Sunday, 25 November 2018

Mrs Mulled Wine's Christmas - 4 Weeks to Go

Black Friday - Is it a con? 

I've heard a couple of 'experts' on the radio saying that Black Friday is a con trying to whip consumers up into a shopping frenzy and there actually aren't that many bargains to be had and I honestly feel like I have to agree. I'm after a Nintendo Switch and the cheapest price I could find a new one at on Black Friday was £237.99 down from £249 the day before. I am pretty confident the price will drop even further at some point in the run up to Christmas. I reckon retailers drop their prices a little on Black Friday to make us feel like we're getting a good deal but actually save their best deals until nearer Christmas when they're trying to tempt people with big last-minute purchases. The only deals I think were decent were travel and hotel deals where you could buy vouchers for 20% off etc...

Did anyone grab a good deal? I didn't buy a single thing in the end.  

In 2015 it was all about the XBox 

McDonald's Christmas Advert 

Apart from the banned Iceland ad, I think McDonald's is winning the Christmas advert wars in our house. Those reindeer are just so cute and I really feel their pain when Santa is getting all the treats and nobody is leaving carrots for the reindeer. We'll definitely be #reindeerready this Christmas Eve, will you?

This Week's Festive Plans 

Our festive plans are really picking up pace this week. We're off to Gala Theatre Panto, Customs House Panto and Whitley Bay Playhouse Panto press nights, we're heading to Edinburgh Christmas Markets today which I am super excited about and then we're off to Whitehouse Farm Winter Wonderland too. Busy, busy, busy - look out for all of these reviews over on North East Family Fun in the next week or so.

Credit | Customs House 

Christmas Shopping 

I can't believe I still haven't started properly Christmas shopping yet. What's going on? I have NEVER left it this late before. I'm looking forward to a full day shopping with my mam and bro at the Metrocentre soon though. Anyone else still not really made a dent?

Festive Sandwiches 

When Northumberland Cheese Loft (signposted just past Horton Grange Hotel) posted their festive menu on their Social Media this week, I knew I had to visit pronto. The tearoom is lovely and cosy at this time of year with its twinkling lights and festive table decor. I went with the Northumberland Cheese, Turkey and Cranberry toastie and it was the best Christmas sandwich I've ever eaten. So good and nice and generous with their filling. This was followed by a slice of homemade cheesecake which had been given a festive upgrade (Blackcurrant and Prosecco flavour). The service is always so friendly here too and I picked up our first two Christmas cheeses from their counter while I was there (although I'm not sure they'll last until Christmas if I'm honest).

Charity Calendar 

If you're out and about in Whitley Bay in the run-up to Christmas, I'd love you to consider popping into Evan's Bistro and purchasing one of their Rugby Charity Calendars. These calendars are just £10 and all of the funds raised are being split between 4 local charities/causes:
If you purchase a calendar from Evan's Bistro, you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a Sunday Lunch voucher so don't forget to leave your contact details. Here's a sneaky peek:


Feeding Families

Each year I try and help out a charity at Christmas rather than sending Christmas Cards (which in my opinion are a gross waste of money). I remember spending £50+ just on cards one year! This year I've decided to make a hamper for feeding families which is a local charity helping families in need. Donors are 'matched' with a family and provided with a list of items to make 'Christmas in a Box'. The cost is estimated to be around £38 per family and you can buy a couple of extras too (although to keep it fair, don't go over the top). You are then matched with a family in need and arrange to deliver your hamper in the run-up to Christmas. This year, there are more people signed up who need a hamper (there are certain eligibility tests) than donors so if you'd like to sign up to help, now is the time. I've just been matched to my family and I'm hoping I can make a small difference to somebody's Christmas through this scheme.

Alternatively, if you're not able to put together a hamper, you can buy a raffle ticket to help the charity for just £1 here. Prizes include a Hotel Break for 2, an Amazon Fire 7 Tablet, Glamping, Spa Days and more. The money raised by the raffle helps towards the cost of packaging, packing days and storage. 

Christmas from around the web: 

I'll be back next Sunday with more Christmas chat - I can't believe we'll have started advent then and our little Elf on the Shelf will have returned for more mischief.......


  1. OMG I LOVED the Black Friday deals this year, I found it so so hard to stop myself going crazy and buying loads of stuff. Selfridges 20% off was so tough to resist - I've managed not to buy anything by sending Santa Simon a nice long list of sale stuff in the hope he'll get me a good bargain for Christmas! Simon really hasn't resisted the sales himself, he's been treating himself for days!

    Ooooh I've got a favourite Christmas ad now too, have you seen the Boots one with the Mum and Daughter ... I think it's the only one so far to make me have a little cry, it's really lovely!

    This time next week it's December!!!

  2. Thank you so much for featuring me. I loved reading this post. I am feeling oh so festive now xx

  3. Ooh even I’m getting excited now after our first panto. I didn’t get any Black Friday deals either. We are on the hunt for a switch too so holler when you see that bargain! Xx


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