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The First Day of Christmas: Holiday Guilty Pleasures

Welcome to in a nutshell’s FIRST day of Christmas! Inspired by our homegirl, Ellen, we’ve decided to take a page out of her book and bring you our own version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Today marks the first in a series of posts that will revolve around the hussle, bussle and magic that make this season so special. As per the usual, each nut will bring you diverse posts, with a variety of topics that hope to help you truly make this the most wonderful time of the year!

To start things out on a humourous note, we bring you a compillation…of our guilty Christmas pleasures. Guilty pleasures come in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s the horrible song that you can’t get enough of or the most cheesy of movies that you could watch over and over again. Once a year, the Holiday season gives us the ‘legitimacy’ to indulge in special guilty pleasures that revolve around the most shameful Christmas indulgences.

**DISCLAIMER: I may have had some fun with photoshop…

Catherine’s Guilty Pleasure: Christmas movies…specifically, ‘The Santa Clause’ with Tim Allen.

“If by mid-December you haven’t purchased a single Christmas gift, there’s no snow on the ground and you haven’t mentally prepared for the daunting task of the big turkey cook or house clean – there is ONE thing that will never fail in reminding you it’s the Christmas season. Naturally, it’s the onslaught of Christmas movies. For someone who does not dedicate much time for tv or films in day to day life, you will find me glued to the television for Home Alone, Scrooged, The Grinch, Love Actually and my absolute favourite …. The Santa Clause … Call me a closet Home Improvement lover or Santa believer but when Charlie gets to go to the North Pole don’t you tear up too? No, just me? Bah humbug.”


Kaylee’s Guilty Pleasure: Every pretty roll of wrapping paper & Children’s advent callendars.

“There’s something about a pile of presents all wrapped differently that makes me happy. It’s a ridiculous & expensive tradition that I’m not sure ill ever overcome. And who doesn’t like a chocolate each morning, reminding you how close christmas is getting? Probably the best invention in the world….even better than those wristband tape dispensers for wrapping…and that’s saying a lot.”


Kate’s Guilty Pleasure: Cartoon Christmas Carols


“For some reason, I am never fully in the holiday spirit until I watch the cartoon of Santa and his singing reindeer with The Drifters voice over, ‘I’m dreaming of a White Christmas’. Watching that merry little Claus prance around with his back-up vocal reindeer always cracks me up and usually gets me crooning along with them.”


Jess’ Guilty Pleasure: Over-sized Candy Canes & Flannel Nighties

“The giant convenience store candy canes which are so impractical yet so delicious, and the unsexy flannel gem I’ve had since I was little. I wear it every single year when I’m home for the holidays, drinking mugs of hot chocolate and repeating classics like Love Actually and Scrooged. It is so unattractive, I don’t know how I got it or who gave it to me, I would never answer the door in it – but I snuggle in it proudly.”


Meghan’s Guilty Pleasure: NSYNC’s ‘Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays’ and Dressing my kitten up like Santa.


“It’s super shameful to admit, but all-year round I listen to my old-school boy band CDs whenever I’m feeling slightly nostalgic…or doing dishes. Anyway, combine that boy band glory with Christmas and you have my ultimate guilty pleasure. I literally listen to Justin, JC and the rest of the gang over and over, proudly belting out the lyrics for all my neighbours to hear. If you add my kitten dressed like Santa into the mix, you literally have my perfect day.”