if you invite an Italian to dinner, don’t serve her pasta or pizza. Give her the chance to try some of your traditional dishes. She’ll appreciate it a lot more.

What food crimes horrify you?

What I’m Reading Now

the art of social media
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick
If you are a blogger, or someone who uses social media for work, then you need to pick up this book. It is packed with useful and powerful tips to make the most of all your social media channels, create campaigns and adopt strategies that work, and resources to make the job easier. It is short and go straight to the point, wasting none of your time with pointless chit-chat, but still very engaging and readable. Make sure you get the kindle copy, though. The authors sometimes mention external online resources but never mention the urls of these pages. To access them, you simply have to click on the link, and that’s something you can do only if you buy the ebook. Those who purchase the physical book will have no access whatever to these extra resources. A very weird and unfair choice, but then the kindle copy is the cheapest, so it would make sense to get that one anyway. It’s available at Amazon.

The Links

The price of beauty in the 17th century – Hoydens And Firebrands

Are cult products popular because they work, or because we are told they’re cult? – London Beauty Queen

Workout approved cosmetics for the busy professional – Clumps Of Mascara

5 of my go-to brightening eyeliners – Temptalia

3 steps to fuller, natural-looking brows - Makeup And Beauty Blog

Sunday Survey, Vol. 233

1. What do you love to shop for?
Makeup and skincare products, obviously! Also, dresses, shoes, accessories, and books.

2. How do you organize your blushes?
I don’t. I keep them all in a drawer, but it’s a mess in there. I really need to organize them by shade or something soon.

3. The first thing you saw when you opened your eyes this morning?
My desk. It’s just right next to my bed.

4. Would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?
Fly! That way I could go anywhere even without a car!

5. Socks with heels?
Not a fan!

It’s your turn now!
1. What do you love to shop for?
2. How do you organize your blushes?
3. The first thing you saw when you opened your eyes this morning?
4. Would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?
5. Socks with heels?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.165

Hello gorgeous,

and welcome to the first Sunday Random Ramblings post of the year. Enjoy!

Winter Boots

winter boots
Christian Louboutin / Hobbs / Geox / Etro / Hispanitas Arizona

I’m desperately in need of a new pair of boots. The weather had been fairly clement the past few months, but, around Christmas times, temperatures collapsed, strong winds started blowing, and it even snowed a bit. So I can’t put shopping off for much longer.

Just till the after Christmas sales that will start in a couple of days. In the meantime, I turned to the internet for inspiration. Above, you can see my favourites. The models vary in style (I haven’t decided which one I prefer yet), but the colour must be either black or dark brown so I can wear them with anything.

What about you? Do you need new boots, or anything else?

What I’m Reading Now

reclaiming canadian bodies
Reclaiming Canadian Bodies: Visual Media and Representation by Lynda Mannik (Editor), Karen McGarry (Editor)
Why is it that some body types are promoted as ideal and others are marginalized and excluded from media representation? With the help of detailed empirical and ethnographic research, the authors of Reclaiming Canadian Bodies have tried to find an answer. As the title suggests, they specifically address this issue in a Canadian context, but the media works the same pretty much everywhere so it makes for an insightful read regardless of where you live. The book is divided into three sections. Embodied Ideals examines what characteristics a body needs to have to be upheld as an ideal of Canadianess; The Embodiment of “Others” deals with body types which aren’t considered Canadian (very interesting is the study on immigrants, and how they are either perceived as good and in need of aid or evil and dangerous according to the way the media portrays them and their situation); and, Embodied Activism and Advocacy focuses on the representation in the media of particular groups of people such as First Nations people and homosexuals. Although it’s written in an academic tone, it is very readable. I highly recommend it to all those interested in media literacy. Available at Amazon.

The Links

Sun damage: it’s not just a sunburn - Skincare Addiction

4 steps to be more carefree and happier - Zoe London

Confessions of a plain Jane - Huffington Post

6 chemical myths debunked - American Chemistry Blog

70+ MAC eyeshadow drugstore dupes
– This Girl’s Life Blog

Sunday Survey, Vol.231

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at wrapping presents?
I’d say 5. I’m pretty good at wrapping something with a square of rectangular shape, but with anything else, I’m horrible.

2. Favourite mascara tip?
Before applying mascara onto your lashes, swipe the brush against a tissue to remove excess product.

3. Lipgloss of the day?
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss In Raspberry Pop. It’s pretty and sparkly.

4. Panettone or torrone?
Panettone, but only if it is chockfull of raisins and candied fruit. I never liked the kind stuffed with chocolate much.

5. Do you like to sleep in on the weekends or holidays?
I used to, when I was younger. These days I feel like I’m wasting the best part of the day if I sleep in till late in the morning.

It’s your turn now!
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at wrapping presents?
2. Favourite mascara tip?
3. Lipgloss of the day?
4. Panettone or torrone?
5. Do you like to sleep in on the weekends or holidays?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.164

Hello everyone,

happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying the holidays. If you have a few minutes to spare, sit down with a nice cup of coffee, and read my random ramblings. And don’t forget to share yours in the comments!

My Favourite Christmas Movies

I’m not a big fan of Christmas movies. I find most of them utterly boring, mainly because they all the have same plots, with few variations. But there are some that I absolutely love, and am always glad to see at this festive time of the year. Here they are:

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is not your usual Christmas movie. It’s a lot scarier, original, and entertaining. Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloweentown, is bored of celebrating Hallowen always in the same way. So, when he discovers Christmastown, he decides to bring some of the spirit of that holiday (and a recalcitrant Santa Claus) to Halloweentown. It’s a wonderful motion-animated classic combines the best of two of our favourite holidays.

A Christmas Carol

I love Dickens and this story has always been one of my favourites. The old, mean miser Ebenezer Scrooge receives the visits of three ghosts, of Christmas past, present, and future, that will show him the error of his ways so he can make amends before it is too late. It’s a charming and thrilling story that never fails to please and make you think. I don’t really have a favourite version, but I love discovering new ones all the time.

Mary Poppins

Who doesn’t love Mary Poppins, the English supernanny who reunited a distant and cold father with his family? This delightful movie combines catchy songs, brilliant colours, magic, live action and animated figures, and wonderful actors. A true classic.

The Sword In The Stone

Disney movies are always shown on Italian Tv at this time of year. One of my favourites, which I watched I don’t know how many times, is The Sword In The Stone. A young boy, with the help of Merlin, becomes King when he extracts a sword in the stone. This retelling of Arthur’s tale is inventive, endearing, and fun for all the family.

Sissi, The Trilogy

This trilogy was always shown at Christmas here too. As a child I was fascinated with this empress, her beautiful gowns, and her glittering court. But it was only this year that I finally got to watch the movies in their entirety. As a child, I was always sent to bed in the middle of them! They’re not always accurate, but they still are a charming portrait of the first years of her marriage and reign.

What movies do you always watch at Christmas?

What I’m Reading Now

the king's sister
The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien
Anne O’Brien is one of my favourite historical novelists, and her latest work doesn’t disappoint. As a Plantagenet princess Elizabeth of Lancaster is destined to marry the man her family chose for her. But she rebels and weds John Holland, King Richard II’s half-brother. At first, this match seems as advantageous as the one she refused. That’s until her brother, Henry of Bolingbroke, deposes Richard and claims the crown for himself. John sides with his half-brother and plots against the new king. Elizabeth is put in an impossible position. Should she reveal to Henry what she knows and thus condemn her husband to death? Or should she side with her husband, knowing that if the plot is successful, Henry will be killed? O’Brien skilfully and vividly brings to life the turbulent times Elizabeth lived in and the anguish and torment her situation and decision caused her. Although she’s not the nicest heroine, it’s impossible not to feel sorry for her, and for her dashing and ruthlessly ambitious husband. I highly recommend it to all fans of historical fiction. It’s available at Amazon.

The Links

Do night creams work better at night? - The Beauty Brains

A brush to apply masks? – Beauty Geek UK

DIY makeup storage hacks: 3 ways to repurpose packaging - Makeup And Beauty Blog

Is your sunscreen safe and effective? – Ageless Beauty

Your body is an instrument, not an ornament - Beauty Redefined

Sunday Survey, Vol.230

1. When was the last time you climbed a tree?
Ages ago! It was at a birthday party at a friend’s house, when I was still a child. There was this short tree in her garden and all the kids were climbing up it.

2. What look will you be wearing on New Year’s Eve?
I haven’t decided yet, but it will be sparkling!

3. Did you decorate your house with lights this year?
Nope, I only have a Christmas tree, but without lights cos they stopped working ages ago and I always forget to replace them!

4. Would you rather get back in time and meet your ancestors or go way into the future and meet your great grandchildren?
Go back in time, definitely. As a history lover, I’m more interested in what’s happened and how people used to live once than what the world will be like in the future. Besides, I’m not sure I’d like the latter much!

5. Do you like Christmas jumpers?
On children, yes. On adults, not so much.

It’s your turn now!
1. When was the last time you climbed a tree?
2. What look will you be wearing on New Year’s Eve?
3. Did you decorate your house with lights this year?
4. Would you rather get back in time and meet your ancestors or go way into the future and meet your great grandchildren?
5. Do you like Christmas jumpers?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.163

Happy Sunday gorgeous!

Are you ready for this week’s Sunday Random Ramblings? Here we go:

Christmas Songs

Some of the most beautiful Christmas songs in Italian. How many can you recognize?

What I’m Reading Now

the wars of the roses dan jones
The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones
Dan Jones is one of my favourite historians for his ability to make history entertaining and accessible for everyone. His latest book deals with one of the most complex periods of English history, the Wars of the Roses, which saw the destruction of the Plantagent dynasty and the rise of the Tudors. It was a period of political instability, ruthless struggles for the crown, when alliances changed faster than the London weather, brother fought against brother in bloody battles that decimated entire families, and different claimants sat alternatively on the English throne before being violently overthrown. It’s a fascinating, tragic, and gripping tale and Jones beautifully and skilfully captured it in this fast paced book that reads like a novel. If you’re interested in this time period, I highly recommend it. Available at Amazon.

The Links

Bloggers and their books – Zoe London

An introduction to DIY skincare – Skincare Addiction

An useful concealer trick to hide dark circles – The Beauty Department

Best beauty gadgets - 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic

A dupe for Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Beautyholics Anonymous

Christmas Tag

Today’s Sunday Survey is another tag. I found this one about Christmas at Beauty Junkie London and, with the holiday approaching, I thought it’d be really fun to do it:

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mary Poppins, and any version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning! I tried opening them on Christmas Eve once, but I didn’t like it much. I just love going to bed knowing there’s something waiting for me under the Christmas tree the next morning. Not that I get much sleep. I’m just too excited and, as soon as I wake up, I rush to open them.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Mmm I don’t think I have a favourite memory. But I remember fondly when me and my sister would wake up really early and then go wake up our parents so that we could open the presents. We were so excited, and they just wanted to sleep some more. lol.

4. Favourite festive food?
Panettone!

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
A Barbie house. Me and my sister had asked for one for years so we were really excited when we finally got one. It was really cool. It even had a lift!

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
The beautiful pine aroma of Christmas trees.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Not really. I celebrate on Christmas day and don’t really do anything exciting the eve before.

8. What tops your tree?
A star.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
A mini car.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with loved ones, eating good food, and having a relaxing and enjoyable time together.

I tag everyone who wants to do this! You can do the tag on your blog (if so, send me the link!) or in the comment section. I’d love to read your answers. Here are the questions again:

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
4. Favourite festive food?
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
8. What tops your tree?
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?