Contents Issue 24
from the Editor
Best Christmas Films
What’s On in Leicester: Christmas 2018
Fashion & Beauty 12 Candles of Christmas
Christmas Lush Products 2018
How to Stay on Good Terms with Your Skin During the Winter
The Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters
The Best Winter Accessories of 2018
Editor in Chief
Head of Editorial Design
News and Sports Editor
As term 1 comes to a close, it’s time to start looking forward to time at home, or at least a break from lectures. The festive season is finally upon us, and whether you’re celebrating Christmas, or you’ve just finished celebrating Hanukkah, or you’re just in it for the chocolate, The Demon wishes you a good festive period and a Happy New Year.
Health & Lifestyle Stress Less about your Christmas shopping 22 Tis the Season to…
Vegan Food and Living
Student Discussion Editor
Ways to stay healthy at Christmas
Head of Photography
Fashion & Beauty Editor
Lifestyle & Health Editor
Student Discussion Christmas as a student
Ingredients to MY perfect Christmas
Is Christmas just for kids?! NO WAY!
Cover Photo by Shannon McKinley
Nathaniel Corns Editor - in - Chief
Best Christmas Films Written by By Alice Arnold | Design by Jack Sims
Films are great all year round but when it gets to the cold weather the bar raises. Christmas films are so wonderfully unique, they can be animated, for kids, romantic comedies and so much more. But, they have the underlining feeling of wanting to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Here are my top picks for the ‘best Christmas films’, which all have a classic element to them.
The Snowman (1982)
A short animation film about a magical snowman who takes a young boy on an adventure to the North Pole to visit Santa. Full of nostalgia and cosey vibes the beautiful illustration coupled with the Howard Blake’s composition of ‘Walking in the air’ is timeless. Recommend watching on boxing day as the date of its release date in 1982.
The Santa Clause (1994)
Losing connection with his son that he shares custody of with his ex-wife, the role of Santa and love of Christmas brings them together in a way Scott Calvin never expected. Tim Allen brings a unique and comical spin as the figurehead of Santa. This is a wonderful family fun film that is jam-packed full of festivity. Recommend watching on a family night in with popcorn and chocolate!
Love Actually (2003)
Probably one of the best romantic comedy films ever, let alone rom-com Christmas film. Following the story of several different love stories on the lead up to Christmas day. Recommend watching five weeks before Christmas - and every week afterwards, depending on how Christmassy you are!
The story of a human raised as an elf by elves and his travels to New York City to find his family. It’s heart-warming and amusing spreading festivity and love. Recommend watching on Christmas Day!
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Arthur Christmas provides a unique view of how Santa might deliver presents in the 21st century, with smartphones and spy elves. When a little girl’s present is undelivered, Arthur, Santa’s youngest son, pushes through to Christmas morning to make sure she is not forgotten. This animated Christmas film is perfect for all ages, filling everyone with Christmas cheer. Recommend watching on Christmas Eve as the film going through the hours till Christmas morning.
Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
As a sequel to Bad Moms, this lesser-known Christmas film enforces the idea of what the holiday is really about. Not thinking it could get harder than feeling like they have to put on the perfect Christmas for their children, their overbearing mothers come to join them. Perfect adult comedy and a complete contrast from the other family-friendly options! Recommend watching at a friend movie night! 4
What’s On in Leicester: Christmas 2018 Attractions Biggest Ice Rink Ever
A real ice rink twice the size of last years’ with a clear roof to prevent it from weather conditions will be accessible from early December. At Jubilee Square, tickets prices starting at £7.00/per adult for big groups and off-peak times.
Giant Christmas tree
This year, there will be a 14 meter high, snow-covered, tree to spread the Christmas feeling. The tree was chosen from a sustainable tree plantation in Northumberland and promises to dazzle you with its 6,000 lights near the Clock Tower.
Christmas Wheel of Light
A 35 meters height wheel of light at the Jubilee Square will provide you with exceptional views and a chance to admire the Christmas lights from above. From 16 November until 7 January (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day), 12 noon-8pm Mon-Thurs; 12 noon-10pm Fri-Sun. Tickets price: £5 for adults, £4 for children, students and OAPs, family tickets £15
Christmas in the Gardens
Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in the gardens and have a chance of putting your own face in the Light weight, one-of-a-kind lighted sphere. At the Cathedral Gardens between 13 December - 22 December, 5pm - 10pm. Free entry.
Santa in the Square
Visit the Santa’s cavern from 8 December to 23 December, Mon-Fri, 1pm-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm. At the New Market Square. Free entry.
Alice in Wonderland and nativity scene
An exciting tableau scene at the Town Hall Square from 22 November. Free entry.
Shopping Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair showcasing local crafts and artist on the first weekend of December from 11.00am to 4.30pm. Tickets price: £1 for adults Art at the Christmas market the perfect place to buy Christmas gifts made by local artists. From 16 December, between 11am to 4pm, at the Leicester Market. Free entry.
Written by Beatriz Ferreira | Design by Jack7 Sims | Photography by Shannon McKinley
12 Candles of Christmas Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and its smell can be explored in so many different scents. Whether you love the smell of gingerbread baking or red currant jelly at the dinner table, there is just about a candle for every Christmas scent imaginable! As everyone has a different preference, the Demon has curated a list of the best candles for all your festive needs!
Colony: Winter Spruce £2.99 The memories of decorating your Christmas Tree come right back when smelling this festive candle. Just one whiff of pine and bark scents will have you wishing you were trekking through a forest ready to pick out the perfect tree for your living room. Burn Time: Up to 35 hours
Yankee Candle: Frosty Gingerbread Small £8.99 One of the most popular candles this year has got to be the Frosty Gingerbread from Yankee Candles latest range. The sweet and spicy tones take you straight into a toasty cottage kitchen making a traditional gingerbread house!
Lily Flame: Merry Christmas £9.00 What sums up Christmas more than spiced ginger and orange zest? This candle of course! With slices of flavour placed strategically into a soft wax base, this is the perfect gift for any friend or family member!
Burn Time: Up to 30 hours
Burn Time: Up to 35 hours
Portmeirion: The Holly & The Ivy £9.99 This scent is more floral and fresh with all the elegance of a Christmas wreath! A perfect balance of berries and green notes.
John Lewis: Winter Spice £18.00
Burn Time: Up to 25 hours
Goose Creek: Frozen in Time £12.99 An elaborate name for a scent but this candle really does make you feel like you’re walking through Victoria Park on a cold and snowy day. Created through a combination of citrus scents infused with vanilla, peppermint and cashmere notes, this candle is a breath of fresh air on a chilly winter morning.
Some candles go the extra mile by including the ingredients as part of the aesthetic. The John Lewis Winter Spice candle is surrounded by a gel absorbed array of festive fruits and spices, and looks amazing! Definitely one for the mantelpiece! As well as looking gorgeous, its scent closely resembles that of a classic mulled wine. A winter warmer inside and out! Burn Time: Up to 15 hours
Burn Time: Up to 150 hours
Next: Orange & Star Anise £8.00
Olivia Blake: Cinnamon Bark & White Ginger £12.99
This candle puts the citrus into Christmas! The clove studded scent of the traditional festive orange ornament is replicated perfectly in this Next candle. Made with mandarin, grapefruit and orange for a fruity base with clove, amber and vanilla just to top it off, this really is a Christmas treat!
This candle has a mellow scent of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg with some cedar wood and amber thrown in for good measure! Giving off a subtle hint of Christmas and smelling fabulous! Burn Time: Up to 50 hours
Burn Time: Up to 50 hours M&S: Frankincense & Myrrh £7.50
Wax Lyrical: Fragranced Advent Candle £14.99 An Advent Candle is a wonderful way to get you into the festive spirit and helps you spare your candle right up until Christmas Day! By lighting the candle each day until the wax reaches the following date printed down the side, it keeps you proactive in your countdown to Christmas and smells great too!
Clintons Illuminate: Christmas Spice £6.00 This beautiful candle not only smells amazing with its berries and spice scent but also includes a flourish with an ice dusted holly branch to finish off. The perfect table decoration. Burn Time: Up to 20 hours
The old tradition of Frankincense & Myrrh smells just as good today! This M&S own brand candle works a treat for any friend or family member who likes a good pamper and the gold decor just tops it off as the perfect festive gift! Burn Time: Up to 40 hours
Glade: Spiced Apple & Cinnamon £2.00 Apple & Cinnamon are a match made in heaven! The warmth of the spice hits the powerful fruit and the two combine to make a crumble to remember! The perfect dessert after your Christmas Dinner! Burn Time: Up to 25 hours
If that hasn’t sorted half your Christmas list, I don’t know what will! There’s a scent for everyone at the right price. As much as students love candles, please be aware that most student accommodations do not allow candles in your dorms. Please check with your accommodation before lighting candles to save yourself getting into trouble.
Written by: Bridie Kate Gibbs Design by: Nathaniel Corns 10
Christmas Hairstyles Written by Regina Toth Design By Jack Sims Photography by Kirsty Blackwell
When the family Christmas dinner comes around, no matter if you’re young or old, everyone wants to look their best. If you’re in that awkward phase of teenagehood where you really don’t care, it’s your mum who wants you to look your best. Nevertheless, it’s time to break out the shirts, waistcoats, dresses, ties and smart trousers. Boys get their hair trimmed in advance and shave to look smooth and clean for the occasion, while girls - even the ones who usually don’t usually wear make-up - get the brushes and mascara out and work on their lashes until it’s perfection… and when everything else is so gorgeous, a nice Christmas hairdo is all we are missing.
Christmas Tree Pull-Through Braid There are multiple types of this braid, but the one I’m going to write about is, in my opinion, the easiest one and it requires less fuss and less extra ornaments to make it look like a tree. You will need quite a few small elastic bobbles. You put your hair into two ponytails, one with the top and front parts of your hair at the top of your head and the other all the way down at the nape of your neck. You will work with the top one, parting it into an upper and lower half. You will get the upper half separated again and pull each strand around and under the lower half. You can put the lower half on top of your head, it’s easier to get the two strands together again then, and you tie them with a little elastic - not too tight because you will need to adjust them later. Now your previously lower half (the one that went to the top of your head) is your upper half, and you just continue to repeat the process of parting the upper half into two smaller strands, pulling them around and under the lower one and fastening them with an elastic, each time making sure the strands form a wider circle than the previous one, if needed pulling them from the elastic slightly - these are the levels of your Christmas tree. In the end, when you reach the base of your bottom ponytail, you just part the top bits into two and pull them under the bottom ponytail and tie it there. To decorate, you can use little colourful balls or beads if you want, but the braid itself looks like a tree as well.
Some people prefer the simplicity of a curling iron, giving themselves cascading princess curls for everyone to marvel at, while others just use a few pins to twist an elegant bun to the back of their necks. Here are a few very festive ideas for those of you, who especially love Christmas and would like a little challenge this year:
Christmas Wreath Braid
This style possibly requires another set of hands, so it’s better to have someone help you if you choose this one. You will need to separate your hair into one ponytail at the crown of your head and five or six smaller parts, which you also tie with smaller elastic bands. Then you part them and tie to the neighbouring strand before connecting those all to the main ponytail, creating a snowflake illusion. You could also use a white ribbon to twist around the individual strands to make it look more ‘snowy’.
Even though I said challenge, this one is probably the easiest of the hairstyles. You just plait your hair into a Dutch braid along the top of your head. You can start it from the front, however, I would advise starting from behind your ear so that the part where the start and end meet can be hidden at the back of your head. If you want to, you can tie a red ribbon to one of the strands and follow it along in the braid so the ribbon surfaces from time to time in your wreath. You can also get little red and green beads or small decoration balls and pin them into the finished wreath to make it look like ornaments.
These styles are all true Christmas looks, however, if you don’t want to go all the way with the festive hairstyle you can always wear a classic Ballerina bun, a twisted ponytail or a half up-half down braid. Alternatively, a decorative ribbon, bow or a hairband could easily help you create a beautiful Christmas hairdo as well. No matter what you go with, the main point is that you feel comfortable and pretty, so just have fun and enjoy the celebrations! 13
LUSH CHRISTMAS PRODUCTS 2018 Written by Kiki Calzey Designed by Millie Neal
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas time! If you are looking for special Christmas gifts Lush is a good bet. From bath gifts to knot wrapping gifts and bath time favourites.
santas belly shower jelly
Looking for a gift for your man, dad, grandad? This Christmas indulge the man in your life with this Santa’s Belly shower gel classic bod. Even the men need a good cleanse and a good smelling fragrance. You won’t need to break the money jar for Christmas, it’s just £4.95!
Joy to the World
Bring joy to someone this Christmas with the Lush ‘Joy to the World’ bath set. It’s the perfect bath set for Christmas. You will feel so much happiness that it will make you want to buy more and spread joy around your friends, family and neighbours. Don’t miss out on this special Lush Christmas product. It includes two items in the box: the ‘Dream Cream self-preserving Bath Bomb’ and the ‘Golden Pear Bath Bomb’ – such a classy addition to a bath. You can wrap it and leave it under the tree for a perfect scented pear soap treat. Get this lovely set for just £13.95!
Ho Ho Ho Knot-Wrap!
Santa has got his elves on the job for this one. With this wonderful festive knot wrap, you will have your gifts looking better than any gift you have ever wrapped. It’s the most wonderful time of the year to make even your festive gifts look their best! This aﬀordable wrap is just £4.95.
plum pudding soap
Maybe it’s been a late Christmas shopping night and you need a relaxing bath. Why not try this plum pudding soft melting soap? Watch those winter blues melt away, just lay back and relax. Have a relaxing evening for just £5.75.
This is a great Christmas gift for your nieces or your best friend. Bring back the magic in their lives at Christmas time. What a special bath surprise that will leave them feeling the magic of Christmas. When you wish upon a star your dreams come true. Bright pink baths make your Christmas wish list desires will come to you. This reusable bubble bar is just £6.95!
The Night Before Christmas 14
Just one more night. We are all anticipating the night before the presents are opened, the night Santa arrives with his reindeers. Calm down in a relaxing bubble filled bath 15 with this ‘Night Before Christmas’ bath bomb set. Don’t miss out, it’s just £12.95!
Dreaming of a White Christmas
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas this year? I’m sure you’ve got your hats, scarves and gloves ready for the snow. Close your eyes and take a minute to dream with this wonderful Lush ‘White Christmas’ gift set. Sweet dreams for just £17.95!
Christmas Bathtime Favourites
This box comes with special wonderland bath treats, bath time favourites and includes 9 items. You’ll be left smelling super sweet with these bath time favourites: Snow Fairy Bath Shoot For The Stars Luxury Lush Pud Golden Wonder Cheery Christmas Holy Night Butterbeer Lord of Misrule. The perfect gift for just £49!
How To Stay On Good Terms With Your Skin This Winter Written by Janice Kusters Design by Nathaniel Corns
Most of us want to see a white Christmas this year. The snow looks beautiful and as the weather is cold outside, our homes feel extra warm and comfortable. We are looking forward to cosy blankets, hot tea and pigs in blanket… but this is not all that winter brings, especially if you, like me, have dry skin. While this can be an issue all year round, skin tends to dry out and crack a lot in the winter. It feels tight and itchy which is far from ideal, not only because you want to be as cosy and comfortable as possible this time of year, but also in case you have a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party you want to look extra good for! As someone who has been dealing with this issue, I sat down to share some useful tips and tricks on how to keep your skin happy in the toughest time of the year: •If your usual moisturizer is not oil based, switch it out! An oil based cream will create a protective layer on the skin and prevent it from drying out. Most night creams are oil based, so if you don’t want to purchase anything new, you could just use your night cream during the day for the winter months. If you got an oily t-zone, try and keep the cream away from that area, use your regular moisturizer for that. •Drop your moisturizer or lotion in your bag and use it more often during the day. This will help to hydrate your skin and will work wonders when your skin starts to feel tight and itchy. Just the itching will probably make the feeling worse, but massaging in some lotion will effectively get rid of the itch – even if you just use your hand cream. •Exfoliate your face, as it will get rid of the dead skin. This will help your moisturiser and other creams to penetrate the skin more easily! •Lay low on the peels, clay-based masks, toners and astringents during the winter time. These are all stripping good oils from your skin and dry it out. Instead, try foaming or milk cleansers and go with the deeply hydrating face masks. •Apply some sun cream or moisturizer with SPF protection. You are not safe from UV rays just because it has gotten cooler! Especially if snow falls, it will reflect the UV rays and causes more damage than you can imagine. So make sure to protect your skin. •Dress warm and wear gloves! Cold air can draw the moisture out of your skin when warmly dressed your body heat will be trapped and can act as a barrier from the cold air and prevent your skin from drying out. •Get yourself a humidifier. Heating systems will blast hot dry air through homes, shops, offices and university buildings. A humidifier will get some of that much-needed moisture in the air to prevent your skin from drying out as quickly. Now, not all of these tips will work for you, so it will take some trial and error to figure out what is best for your skin. If the problems persist, however, go and see a dermatologist or doctor. They can usually recommend some specific creams, or prescribe the medical grade ones. These will do wonders!
Written by Jess Hiatt Designed by Stephen Faddes Another idea for the best tacky Christmas jumper is to go down the vintage route. These are the Christmas jumpers you would find in your grandparent’s wardrobes, straight out of the eighties and nineties you cannot beat a good problem pattern. You can find these in Leicester’s Silver Street vintage shops, or in charity shops if you are lucky. The jumpers usually include some kind of repetitive pattern that has some tie to the festive season such as snowflakes, reindeer, snowmen and all that jazz. These are my personal favourite style of Christmas jumper and probably the most ‘trendy’.
Here we are again, back into the Christmas season, and with that comes the urge to dress up in the most cringe-worthy Christmas jumpers we can find. I think it is a collective weakness that we all share when joining in with the December festivities, whether you love or despise them, it is always entertaining to see what kind of Christmas sweater people go for. So I’m going to give you some advice on finding the best ugly Christmas sweater. First oﬀ, throw your everyday fashion sense out the window. Nobody can look ‘cool’ in a Christmas jumper, so don’t even try for that! This particular item of clothing only comes around for one month of the year so I recommend going as bold as you can. Whatever you think you know about fashion doesn’t apply to ‘Xmas jumpers - the tackier and wackier the better. If you don’t like going down the expensive route, Primark produces a range of Christmas sweaters; a personal favourite is the Grinch jumpers which are bright red and green (obviously) - can’t get much more festive than that. Characters and Christmas icons we all know and love are fun features on a jumper, especially for the kids, and the kids at heart.
Christmas jumpers are so easy to find if you know where to look. Most places have now catered to this trend and will proudly display their ugly Christmas sweaters way before the first of December. If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful Christmas sweater to wear once or twice then I would recommend heading to Primark or the charity shops to see what is on oﬀer. However, if you would like to go more stylish I would check out Depop and places online to find the perfect vintage knitted sweaters. They are so easy to style and would look with some straight leg jeans or corduroy trousers to fit in with the eighties and nineties trend, then chuck on your winter boots and warm coat or jacket, and you’re good to go. So whether you are going to adorn a Christmas tree, Rick and Morty or a cat in a Santa hat, wear your ugly Christmas sweater with pride, and know that you are pulling oﬀ the best fashion trend of all time.
The Best Winter Accessories of 2018 Written by Francisca Quádrio Design by Jack Sims
Grab your boots, it’s gonna rain A pair of boots can really enhance your cold-weather wardrobe supporting a colourful coat or a fuzzy sweater. However, if you are up for a challenge, make them the main part of your outfit and style it from there.
Winter is knocking on our doors and we are all excited for nights around the fire and warm soup, or in our case, camping near the radiator and eating ramen noodles.
Ultra Violet was elected the colour of 2018, due to being ‘dramatically provocative and thoughtful’. If you want to embrace the trend, or are willing to go out of your comfort zone, get this dark purple flared heel boots (New Look- £27.99). This would look best with some black grid check trousers or even a boiler jumpsuit. In case you are not a fan of the colour, they also come in black, pink and even mustard.
Nevertheless, it is important to wear appropriate winter clothing. We have all been through that rebellious phase of our lives when our mums tell us to take a coat and an umbrella and we end up ill because we walked home in the cold pouring rain.
Red boots will never go out of style, as they serve all the qualities of a longstanding classic in your wardrobe. They look good with most outfits, suit most occasions and give your outfit a pop of colour. I would pair these red buckled boots (New Look- £29.99) with flared denim jeans and a red turtleneck.
So here are a few accessories that will keep you warm and comfortable.
Tie your scarf on tight This winter you should look into expanding your scarf collection. Scarves are fashionable, adding an extra colour or print to your outfit, and functional, protecting you from the freezing cold. This year’s biggest trend is definitely bright colours. So, when the sky is grey outside, wrap this knitted rainbow scarf (ASOS- £23.00) around your neck. The multicolour stripes allow you to pair this piece with other bold accessories and more comfortable and neutral clothes. If you are looking for something simpler, I would suggest a nude scarf as it is such a versatile winter accessory. This long two-toned one with tassels (ASOS- £14.00) is the perfect choice. You will definitely be warm, but still look great. I would pair this piece with brown boots, a white sweater and black skinny jeans.
Berets for cloudy days What was once mainly used as a symbol of French satire is now in vogue again. Berets are a major trend. They can give you a more artistic or put together look depending on how you style them. For example, put on this black captain’s cap (H&M- £12.99), a knitted sweater and black dungarees to create a casual look. If you rock a more bohemian style you can pair a nude beret (ASOS- £16.00) with a maxi skirt and chunky jewellery. For a more feminine outfit, you can add to your look a baby pink wool-blend beret (H&M - £12.99) and a white faux fur crossbody bag.
Print scarves are the trendiest kind. But if a leopard pattern is too overwhelming for you, there is always the classic plaid. This tartan scarf (ASOS- £6.99) is easy to wear and is as cosy as your favourite flannel. Combine this statement piece with a denim jacket and navy trousers.
Stress Less about your Christmas shopping! Written By Chloe Kite Design By Jack Sims Photography by Thomas Jackson
With Christmas slowly creeping into all the shops, it is a reminder that there isn’t that much time left to buy and wrap presents. Shopping in general can be frustrating for some people, but unfortunately it only becomes an even harder process as the festive time of year draws closer. The long queuing times, smaller spaces to manoeuvre round shops, and overall general business of the shopping centres, is enough to make people feel like Christmas shopping is a big stressful event. Not to forget online shopping too – delivery times becomes extended and gifts sell out quicker. You probably find yourself scrolling down endless pages of gifts to find the perfect one at the right price, and this can seem all seem so time consuming and somewhat annoying at times. This all probably sounds like one massive headache… but fear not! It doesn’t have to be stressful at all with a little bit of forward thinking
and planning… Decide who you are buying for – if you have a large group of friends or a big family, it can be costly to buy individual presents. One way to keep costs down may be to participate in “Secret Santa”. Putting names into a hat and drawing them at random is a good way for everyone to each have someone to buy for, and at the same time reduce the costs of presents. Doing ‘Secret Santa’ can also be a way of making the Christmas gift buying process exciting! For you can choose to buy humorous gifts for one another or something more serious. It was brought to my attention by my friend Libby of a website called www.drawnames.co.uk. The website is particularly beneficial for ‘Secret Santa’ as it allows participants to set a price limit and a date in which people exchange their gifts. As well as this, there is also the option for everyone to create a wish list of items that they would like for Christmas.
This leads me onto my second point don’t be afraid to ask people what they want (ok maybe not for Secret Santa but for people outside of that). Yes, it may throw people off when you first ask them “what would you like for Christmas?” in which the majority may respond with “you’ll have to get back to me on that”, but it is worth asking anyway. Some people just know what they would like for Christmas and it makes your life a whole lot easier… and it means that someone receives a gift that they want. Thirdly, when you know who you are buying for, it may be wise to set a budget per person. Sticking within a budget is good for your spending – especially if you have other expenditures such as bills etc. It is beneficial if you have a monthly/weekly income, or student finance - to take a manageable portion out of that sum for presents. This means that in the few weeks before Christmas there won’t be
a large amount of money leaving your account at one given time – leaving you on a tighter budget for December/January. One way in which to save money is to look out for the sales. Once you have an idea of what you are getting for people and what money you have, then it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the sales. This can be for online and instore. The notorious Black Friday on 23rd November is when most stores and online sites launch their sales. However, utilizing apps such as UniDays and Student Beans bring to light offers and deals for students – helping reduce the costs of some presents before this date. Websites such as Money Saving
Expert are worth looking at too for further deals. Link below; www. moneysavingexpert.com/ shopping/ If you are thinking of heading into town to do your Christmas shopping, I would recommend going as early as possible. This not only allows you more time to shop but it means that the shops will be quieter giving you time to browse. Overall the environment will be less stressful. Taking shopping bags or a tote bag is advantageous as it saves money and means you can evaluate how much you can carry. If you shop online some tips may be to make use of the filters on websites such as “price low to high”, and
filter down gifts in terms of categories to find what you want or similar items faster. Overall, Christmas shopping can be made stress-less and can be enjoyable. Even making a day out of shopping with friends or family can make the experience more fun and can make it seem less hassle. Christmas is a time to enjoy and spend with people and the purchasing of gifts is only a small part of it. One last tip – if you decide to wrap presents with wrapping paper – make sure to find the end of the sellotape before you start…
Tis The Season To... Article by Sophie Uttams | Design by Gage K. Holland
Lighting up of town, the recycling of seasonal songs, and the comeback of festive jumpers can only indicate one thing: Christmas is coming. Instead of embarking on the yearly Christmas shopping-spree, the gift wrapping, the eager countdown towards the end of the year planning I challenge you to do something different this year; to change and be more intentional with your Christmas preparations. In other words I challenge and urge you to think of others this time of year. This time of year is an opportunity of reflection; counting the blessings and privileges you have whilst remembering those who are less fortunate and are spending their Christmas in different ways than yourself. Christmas is often referred to as a time for giving; spreading the Christmas cheer so to speak. During this festive time we go the extra mile to think about others and to show our appreciation for them. We can maintain a similar attitude, however, towards a difference audience such as those less fortunate than ourselves or enduring difficult circumstances this time of year. Extra thought and reaching out to others can be expressed through different means and initiatives. One festive way to do this would be through Christmas hampers. These are similar to care packages, consisting of boxes (usually covered in wrapping paper), which contain varying food items; some may
consist of typical Christmas dinner ingredients or may contain food with a longer shelf life. When packed and prepared, the Christmas hampers are given out to the local communities, from door to door; essentially bringing Christmas to their doorsteps. It is amazing that a small effort on your part can have a major impact on others, more than you can imagine. Furthermore, another initiative to add a touch of Christmas to others, is through volunteering in places such as hospitals, care homes, community centres and many others. Not only does this ensure Christmas is personally brought to others, but also demonstrates the care and remembrance for those who may be spending Christmas differently this year and or without t h e i r
loved ones. Whether it be a small conversation, a listening ear, a small performance or showcase, a helping hand, such efforts which may seem small to us, could make someoneâ€™s Christmas special. It is the little things that count. In continuation of this idea, our skills, talents and hobbies can be utilised, to ensure people encounter Christmas joy, whilst showing that we are thinking of them. In doing so funds can also be raised in cooperation with charities or independently, and directly using the funds for outreach. Hence the appearance of bake sales, Christmas raffles, Christmas Carolling, volunteering with present wrapping for people, amongst others; all in the name of Christmas and donations. This combination of giving our time and resources adds a sense of fun, whilst our efforts reach beyond our capacities. In the midst of this busy s e a s o n
and through our efforts to bring Christmas to new people, we must not forget to look closer to home. We should make the most of this holiday season by remembering and spending time with our friends and family; both near and distant. Showing your appreciation and extra thought towards your loved ones can be achieved through visits and gatherings, taking on the Christmas cards and postcard traditions which consist of personalised and carefully thought out messages. This could perhaps be travelling abroad to see family, there are also many other ways. Such examples ensure you make the most of the Christmas opportunities, especially as Christmas may be one of the few times in the year where friends and family have more free time. This year, be an advocate for the Christmas spirit, making sure it reaches, not just those familiar to you, but also those in difficult circumstances or simply do not have the same opportunities as you this Christmas. Be more intentional and thoughtful this year.
Therefore, tis the season to give. Tis the season to be consider others. Tis the season to make a difference.
Vegan Food and Living Written by Jay Goodson | Design By Jack Sims | Photography by Jay Goodson
Veganism is really starting to boom now and there is no better time to become one, the number has soared to 3.5 million people now enjoying and thriving on a plant-based diet. Being a vegan student can be an incredibly daunting thought to people considering becoming a vegan, new vegans or maybe even a long-time vegan! Time and time again this statement has been thrown that BEING A VEGAN IS SO EXPENSIVE! Well I am going to bust this myth and prove that you can be a vegan on a budget, you can go out and eat with your friends without having to spend tonnes or request to the chefs to veganise meals. Honestly it's easy peasy once you get used to it and Leicester is incredibly generous to us vegans, the city is the third most vegan friendly in the UK! Why do we become vegan? Is
it for health, the animals, the environment or for all of these? For me it is for the whole shebang! My advice for vegan cooking is to cook in batches and don’t be thrown off by the amount of spices and other little ingredients because they will last you for ever and the difference they’ll make in your dishes will be outstanding. There are so many amazing places to visit in Leicester for some topnotch vegan munch such as Firebug, Orange Tree, Loaded Dog, Currant Affairs (best brownies ever), Doughnotts and Pho. In this article I’m going to show you how to make two of my go to recipes, my favourite dinner and how to make the most delicious cookies ever for those midnight cravings that don’t contain a jillion calories!
Cookies Recipe: Preheat oven to 180c 250g dairy-free butter 225g caster sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp golden syrup 300g plain flour ½ tsp salt 85g dark chocolate
Put the dairy free butter, sugar, vanilla, extract and golden syrup into a bowl and mix till it becomes creamy. Pour in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix some more. Chop up your dark chocolate or your chocolate drops into small chips and mix em’ up. Spoon the mixture onto lined baking sheets leaving distance between so they can expand. Put the baking trays into the oven for 12-14 mins. When they are ready, the cookies should be golden brown.
Easy Peasy ‘fishy’ Pasta: 10g of parsley 70 g of olives 2 garlic cloves 3 tsp olive oil 1 tbsp capers + 1 tbsp brine from the jar 400g of passata/ tinned tomatoes 200g of spaghetti 100g of tenderstem broccoli
Separate the parsley leaves from the stalks, finely chop the stalks and save the leaves for later. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan, add minced garlic, parsley stalks, olives and capers and cook for three minutes. Add a small amount of salt and the salty brine water from the capers, leave to cook for a minute and then add the passata. Leave to simmer on low heat while cooking the spaghetti in a separate pan. Once the spaghetti is half way through cooking add the broccoli to the pan. Once they are both cooked, drain and mix with the sauce then add the parsley leaves.
Ways to stay healthy at Christmas Written by Shaira Ghoorun Design by Jack Sims
*screws up nose and pulls triggered face* “Fruit?! But it’s Christmas!” Very true, but sometimes fruit can be a bit of a change from all the stodgy puddings and stuffing balls that let’s face it, can make us feel a bit sick after a while. It’s good to break it up with something.
2.Drink plenty of water.
This is an important one too – especially if you’re drinking alcohol over the holiday season. It will keep you hydrated (still important, even when it’s frosty and sub-zero outside!) and you’ll thank yourself in the morning after a heavy night out.
3.Go on a couple of walks.
As I mentioned above, the weather is usually pretty grim in December and early January (but to me, it’s an excuse for hot chocolate, cute bobble hats and thick woolly scarves). But if you need an excuse to leave the house for a couple of hours and want to feel a bit healthier and work off the food baby that developed after dinner, walk the dog, or suggest a family walk, or maybe walk to the nearest pub with a friend. It will get your steps up, plus you’ll get to wear cosy winter stuff.
4.Only carry on eating if you’re actually hungry Ah, Christmas. The time of year when it’s dark by the time you finish afternoon lectures, aside from the twinkle of fairy lights and tinsel that seems to be everywhere this time of year, when us students are granted three weeks’ longawaited break away from uni, when many of us choose to head home to our families. Not everybody chooses to celebrate Christmas – some families focus just on Christmas, others just on New Year, some celebrate both, and others, not at all. One thing is for sure though – there’s almost always a Cadbury’s selection box
lurking around the house, along with other assorted treats like cheese and biscuits, cake, and even your mum’s speciality spag bol in that Tupperware dish in the fridge, or your dad’s to die for roast potatoes. It’s hard to even contemplate staying healthy during the Christmas holidays – my birthday is in January and I can never totally fit into my dress of choice due to those pesky holiday pounds! Especially if like so many of us in December, the student loan has faded to nothing and you’re in desperate need of home cooked favourites. Or, you know, just any food
in general. I never really used to worry about overindulging during Christmas break, and it’s not something that should be focused upon too much either. The main priority of the Christmas break is just that – to have a break. However, if you do feel bloated and full with all the Christmas goodies – especially with all the sale bits your family will inevitably snuffle in from the supermarkets on the 27th December – here are a few tips.
This one sounds obvious, but when there’s so much food spread out in front of you it’s easy to get stuck in – at Christmas a house is never short of crackers, selection boxes, mince pies, pastries, etc… (I might stop listing foods now, because it’s actually making me hungry to write about it.) But at the same time when there’s a whole spread laid out in front of you, it’s pretty easy to just eat something because it’s within your eyeline.
5.Don’t feel bad about treating yourself.
While it is important to stay healthy, it’s also entirely normal to splurge at Christmas, especially if you’re likely to be catching up with family and friends over the holidays, so don’t feel bad about it at all. If you’re trying to adhere to a slightly healthier lifestyle but are a little worried about Christmas, then try eating clean during the days leading up to the celebrations, and allow yourself to splurge. It is Christmas, after all!
Most importantly though, remember to enjoy the festivities and have a relaxing break!
Written by Honor Waterfield Designed by Stephen Faddes
Christmas is arguably one of the best times of year. Music, food, presents, spending time with your family – it’s just amazing! When you’re at university, it can be quite diﬃcult to know how to spend your holidays. You have more time oﬀ than at school, and your family will almost definitely want to see you after a long time of not spending time with you (this part is especially tricky if you are an international student and cannot get home). Term oﬃcially ends on Friday 14th December 2018 and we are already counting down the days, unless your classes end on another day, meaning you can possibly start your break early. This article will compare going home during the holidays to staying at uni, but it is your decision on how you spend the festive season!
University can really make you miss home and its comforts. Home cooked food, laundry done for you, nothing else beats it! For those of you that can get home, this is the best option.
Although going home might sound really nice, some things make it impossible. Money, jobs, diﬃcult circumstances and so on, might mean you cannot go home, which of course is a hard concept, but there are some positives. Also, if you have a lot of work that needs doing, you have the advantage of the library.
However, if you do have work to be done over the holidays, such as revision or assignments, it might be best to visit the library before you go and get out the relevant library books - just make sure you don’t need to return them until after term begins again! Your family must be itching to hear about your experiences at university so far, and hear about all the new friends you’ve made (maybe even a love interest?!), so this will make good conversation to fill in the gaps. Also, the Christmas break is a good time to catch up with friends who either stayed behind, or just come back from uni themselves. You can swap experiences, and maybe meet each other’s friends!
In previous years, DMU has held events over the Christmas break, where students who are still on campus can get together, eat food, listen to the gospel choir sing and make new friends. It will be helpful making friends as that means you will not be so lonely, and of course you can make plans together too! Also, if you are part of any groups related to DMU on social media, why not make a post asking if there’s any people staying behind over the break? That way, you can get together and enjoy the holidays. One day, you could even make Christmas dinner at someone’s flat. Being in good company, especially over the festive season, is very important. This also applies to your flatmates! They might be in a position where they cannot go home straight away or at all, so why not make plans with them too? Keep an eye out for any events around campus, in Leicester or surrounding areas (providing you can get there).
In terms of admin, make sure you have everything you need whilst you’re at home. That vital textbook you left on your desk might not be available cheaply on Amazon, and if you live far away, you might not want to travel back to uni just to pick up one item! Also, in terms of your room, make sure it’s locked safely. And don’t forget to throw away or take home any food that might expire whilst you are away. You can always do a food shop before coming back.
Don’t forget to wish your family and friends at home a Merry Christmas either. Keep in touch with them, they will want to know how you are and if you’re doing okay! And if time and money allows, they might even visit you. It may be hard spending time that is meant to be for family away from them, but you will definitely not be alone.
Going home is one of the nicest things about being at university. Value every second you spend with your family and friends. They love you so much and are all very proud of how well you’re doing!
Whatever you do this Christmas, have fun, be safe and I hope you have a wonderful time.
WRITTEN BY JAKE BAUGH • DESIGNED BY ATANAS DOYKOV
years ago, under a shining star in Bethlehem, a magical event happened. An event that would end up defining the month of December. On that day, a man in a red and white coat with a long white beard parked his lorry up and handed out coke to a new-born baby known as John Lewis. And on that day, they ate Brussels Sprouts, covered the stable in lights and sat down to watch the latest Doctor Who Christmas special. And thus, Christmas was born. Or at least you could be forgiven for thinking something similar to this happened, given how the day is celebrated now, two thousand-and-something years later. Because Christmas is no longer solely religious, it’s a commercial event. Similar effects have of course been felt on other significant events in the calendar such as Easter, Halloween or Thanksgiving but none quite so much as the birth of Christ. The Nativity is now a sideshow to the main event. Buying presents, Christmas adverts, making the outside of your house a danger to photosensitive epileptics have forced the religious aspects down to cheap decorations, the occasional choir and questionably acted pre-school nativity plays. Is this okay though? Is it alright to take something which
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means so much to a not insignificant portion of the population, and to monetise it? When someone says Christmas in the modern day your first thought probably isn’t of Jesus, but instead a painful reminder that you still haven’t found something to get your girlfriend yet (sorry Phoebe…). After all, the world becomes more corporate focused every day. Capital is prioritised over consumers in our day to day life, so can we really let this affect something so sacred? I think we can. Things evolve over time and whilst Christmas isn’t quite as revered as it used to be now, we use it to celebrate other things. Just above the desk where I’m writing this, I have a pinboard, and scattered over it are photos of my friends and family. In the middle there’s two photos of me and my extended family gathered at Christmas. Sure, we’re wearing ridiculous hats, gaudy jumpers and my uncle’s riding a ridiculous inflatable reindeer, but we’re all grinning from ear to ear. Because for us Christmas isn’t about Christianity, but it’s not about commercialism either. It’s about having an event to come together for. It’s about showing each other that we care. No matter how much money you sink into Christmas, it’s still a chance to come together with those who know you, and love you, the most.
Photoghraphy By Thomas Jackson
To me, Christmas has always been about spending time with my family and enjoying each other’s company. We’d all get a little dressed up for the day, and then do nothing but eat too much food and watch some Christmas TV. As a kid, I’d read my new books or play a couple of games, whilst my parents organised the leftover food, and my Grandpa feel asleep on the sofa and snored so loudly he woke himself up… But, now I’m older it’s sometimes a little harder to recreate the nostalgic feeling of Christmas, especially now I’m at university. So, I’ve had to create my own version of Christmas with a few different ingredients to get myself into the spirit. So, here’s the recipe for my perfect Christmas: Step 1) Preparation is very important for this recipe. So, first things first, change into your comfiest pair of pyjamas, complete with fluffy socks and huge jumper just in case you get cold. Step 2) Combine one set of fairy lights with your Christmas tree, making sure you’ve got an even distribution throughout the mix. This will work with any kind of tree, but personally I prefer a real tree, just because it makes my house smell AMAZING for about a month. Step 3) Mix the coldest of evenings with a dash of hot apple cider, to keep the heart warm and happy. This can be substituted for mulled wine if you’d prefer, this is all down to personal taste.
Ingredients to MY perfect Christmas Written by Phoebe Lindley Design By Jack Sims Photography by Kirsty Blackwell
Step 4) Snuggle on the sofa with your pets or favourite blanket and enjoy watching Nigella – because who could be more Christmassy in Britain than Nigella Lawson? Step 5) Add in two cinnamon sticks and an army of gingerbread men to… well, to every meal you eat, to ensure your Christmas spirits are never low… Not to mention they taste delicious. Step 6) Re-watch all your favourite Christmas films and TV episodes because it’s your life and you can do as you damn well please (and yes, you are absolutely allowed to watch ‘A Nightmare Before Christmas’ again – after all, it’s got Christmas in the title!). Step 7) While you wait for the big day to arrive, why not dig out some card or board games to play with friends or family? Just remember, Monopoly always takes longer than you’d expect and will inevitably end up in arguments, so maybe save that one until AFTER the presents... Step 8) And finally, add a gentle dusting of snow atop the roofs and along the hills. Not only does this make everything look far more picturesque, but it means you can have snowball fights and go sledging in a nearby park. All this being said, the holiday season is so special because you can tailor it to include what you want it to. You can personalise your very own recipe to achieving the perfect Christmas, or just the perfect holiday in general. Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have a wonderful time and a wonderful holiday season this year, and you get to spend it doing whatever you choose to do. 37
Is Christmas just for kids?! NO WAY!
Christmas was amazing when I was a child. Getting together with my family, writing letters to Santa, unwrapping loads of presents – everything was exciting. But as I grew older the magic didn’t go away. Yes, the presents went from being cool Barbie dolls to socks but, even so, I don’t believe Christmas is just for the kids. It’s an important religious holiday for many and a time of joy for all because of things it represents. I compiled five reasons that make me love Christmas even more now than when I was little. Firstly, and, let’s be honest, most importantly, the FOOD (and drinks of course). Christmas day is the ultimate time to relax and indulge. I stopped eating meat a while ago so I don’t look forward to most of the Christmas food anymore, but here’s a few treats I still enjoy: mince pies, trifles, every item on the Christmas roast apart from Turkey (sounds sad, but Turkey was actually my least favourite bit), Celebrations, Roses, Heroes (all the chocolate...) and, of course, mulled wine. For all you meat eaters, who doesn’t love pigs in blankets?! I swear they make me revaluate my decision to go veggie.
Christmas day and Boxing day are also a great time for family reunions. As someone who doesn’t see their family very often (like most students), it’s good to spend the holidays with them and treat them to something nice. Also, getting away from the responsibilities of day-to-day life can be relaxing and Christmas is the perfect time to cosy up on the sofa, play board games and watch ‘crappy’ TV with your family. Plus, who doesn’t love a reason to watch Christmas films? As well as showing appreciation for family, Christmas is a great time to show gratitude to your friends. It’s the ideal holiday to get together for a drink or a meal and have a catch up if you haven’t seen them in a while. It’s also good to express appreciation for the things friends do for us, things we can take for granted for the rest of the year. We can lose touch with our peers at home while we’re at university, so it’s good to reunite during the festive season and grab a hot chocolate or, even, do some Christmas shopping together.
Written By Sara Torres Design By Jack Sims Photography by Ryan Link 38
Another thing that we can’t forget during the festive season is remembering those who need our help the most. Christmas can be a special time for so many of us, but there are others who are suffering through it, who are not able to spend it with their families or don’t have a family or home to spend it in. Christmas can be a great way to help us grow closer together with people we don’t know while lending them a helping hand. It can be rewarding to spend some time during this holiday volunteering or making donations to charities. And finally, Christmas is a time to contemplate. I believe there is a certain magic during this holiday. Things that were mundane become wonderful, like streets, buildings, houses. Christmas markets pop up everywhere and they’re the perfect excuse to spend a day out on a cold day. There seems to be joy in the air and people are happier. Everything is illuminated, decorated and, suddenly, there are so many beautiful things to look at. Christmassy things.
Wrap up warm, pop the kettle on and chill to the Sound of Winter playlist! Weâ€™ve got the perfect selection of songs to keep you feeling cosy through the chilly winter nights.
Playlist by Dilber Mogal. Graphics by Bridie Gibbs.