The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #98

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Hello friends! ‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and the our last rabbit hole adventure for the year, so let’s make it a good one shall we?!

First things first, today is National Maple Syrup Day! Truth be told, I haven’t been able to get enough of the sweet stuff since I was in Canada. If you want to start your day right (and with maple syrup) these Maple, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Overnight Oats might be just the ticket. For something sweet but savoury, you might want to try my Maple Glazed Chicken  and if you’d like a side with that, check out these Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon. Yum! Those are my kind of sprouts! For dessert this  Maple Self Saucing Pudding has my name all over it!

I love Mr and Mrs Romances’ “he said, she said” posts where they discuss the important issues in life. This real vs fake Christmas tree debate is one of my all time faves. I’ve had a Christmas tree for as long as I can remember and it’s always been fabulous and fake! I’ve had gold trees, green trees and now we have a white tree but I’ve never had a real tree. Are you on Team Real Tree or is a fake tree your friend?

It’s so easy to get caught up in the Christmas crazy. Christmas isn’t about being busy, it’s about surrounding yourself with people you love and doing things you love to do. It’s about being grateful and being kind. I loved these 11 important things to remember about Christmas and there are some free printables too! It’s the season of giving after all!

If you’re feeling frazzled and finished before the holidays have even started, check out these tips on how to stress less this festive season. 

There are some cracking Christmas food guides around this year, I love Love Swah’s 20 Festive Christmas DessertsLucy has The Very Best Ice Cream Cakes and to balance things out Jayne has the best Salad Christmas Menu. Sorted!

If like me, you’re partial to a glass of bubbles, you’ll need to check out this definitive ranking of the best ways to drink champagne so you will always drink to bubbles, not troubles!

Doing a yoga class is one of the things still left to do on my 101 things to do in 1001 days. With just 3 days left, it’s unlikely I’m going to cross it off the list. Sigh. In the meantime, I’m going to take a leaf out of Marisa’s book and adopt the yoga approach to life.

1,500 people give all the relationship advice that you’ll ever need. It’s pure gold. I love love as much as I love Christmas!

If you’re already making secret tricks and cunning plans for 2017 you’ll want someplace to remember them, check out these best free 2017 printable calendars  plus I’d love to add this awesome family organiser (a snip at $7.99)  to the list.

Now, a rabbit hole adventure is not a rabbit hole adventure without some puppy love, so check out these cute canines in their finest Christmas couture. Don’t miss the puppies in the stockings, whatever you do!

This is the last rabbit hole adventure for 2017. Me and my trusty co-pilots are taking a break from the Rabbit Hole over the holi-yays but we’ll see you back here bright eyed and fluffy tailed on January 7th, ‘kay? Thanks to everyone who has put on their party pants and linked up this year and made the rabbit hole such a fun place to be! Have yourself very merry everything!

But before you go, tell me what’s on your festive agenda? Tell me about your tree, is it a real deal or a fantastic fake? What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever given or indeed, received? And if you have a pet, will they be dressing up this Christmas?

Every Saturday morning, we will open up the rabbit hole link up for bloggers to add their link list posts or even just their favourite post (if you are not of the link list kind) for the week. Please link only one post. This makes it fair for everyone and allows more posts to be read. Talking of reading, do try and pop along to say howdee to some of  the other lovely linkers. Link up here, over at Calm to Conniption or The Geeky Shopaholic. It doesn’t matter where you add your link because it will appear on all three blogs, as if by magic!  The link up will stay open until midnight the following Monday.

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  • Merry Christmas lovely! Our tree is a fantastic fake and has been re-decorated about 1000 times since it was put up a couple of weeks ago by the boys. We’re staying home for Christmas this year which I’m quite looking forward to. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and New Year xx

    • There’s no place like home, especially at Christmas. I hope your holidays are full of happy and that Oliver has a fabulous first Christmas. xx

  • Wishing you & David a very merry Christmas and hope 2017 brings you good health, happiness and all your heart desires.
    I have enjoyed my Friday night reading down the Rabbit Hole and thought I missed it this week. Today was a holiday over here so it felt like a Saturday all day.
    I was happily surprised to get the reminder in my mailbox ☺
    Thanks for the great links and inspiring posts.
    All the best for the Festive Season

    • Hope you had a lovely day off – I just saw your gingerbread on Insta, you are baking like a boss! Hope your Christmas brings comfort, joy and delicious baked goods and that 2017 is full of all good things! Thanks for joining me on all my rabbit hole adventures – I’ll be back on Tuesday with one last post before I shut up bloggy shop for the year! See you then xx

  • What a year, here’s wishing you and David an awesome Christmas, lovely lady. Thanks for hosting and sharing the love on my calendar, only thing is it does cost $7.99 to download so it’s not on the free train. And you are too gorgeous leaving that comment on Fat Mum Slim. X
    We’ve got a fake tree and one we’ve made ourselves out of sticks. I love them both.
    Our dog will be wearing a bandanna on Christmas Day courtesy of my mother in law, it’s her thing. We’ll be celebrating with family and we’ll have our first guests stay in our home for Christmas on Airbnb. I hope they enjoy our space.
    See you next year Hun xxx

    • Ha! Clearly I need better glasses. I missed the $7.99 bit but have edited the post accordingly. Thanks so much for all your support down the rabbit hole this year – I’ve loved all your links! Good on your mum, every dog needs a Christmas Day bandana! How lucky are those guests getting to stay in your house?! Where are you off to for Christmas? Hope your festive season is jam packed full of fun! See you in 2017 xx

  • Happy Saturday and Best wishes to all for a wondrous season of celebration however its done for you and David. I am team green for the tree and whilst we have almost always had fake, I don’t mind a real one too! Thanks again Sammie, Karin and Paula for making my weekends merry and bright. I’ll be blogging on through the season and my link up on Mondays will continue for any posts..old or new…should you miss bloggy connections! See you back here on 7 January! Love, D xx

    • Thanks for your continued support and joining us all on our rabbit hole adventures. I hope your Christmas is very merry and that 2017 is full of all good things. I may not be publishing posts, but I’m sure I’ll still be reading them! I’ve got one more personal post for Tuesday before I shut up bloggy shop! See you on IBOT! xx

  • LydiaCLee

    Wow – you are all things Maple! Listening to George Maple? Ha ha! Have a great xmas and see you in the new year (on the net)

    • Now I have to google George Maple… Hope your holidays are full of happy and seeing as we’re almost local maybe we can see each other in the new year in real life?!

      • LydiaCLee

        Sounds great! Will see what I can organise in the new year -= let me get thru this week and I’ll look at dates.

        • Yes! Let’s do it! I’m not going anywhere so no rush 🙂

        • LydiaCLee

          And it was George Maple, not Robert Mapplethorpe…he’s a completely different kettle of fish, and she’s ACE! 😉

  • I am kicking myself that I didn’t buy myself some maple syrup from Canada. We got some for Mr M’s parents but none for us!
    Have a fantastic Christmas/New Year Sammie 🙂

    • There’s no such thing as too much maple syrup, amirite or amirite? We didn’t buy any because we were headed to Seattle and to San Fran and we weren’t sure it would survive. Happy Californian Christmas to you! x

  • Enjoy the break and thank you for all the link ups.

  • Our tree is faux these days but when we lived in Wirrabara where pine trees are prevalent, we had real ones that littered the floor with needles. When I was very young I believe we may have had a gum tree branch one year! Thank you and your co-hosts for your awesome work in Rabbit Hole administration throughout the year!

    • I can’t cope with the mess of a real tree but I do rather like the idea of it! Thanks for sharing all those lovely links this year – hope your Christmas is very merry!

  • jess

    I have never had a real tree! I’m more about the glamorously fake…I have a white one with black and red decorations. Not exactly traditional but I love it! Have a wonderful holidays Sammie 🙂

  • Can’t wait to catch up with you in person on Wednesday! We have a fake tree, but when the boys are older and don’t touch the tree as much, I would love to have a real tree {I love the smell}. I haven’t planned out our Christmas menu completely – but Christmas Eve will hold lobsters and bollinger and Christmas Day will hold ham and turkey and christmas pudding.

    • OMG! I wish I was at your house over Christmas – it sounds thoroughly delicious! Can’t wait for Wednesday when I shall deliver my season’s greetings in person xx

  • Absolutely fake. I loathe real trees with a passion. Way too much maintenance and they litter the laneways of the inner west for months!

    We have dressed the bunnies and mini guineas but for photos only. They’re still recovering.

    Thank you for the Love Swah link. I just discovered I’m doing dessert on the 27th for another Christmas lunch. Now to decide which one to choose!

    Best relationship advice? Marry your best friend.

    Thank you for your hosting xxx

    • That is awesome relationship advice. I’m so pleased you found something to tickle your fancy in those yummy posts and I simply must see the festive photos of your beloved bunnies and guinea pigs too. Are the on IG? Happy Holi-yays! xx

  • Fake tree here, only due to the maintenance of a real tree and I basically wouldn’t know where to look for one or how to get it home. We also now have a cat to consider.

  • Team fake tree here. We have had white, black and this year bought a new green one and i love it! Glad I started my day with pancakes and maple syrup. Loved that yoga approach to life post! Happy holidays Sammie xx

    • You are so on the money with your pancakes! That yoga post was a cracker, hey? I think a green tree is a classic, it will never get old! Wishing you all the merry! x

  • merilyn

    thankyou lovely sammie! … rabbit holing is always fun
    and always choc full of delightfulness, just like you!
    wishing you and david a wonderful Christmas and 2017!
    whatever floats your boat or lights your candle that is the tree you should have! … I go scandi with sticks … tumble weed actually!
    I have to create a dessert I haven’t decided what yet!
    much love m:)X

    • Tumble weed sounds really rather magical. I can’t wait to see what dessert you make, I’m sure whatever it is, it will be delicious! Thanks for being here for this year – it’s always so lovely to “see” you, especially on our sojourns down the rabbit hole. Hope you have the happiest of holidays and that 2017 is full of love, peace and happiness. xx

  • I can’t believe I have to really REALLY get organised for the actual day this week. Yay! I feel like I haven’t spoken to you in forever! Thanks for a really great year lovely and have an awesome Christmas. xxxx

    • I know right?! One week til Christmas. How did that happen? We must catch up on the old dog and bone before the big day! I’ve missed you!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Aww the last rabbit hole! But there is always next year right? And thank you so much for including me in your last rabbit hole and thank you for a wonderful year of friendship. I still have your Christmas present waiting for you! 😀

    • There will definitely be more rabbit hole adventures next year – we’ll be back on 7th Jan. Thank you for your friendship too. I’m looking forward to our girls’ lunch with Mochi and the present 🙂 Hope all your Christmas wishes come true xx

  • Happy Christmas Sammie. Thanks for all the sharing and the great comments. See you next year!

  • Merry Christmas Sammie! Thanks for every thing you and your co-pilots have done with the rabbit hole this year. You are certainly the hostesses with the mostest-es (that is SO not a word but I’m running with it). Enjoy your festive break xx

    • I love that you invented a new word just for us! Thanks for playing along down the rabbit hole. Hope you have the happiest of holidays and look forward to more fun and frolics next year xx

  • Enjoy the break Sammie! And thank you for leaving us with lots of links to indulge with this Sunday. I’m just about to get lost in the world of Christmas ice cream cakes 😉

  • Carmel

    If you want to tick the yoga class off your list, and need a friend to hold your hand, I’m going to ‘Hot Yoga’ tomorrow, (tues 20/12), 7am, at Fitness First at North sydney (Elizabeth St). I think I remember from your ‘She’s so inspiring interview’ with your trainer, that you’re a member at FF??… You’re welcome to join me. There is even a good spot in the room where it is not very hot.

    • Oh you are so lovely! I’m working tomorrow but if you’re a regular, I will definitely join you in January. I will do intensive bending until then because I am the most un-bendy person in the world.

      • Carmel

        I try to go to a couple of yoga classes at FF each week, but no, I don’t usually make the Tues 7am class. If I’m going to any evening classes next year, I’ll let you know.
        Occassionally I get to go to early morning classes during school holidays, when my children are at home with my partner, (i.e. he has the day off to look after them, and I don’t have to race home to do school pick ups) – So I’ll probably try to get to a few extra classes over these holidays during Jan. – I’ll keep you posted.

        • Keep me posted, I can get to early morning classes some days although, I should warn you I am pre-beginner level!

  • I’ve never had a real Christmas tree but I really want one… at least once. Maybe it’s FOMO but I just want to have one and see what I prefer….. plus, the whole not having to get the Christmas tree out of the roof/set it up/put it down is very appealing, haha!

    • Yes but if you have a real one, you may not have the setting up but you do have a lot of sweeping up with all those pine needles!

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