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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… at least it is in Selfridges. There may be five months to go until the most wonderful time of the year, but the London store is already getting into the Christmas spirit.

Selfridges has just opened their Christmas shop in central London and we have to say we’re feeling a little bit excited about the holidays already.

They are officially the first store in the world to open their Christmas shop this year.

Eleanor Gregory, Selfridges Christmas and home buyer, commented on the shop opening: "We have so many customers visiting from all over the world, eager to snap up festive decorations and souvenirs on their London summer holidays which they can't buy at home.

"Our summer Christmas shop launch simply addresses the growing demand for convenience Christmas shopping outside the traditional Christmas season from many of our customers.

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"They include a large number of domestic customers who love to Christmas shop very early in the year to get it wrapped and taken off their to-do list."

There may be 149 days to go until Christmas Day but we have to admit we’re itching to stick on Wham’s Last Christmas after this news.

Too soon?

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We know it’s only July but we have to admit we’re already excited for Christmas. It is the most wonderful time of the year after all. In honour of the Christmas in July trend, Lea Michele has made a major announcement about an upcoming festive project.

Fans of A Christmas Prince, Love Actually, The Holiday and every other Christmas rom-com are going to love Lea's Christmas movie Same Time, Next Christmas.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Same Time, Next Christmas will air in December 2019 and we are so ready for all the festive cheesiness this movie will bring to our screens.

Lea has landed the lead role of Olivia Henderson, a young woman who meets her childhood love during a festive family trip in Hawaii. 

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Olivia and her childhood sweetheart reunite at the same resort after time and distance kept them apart for years, but can their love survive the circumstances forcing them apart?

Speaking of her new role, Lea gushed, “I’ve been so excited to share this news! It’s going to be a very Merry Christmas with this amazing movie AND my Christmas album!”

We have to say we can’t wait to watch Lea in Same Time, Next Christmas. We’ll have to be patient as the film won’t be released for another five months, but at least every single episode of Glee is on Netflix now.

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If anyone needs us we’ll be binge-watching Glee and singing along to Don’t Stop Believin’.

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It's time to celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the employment calendar; National Sickie Day. *Tosses confetti*

We figured it's time to do some healthy digging and find out what gems people were using to call in sick to work, and we also desired to know the dumbest excuses too. Natural curiosity gets the better of us…

Employment Law Experts (ELAS) are saying that the estimated number of employees calling in sick in 2017 on National Sickie Day was… wait for it…350,000 WORKERS. Wow.

Why is the first week of February just too unbearable for everyone to face their jobs? A combination of factors are predicted, such as the first weekend after Dry January and the first post-Christmas pay-day.

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ELAS have also predicted that National Sickie Day will cost the British economy around £45 million (€51.3 million), due to hours lost, wages and overtime. Good God, that's a LOT of wasted labour.

According to a survey by AXA PPP, using the flu excuse seemed to be satisfactory for four out of 10 bosses. However, eight percent of managers weren't convinced by a single one of the nine 'best excuses' listed below…

The number one excuse for ringing in sick (according to the boss) was the flu, with back pain coming in second, and injury caused by accident in third place.

Stress, elective surgery, depression, anxiety, common cold and migraine finished up the top nine, with 'none of the above' in 10th place, meaning there were some other crackers outside of the top 10 that we just NEED to hear.

According to ELAS, the absolute WORST excuses in 2016 for missing work were:

“My only pair of work trousers is in the wash”, “It’s my dog’s birthday and I need to arrange a party for him”, “The dog ate my shoes”, “I got arrested”, “I lost my PPE”, and of course; “I stayed out partying last night and haven’t had any sleep”.

Classic. Other contenders were; “My friend is on annual leave so I can’t get a lift”, “I have no way to get to work” and “My wife earns more than me so I have to look after the kids”

Ah lads, you've got to do better than that. A bit of creativity would go a long way with that lot…

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Meghan Markle has had a difficult year when it comes to navigating the complexities of family life now that she is a member of the British royal family. 

Her mother, Doria Ragland was the only member of her family to attend her May nuptials to Prince Harry. 

While Meghan spent her first Christmas as a newlywed and expectant mother with the Queen at Sandringham, her mother Doria was not in attendance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It was widely reported following the wedding that Doria had been personally invited to spend the festive season with the royal family. 

If this was true, she clearly politely declined the offer, opting instead to spend the holidays in Los Angeles. 

Doria was photographed by paparazzi in the US as she exited her home to collect her post. It is reported that she spent Christmas alone based off the fact that she was photographed collecting her post alone, but for all anyone knows she stepped out of a house full of friends and family. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While Kylie spent Christmas partying with the rest of the Kardashian clan, her partner Travis Scott hung out with his immediate family over the festive season. 

The rapper is known for gifting his parents with extravagant presents, and this year was no exception. 

The rapper gifted his parents with two amazing cars – a brand new Porshe and a Range Rover. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In true millennial style, he filmed his parents reacting to their gift. 

His parents were clearly overwhelmed with their new wheels, with his mother tearfully expressing her excitement. 

Travis's father was also in tears, completely moved by his son's outlandish gift. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is not the first time the ASTRO WORLD rapper has spoiled his parents. 

In 2016, he purchased a new home for them as a Christmas gift. 

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Stacey Solomon has penned quite the emotional post-Christmas message after she spent the day surrounded by her loving family.

The Loose Women panelist said that she had quite the manic but wonderful Christmas with her nearest and dearest.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sharing a photo of her family on Christmas Day, Stacey stressed the importance of remembering that Christmas isn’t a merry day for everyone.

There are so many people out there struggling for a variety of reasons, including financial reasons and health problems.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stacey wrote: “Well that was a crazy Christmas. It was like real life ‘Meet The Parents’. Luckily no one got hurt and everyone is still talking no matter how heated Family Fortunes got.”

The mum-of-two continued: “Feeling extremely privileged this morning to have been able to share a special day with my family and my extended family I adore each and every one of them. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She extended her love to anyone who is facing difficulties this Christmas. “My heart goes out to anyone struggling at this time of year.

“I realise how privileged I am and that lots of other people aren’t as fortunate. Love and light to all,” she continued.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stacey added: “There are some incredible people and organisations out there so please please please if you need to reach out if you can.”

The former X Factor contestant shared contact details for numerous charities including Childline, Mind Charity and Samaritans.

Stacey’s moving post has reminded us of how important it is to realise that Christmas can be an extremely hard time for so many people and it is vital that we keep them in our thoughts.

 

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Plates are empty, the dishwasher is full, there's a Christmas film on the telly and your Dad is already nodding off in his armchair. 

The hours and days after your Christmas dinner has finally digested are traditionally a time to feast of turkey sandwiches – and lots of them. 

However, we'd all like to think that our culinary skills have progressed a bit over the past year, and what better way to put them to the test than by creating scrumptious dishes from the Christmas leftovers? 

And to help, we've rounded up some of our favourite leftover turkey recipes that are both simple to make and oh-so tasty. 

Enjoy! 

Turkey Bubble & Squeak 

 

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Creamy Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

 

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Leftover Turkey Chilli Con Carne

 

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Creamy Turkey & Potato Soup

 

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Enchilada Bake With Leftover Turkey

 

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Turkey Tetrazzini

 

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Asian Inspired Turkey Soup

Leftover Turkey Paella

 

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Leftover Turkey Spicy Miso Ramen

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Huge congratulations are in order for Mrs Hinch aka Sophie Hinchliffe who has announced she is expecting her first child.

The Instagram star revealed the big news in a touching photo with her husband Jamie and their dog Henry posing by the Christmas tree.

The 28-year-old captioned the photo: “My Hinchers, Mr Hinch and I have been keeping a little secret.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mum-to-be gushed: “All of our Christmas wishes have come true, our mini Hinch will soon be due.”

Sophie added: “Henry is going to be the best big brother ever! I hope you’ve all had the most magical Christmas Day.”

Fans were quick to congratulate the Internet sensation following her major announcement.

“Congratulations! This couldn’t happen to a better couple! Merry Christmas you beautiful people,” one wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Another said: “Oh wow this is the most exciting news!! With yours and Mr Hinch’s genes this baby is going to be beautiful!”

“What an amazing year!! Massive congratulations Mr & Mrs Hinch!!” one gushed.

Another advised: “Take good care of yourself! Wonderfully happy news for you and Jamie xx”

Sophie took to Instagram stories this morning to express her shock at the huge support since she announced she was expecting her first child.

“I’m so blown away by the amazing messages and comments we’ve received. I love you all and I know my Hinchers will be with me every step of the way.

“I’m nervous but so excited,” Sophie added.

We are absolutely thrilled for Sophie and Jamie. Talk about the best Christmas present ever.

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Dads are gas, and Dads on Christmas Day are especially gas.

While the rest of the family tend to evolve and mature as each year passes, there's something particularly steadfast about our fathers' behaviour on December 25.

Whether you're five or 25, you'll proffer the same presents, hear the same jokes, and endure the same digs.

And in honour of the dads in our lives, here are just 10 things every one of them does on Christmas Day.

1. Puts on the new jumper your mam bought him, and admires himself in the hall mirror when he thinks no one is looking.

"I'll cut some dash at mass, I'd say."

2. Pretends to know what he has supposedly bought for his loved ones.

"Ah, you know your mother looks after that."

3. Acts as if his one and only contribution to Christmas dinner has kept the whole meal afloat.

"Where would we be without these carrots, lads?"

4. Creates a very neat pile of the presents he's received and then disappears upstairs with them.

"Sure, I don't know myself with all my new loot."

5. Tries to make you laugh at mass before getting a bollockin' off your mam.

"Don't mind your mother, you know I'm hilarious."

6. Examines everyone else's gifts and acts as if he's discovered fire.

"And you're telling me every step you take is measured on this watch yoke?"

7. Examines every chocolate he removes from the tin, and insists they're getting smaller each year.

"In my day you could barely fit your gob around a caramel barrel,"

8. Insists there's feck-all on the box this Christmas, but manages to cram in a solid 14 hours of viewing.

"I'll watch it, but I won't be happy about it."

9. Reminds everyone about the best Christmas present he ever received as a young lad… for the 30th year in a row,

"A Raleigh racer, and Jesus, she was a beauty."

10. Invites the neighbours in, and then disappears after he's thinks they've outstayed their welcome.

"Jaysus, would she be as quick getting through a bottle of Baileys in her own house?"

 

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Netflix has released its list of the very best Christmas movies on the planet (actually, just the best Christmas movies on Netflix).

While we totally agree with some of the contenders on the streaming mega site's list, there are quite a few other festive films that we think deserve a mention.

We've officially taken the hassle out of the 'so what will we watch tonight' dilemma, by putting together a countdown of our favourite festive flicks.

10. A Very Murray Christmas

 

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This Netflix Original Christmas special graced our screens last year.

If you're looking for something a little less traditional, then this gem is for you. Featuring huge celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock and Michael Cera, this comedy special-turned-musical is well worth a watch.

 

9. Harry Potter and the…

If the Big Big Movie on RTÉ isn't a Harry Potter in the run up to Christmas, is it even Christmas?

There is absolutely nothing better than snuggling up on the couch, hot chocolate (or wine) in hand, to watch these magical classics.

While they are not exactly Christmas-themed, what better time of year to binge watch some wizardry than the Christmas holidays?

 

8. The Grinch

 

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An obvious contender, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a complete classic.

Starring comedy veteran Jim Carrey as the Grinch, and a very young Taylor Momsen (remember her from Gossip Girl?), this fantasy Christmas film is crazy, sometimes dark, and altogether amazing. Dr Seuss' remarkable ability to create an incomparable world of fantasy is apparent in The Grinch like no other.

 

 7. While You Were Sleeping

 

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While You Were Sleeping is easily one of the best romantic movies around, even if it is a little dark for a festive film.

Lucy (Sandra Bullock), falls in love with Peter (Peter Gallagher), while working as transit fare collector in Chicago. Peter is a daily traveller on Lucy's train platform, and one Christmas, while worshipping him from afar, Peter is robbed and shoved onto the tracks.

Lucy saves him from a train, but Peter falls into a coma. A MAJOR mix-up at the hospital leads to Peter's family mistaking Lucy for his fiancée, and his imminent memory loss and saucy brother make things even more interesting.

 

6. Miracle on 34th Street

 

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The epitome of a Christmas classic, A Miracle on 34th Street might be a sappy one, but it's a great kind of sappy.

Starting with a drunk Santa (could it have inspired movie number 10 on our list?), and culminating with buckets of good will and festive cheer, it's hard not to love.

 

5. The Holiday

 

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Another Christmas rom-com, this blockbuster features a star-studded cast including Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law (swoon).

While the Jude Law factor alone is reason enough to watch, two hilarious and poignant romances unfold, as Amanda (Diaz) and Iris (Winslet) swap their homes for the other in a transatlantic transaction that leads to love.

 

4. Christmas with the Kranks

 

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Luther, played by Tim Allen; and Nora Krank, played by Jamie-Lee Curtis, decide to skip Christmas this year and go on a cruise.

Their daughter, Blair, has flown the nest and won't make it home, so the usually festive family decide to forego Christmas altogether.

This doesn't go down well with their neighbours, who want to win the town award for best neighbourhood decorations. Expect a laugh a minute from this famous flick.

 

3. Home Alone

This '90s comedy classic is essential, come Christmas time.

With a cameo appearance from US President-elect Donald Trump, this amazing movie isn't the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time at the North American box office for nothing.

 

2. The Santa Clause

 

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Apparently it's a requirement to have Tim Allen as the lead if you want your Christmas film to be a success.

In this heartwarming tale from 1994, Allen plays Scott Calvin, who (spoiler alert) must become the new Santa Clause after accidentally killing the old model, while also convincing his loved ones that his transformation is a reality and not a delusion.

This film also deals with the difficulties of joint custody all while maintaining that certain 'je ne sais quoi' that all of the very best Christmas movies offer.

 

1. Love, Actually

 

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We have to agree with Netflix on this one; Love, Actually has got to be the best Christmas movie ever.

Intertwining the lives of multiple characters, we dare you not to get emotionally invested in the highs and lows, dismays and triumphs, of this absolute classic.

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When it comes to comfort, Christmas is the one day of the year when pretty much anything goes. 

Wear you dressing gown at the dinner table? – No problem. 

Nip to the shop in your slippers? – Go right ahead. 

Stay in you onesie all day long? – Absolutely, in fact, we insist. 

Christmas day is all about family, food and feeling cosy, which is why we've come up with a few reasons why staying in your onesie all day is perfectly acceptable. 

1. It's waaay more comfortable than that itchy Christmas jumper

If anyone finds a more comfortable clothing item, we want to be the first to hear about it. 

For now though, you'll find us lounging in front of the telly in our favourite onesie.  

2. You don't need to waste time getting changed

There's dinner to be cooked, presents to be opened and cheesy Christmas films to watch – honestly who has the time for anything else?

Just roll out of bed and let the festive fun begin! 

3. Save your 'good clothes' for a day you're actually going to leave the house

Sure, everyone like to look their best at Christmas time, but when your aunt Marie is the only one to compliment your efforts, you're better off saving yourself for Stephen's Day. 

4. More room for turkey 

Christmas Day is the one day of the year when it's totally acceptable to eat your body weight in glorious food – the skinny jeans are just holding us back. 

5. They can actually be pretty stylish

The onesie game has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, meaning we no longer have to compromise style for comfort. 

Oh, what a time to be alive! 

 

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December may be a week away, but it's fair to say Christmas party season is already in full swing.

And as well as being synonymous with shifting the wrong person and waking up with a pounding head, it's also the time of year when you go big or go home on the manicure front.

While you may opt for muted shades throughout the rest of the year, the festive season gives you carte blanche to go batsh*t crazy with those nails of yours.

If you're only dying to mix it up, but have found yourself stuck for some inspiration, worry not, because we've got you covered.

1. Doing it right.

2. What more can we say? 

3. Oh, yes. 

4. Nailed it. 

 

#xmasnails by Gemma! #xmas #festivenails #snowflakenails #rednails #glitternails #sparklenails

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5. Almost too cute to handle.

 

Fun nails!#biosculpturegel #nailtechlife #festivenails #tistheseason

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6. Lovin' the matte finish. 

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