The Bookworm’s Christmas Survival Kit

December 19, 2013 Bookish Fun 18

I love Christmas, well most of the time.  But there are times when it all gets hectic; when the in-laws are getting loud, when your husband is skating on thin ice, when the sibling tension rises and when the cat is puking tinsel!  Surely this doesn’t happen only in my house?!  If/When all that that happens, it is time to retreat to a quiet room, lock the door and pull your survival kit out of it’s hiding spot.

The Contents of your Bookish Survival Kit:

1.  Warm blanket to snuggle down under.  Not those silly ones with arms!  We want to be warm and comfy but for the love of God, avoid looking like a sloth in a straight-jacket!


2.  Some snowman soup.  Hot chocolate, add marshmallows and mix up well with a candy cane.  With an optional shot of Baileys if you are old enough and so inclined.

snowman soupBaileys









3.  A stack of books that you haven’t read before.  If you want to add an element of intrigue and surprise, try wrapping some and add some book serendipity to your book selection.


4.  A few well read, well thumbed books for extra comfort if needed.  This one always works for me.

Little Women

5.  Your phone/laptop/tablet to connect with other desperate bookworms via GoodReads, Blogs and Twitter.


6.  And as a bonus, you can also use number 5 to connect to spotify to listen to non Christmas music.  Headphones are essential to block out any voices that are calling for you!


 7.  Your favourite scented candle.  Mine is Fleur d’Osmanthus Scented Candle by Roger & Gallet.  The smell is both floral and zesty and never fails to uplift me.


8.  And if necessary….a key!   Lock the door, put on headphones and escape into your bookish adventure until you are revived enough to join the family again!


And repeat as often as necessary for your sanity! 

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18 Responses to “The Bookworm’s Christmas Survival Kit”

    • trish

      I get tired quickly in big crowds, it’s fun for a while but then exhausting. I’ll def be escaping with my kit over Christmas for quick pick-me-up’s!

  1. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads

    Awesome! I love it! I luckily don’t have to host people yet because we are renting and don’t have enough space. But I do frequently need to escape from the husband and toddler. A survival kit would be a good idea! I tend to lock myself in the bathroom and have a nice warm bath and read I can get away with it because I’m almost 9 months pregnant now 😉
    Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads recently posted…A Glo-Worm’s Thoughts: Book Size

    • trish

      We don’t have a bath in our house but relaxing in a warm bath is one of my favourite things to do. Especially with a book and a scented candle and some nice smellies! Enjoy your little retreats over Christmas Jenn as your New Year will be very hectic :O

  2. Lark

    Such a great post! The only thing I would add to the survival kit is chocolate…and lots of it. 🙂 But isn’t it nice to know you can always escape from the hectic and the busy with a good book…even if it’s only for a little while? Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    Lark recently posted…Jungleland by Christopher S. Stewart

    • trish

      Chocolate is a given at Christmas! I think little escapes with a great book are good for the soul and one of my favourite things about Christmas is that I have lots of time for reading and blogging.
      Happy Christmas Lark, hope you have a great one 🙂

  3. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    Lol I loved this! Snowman Soup, never heard of it, but I love the idea of a little Irish in my hot chocolate hehehe 😉
    And I have been wrapping my books all month so that on Christmas I have tons of books to open that I’ve already half forgot about lol. Makes for an exciting Christmas. (And allows me to catch up on my review books until Xmas).
    Christmas can def be hectic, but these ideas will totally help!

    • trish

      I came across snowman soup at a Christmas Fair years ago and I always stock up with all the ingredients, it’s yum and feels very festive!
      I love that you wrapped your books! I’m going to do a few too as they will look so good under the tree and I’ll love the surprise of not knowing what one I’m choosing.

  4. Wattle

    Oh this all sounds lovely. I so wish we had Christmas during winter and not the opposite, just so I could drink hot chocolate!

    I’m suddenly feeling lucky that our Christmas gatherings are quite small though. All of our extended family lives on the other side of the country so it’s just us and lots of good food, it’s nice, and not stressful!
    Wattle recently posted…Book Review: Timeless by Jan Scarbrough

  5. Angie

    It’s hilarious what you said about Snuggies. I have one.. and my husband has one. A friend got them for us a few years ago. I can’t stand them. They create so much static too. I feel bad because when he comes over he is probably looking for them!
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    • trish

      Ditto with my Kindle. Even a half hour or so can really revive me and make me feel like myself again 🙂
      Happy Christmas Amy, hope you have a great one.

  6. Cayce

    I LOVE this post! Baileys! Yum~ I love music, too, but headphones are not really my thing. At least not while I’m at home. Luckily, the wall are thick (I like my music loud). And I also would add to my “kit” my Kindle and some cookies 🙂
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  7. Leanne @ Literary Excursion

    Baileys should almost be a requirement this time of year, if not on to the straight whiskey. 😉

    I’ve never had to use a holiday survival kit because all the big family gatherings are at others’ houses, and they’re usually very understanding about me leaving early since I’m the one with the farthest drive to get home. I get just the right dose so I guess I’m lucky!
    Leanne @ Literary Excursion recently posted…Reading in the New Year {Challenges & Goals for 2014}

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