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Thoughts on Christmas Day

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Christmas 2021 ReallyRee
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Wow! Well what a year 2021 has been! We weren’t really expecting that were we? It’s Christmas Day and more than anything I wanted to start by wishing you a wonderful day, however you spend it, and to thank you for your support in what has been another worrying year. Knowing you have been there has kept me sane and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you all.

Thank Yous

This site has been a huge part of my life since I started it back in 2010 and I love it like a friend. It is always here for me and the fact its readership has continued to grow, in the face of Instagram obsession and general social media distractions, has meant so much to me.

It can sometimes feel a bit old fashioned to be a blogger without all the bells and whistles of an enormous Instagram following, but this is where my heart is, and this is where my growth is.

This blog is my happy place and I can’t thank you enough for joining me here.

The Most Important People Here

It is all about you, darling readers. Whenever I get a bit lost or confused with the site, and wonder if I am going in the right direction, I think about you. I absolutely adore the readers of this site. You are as nutty about beauty as I am!  If I wasn’t doing this job, I’d be one of the readers that literally stalk every new release, get mad when products don’t launch on time, or sell out too quickly!

I love my passionate readers so much. Cheesy I know, but it couldn’t be more true. I love it when you get cross and impatient for a product. I love it when you correct me because you know even more about your specialist topic than I do.  

I promise to do my best to keep you all up to date and remain as excited about beauty as I always have been.

We share a true, positive and uplifting passion and that’s a real bond!!

If there’s anything I can try and do to improve things round here, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Thank you for everything.

Christmas isn’t Perfect

Christmas is often a tougher time than it looks for a lot of people. I will be completely honest, I far prefer the run up to Christmas to the actual day! My ‘blog Christmas’ tends to run a lot more smoothly than my real life Christmas!

If you ever think that you’re the only family that isn’t having the perfect Christmas, think again! Someone will be crying or shouting or storming off in most people’s houses!

I find Christmas hard because we all miss my lovely daddy. This will be our sixth Christmas day without him, and it never seems to get any less sad. It does get easier though.


This may seem a little out of place as it’s not ‘new news’, but it’s so important for me to remember and honour my dad at Christmas.

My daddy, Charles, passed away on the 25th February 2016 and my world fell apart. There are days when I wonder how I survived it! It still feels so weird to write this as even now it doesn’t always seem real.

In the past, whenever I spoke to people who had lost their dads, and I know quite a few of them, I always wondered how they managed to keep going. I believed that if it ever happened to me I would die of a broken heart. Life without my dad was simply unimaginable. But I have done it. I am still alive almost 6 years later, and as crazy as it sounds, it is actually strangely empowering. Although I am not sure that’s quite the right way to describe it.

Christmas 2021 ReallyRee

I have taken huge comfort in looking after my lovely mummy who is a positive, wonderful superhero. She continues to smile every day and be an active part of our household in spite of her battle with Alzheimer’s. In 2020, she took up a daily exercise video on YouTube and she continues to do it every day, without fail.

The best thing about having mum live with us is watching how kind my almost 19 year old son is to her everyday without fail, no matter how ‘teenage’ he is feeling!

Happy Christmas & Be Kind to You

I think that’s pretty much all from me. Make sure you are kind to yourselves today. None of us are perfect and we are all doing the best we can. So give yourself a break and congratulate yourself on making it through another crazy year. We are all survivors.

We only live once; be on your own side and not your own worst enemy. There are plenty of people out there that can do that for you! But if you let yourself love you and your nearest and dearest, none of those people matter a jot.

Here’s to you! Have a wonderful few days.

Sending love.



  • First of all, I am terribly terribly sorry about your loss. It takes time to live with it, and I love your attitude. And I love your blog, the reviews and the information about skin care. Happy holidays and a good start into the new year!

  • Ree, this has made me cry but in a positive way. Your lovely Dad would be so proud of you, how you have got through this year, how you are looking after your Mum and Ben and still creating an amazing site for all of us. You are an inspiration to me and many others.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Much love Julie xx

  • This was a beautiful post. I can’t believe the similarities in our stories. I lost my Dad in February too and I didn’t realise how hard it would feel this Christmas. Like you, I didn’t know how people carried on but I’m doing it. It breaks my heart that he won’t see me grow into an adult and be there for the rest of my life. Christmas has always been my favourite time of year but this year has felt so different.

    • Hello Poppy. Thanks for your message. I hope Christmas was OK for you. Thank you for reading, I really appreciate it. It made me feel better to share. Lots of love to you and stay strong xxx

  • I am a regular reader who does not usually comment. I just want to say I have lost both my brother and my dad and Christmas is the hardest time each year, bittersweet as you never stop missing them. I am sorry for the passing of your dad earlier in the year, and all I can say is that time does not heal, in my experience. Rather, you ‘learn to live with it’ and time does bring perspective and acceptance and that we must live in the moment and appreciate each day. Thank you for all your posts during the year, I appreciate your blog and send my best wishes!

    • Thanks for your message. I hope you got through Christmas ok this year. Sending lots of love. And thanks so much for reading – I really appreciate it. xxx

  • long time lurker that never comments, but thank you for another year of amazing content. I work in the advertising industry for a beauty client and you’ve been a great source of inspiration and knowledge.

    So sorry to hear about your dad, here’s to a happier and sparklier 2017 🙂

  • I am also a long time lurker but wanted to wish you a very happy Christmas.
    I lost both my parents many years ago but it would have been mum’s birthday on Christmas Day and their wedding anniversary on Boxing Day. Christmas is never the same but it does get easier with time.
    I would like to thank you for all your recommendations. I treated myself to the Cult Beauty advent calendar (usually buy M&S one) and have been bowled over with the contents.
    Best wishes for a healthy 2022.

    • thank you so much for your lovely comment. It is very much appreciated. Glad you loved the CB calendar. You did well to get one. Happy New Year! xxx

  • Dear Ree I found your xmas comments very comforting and enjoyed reading them alot of people go through loss and it shows you never alone with our thoughts
    Keep up your blogs
    Happy xmas linda Thompson


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