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Exactly how far ahead of the big day is it acceptable to start openly feeling Christmassy?  This is not a hypothetical question – I’d genuinely like to know.

Because you see, I start to feel festive from about September the 1st.  I hold it in as best I can but by October I’m ready to burst with plans and excitement.  I want to play Christmas songs, I want to wear Christmas jumpers, I want to eat my weight in mince pies.  But I don’t, because I’m a grown up and apparently it’s not ok to bounce around like Mrs Christmas, when the children have just gone back to school.

Ashleigh & burwood white Christmas candle

I want to watch Santa Claus the Movie, The Night They Saved Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, The Polar Express, Meet Me in St Luis and The Snowman on a daily basis – but I settle for The Nightmare Before Christmas….which is a Halloween film and not a christmas film in any way.

Ashleigh & burwood white Christmas candle

I have to find secret ways to revel in my slightly premature Christmas cheer.  I add cinnamon to my hot chocolate, there’s a little glitter in my nail polish and although you wouldn’t know unless I showed you, my socks have reindeer on them today  🙂  And now I’ve been introduced to a new way to be secretly festive.

Ashleigh & Burwood have released a White Christmas candle.  Isn’t it pretty?

Ashleigh & burwood white Christmas candle

 There’s something so delicate about the white and silver packaging and there’s no red wax or gold ribbon in sight, so you can get away with displaying it before December 1st.  If you can bear to part with it, the candle comes in a luxurious box topped with a little bow, so it would make an impressive gift.


‘But what does it smell like?’ I hear you cry, ‘does it smell like Christmas?’

Well yes and no.

If you’re expecting hints of apple and cinnamon, pine or ginger, then I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.  This candle does not smell like every other ‘Christmas candle’ on the market.  For a start it smells like perfume rather than air freshener – if they released the scent as an eau de parfum, I’d be the first in the queue to buy it!  It smells of musk and rose and caramel and a spice that I can’t quite put my finger on.  As though you’d walked into a grand house with beautiful floral displays, log fires lit and biscuits baking in the kitchen.

Ashleigh & burwood white Christmas candle vintage teacup

It smells like posh Christmas 🙂  and now my house does too!

I know it’s early but the candle has 45 hours of burn time, so I should still have a little left by December 25th and anyway, who decides when it’s acceptable to start burning Christmassy candles?

If you’re already feeling warm and fuzzy about Christmas and would like the chance to enjoy some under cover festiveness like me, you might like to enter my competition to win an Ashleigh & Burwood White Christmas candle.

Merry (not even almost) Christmas!!

Love Rachel


PS.  This is the first of a dozen giveaways that I’l be hosting between now and Christmas, so be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to make sure that you don’t miss out or look out for #12christmasfollies on social media

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*I was gifted this product for the purposes of a review and giveaway but these are my honest opinions.

Competition open to UK residents only*

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  • Rachel Coggin

    I’m glad it’s not just me! I started burning a Christmas Yankee at the weekend, I couldn’t quite justify Candy Cane Lane, but I settled for Merry Berry – it smells like fruity Christmas cocktails. I’ve already started planning our Christmas party and yesterday got asked on a Christmas do 🙂

    • VintageFolly

      Yeah for early Christmas folk!! Good luck in the competition – I’m sure this would make a great addition to your candle collection 😊

  • Liz Purkis

    I love candles and Christmas. Bath time is so much nicer with candles. I love Christmas too. The shopping is coming along nicely. We have to wait till after my son’s birthday on 4th December to put the tree up and start watching films. Only fair but it hard to contain. We buy new stuff for the tree each year. I now have a crazy amount. My Auntie gave me her old baubles which are at least 50 years old. It’s so lovely putting them on my tree.

    • VintageFolly

      Oh my vintage baubles 😊 squee! I love them. Xxx

  • Abi Clarke

    erm… I have my Christmas Candles all year round ! – you see, not only am I a winter baby but I’m a December winter baby so I love the smell of christmas candles and winter spice bleach obviously not together but I do buy in bulk in the winter so that it lasts pretty much the rest of the year. And in fact I love the time of Christmas so much that I purposefully decorated the house so a select few Christmas ornaments can be left out all year round and nobody would know – Clever planning on my behalf I thought! In terms of Christmas movies – we watch them all year round and the kids of got a stupid Christmas joke book that isn’t really funny any more but they still find it awesome – So that’s my reasons for never ending Christmas!

    • VintageFolly

      I love the fact that you have a ‘never ending Christmas! Good luck x

  • julie kenny

    I love Halloween and on Halloween night I always get excited as I think …wow Christmas is coming! xx

    • VintageFolly

      I think a few pepole have Halloween as their watershed. I wish e made more of it in the UK x

  • Diana

    Usually the day after Thanksgiving!

    • VintageFolly

      How do you manage to stay so patient!? X

      • Kayley

        It helps that I have other decorations up (Thanksgiving related) before the switch. 🙂

  • Hayley F

    When it gets to september, thats when i start feeling christmassy. It goes so quick between now and christmas though. Loving this candle x

    • VintageFolly

      Ha! You’re like me then, chuffed to bots when the decorations hit the shops 😊

  • Claire Mason

    I start to feel festive from 1st October but keep it under wraps. Then as soon as halloween is gone that’s it I’m full blown Christmas ready.

    • VintageFolly

      This sound just like me 😄

  • Susan Law

    Not normally until after Halloween – I love decorating my house for Halloween so dont like to have anything else around but as soon as that is over I start my Christmas preparations – big time 😍

    • VintageFolly

      I love that you make a fuss of Halloween. We put a few decorations up but we get very few trick or treaters 😣

  • Sarah L

    Wow, this candle sounds amazing! I really need one!! I love that it doesn’t smell like every other Christmas candle. It sounds truly amazing and I love the packaging, so pretty! xx

    • VintageFolly

      Me too!! Everything’s so samey these days. It’s great when you find something a bit different x

  • Tom J Morrison

    Don’t normally feel Christmassy until the tree and decorations go up

    • VintageFolly

      Wow. I feel Christmassy now! 1st of December sees me itching to put the tree up ha

      • Tom J Morrison

        Good for you 🙂

  • Erin Ek Rush

    I’m American so I reallly try to hold off until Christmas until after Thanksgiving (even though I live in the UK!)

    • VintageFolly

      I’ve heard this from a lot of Americans. Do you take it down on the 26th? My friend does that!!

  • Ickle Pickle

    Oh I totally agree with you – October is perfectly acceptable to me 😉 I LOVE candles and this looks divine. Kaz x

    • VintageFolly

      Well then it’s decided. Let’s put the tree up.haha

  • I love candles, I’m using them all the time in my apartment. Makes the autumn and christmas season so much warmer. I really like the way this one looks 🙂

    • VintageFolly

      Me too. I love the glow from.a candle x

  • Leila Benhamida

    Mainly when Halloween is out if the way. I love enjoying the autumn first before I can think of Christmas. 1st if November is usually the date when I start to think about Christmas.

    • VintageFolly

      Yeah maybe I should slow down and enjoy this season first x

  • Lisa Rowsell

    Not long after Halloween is when I start to get excited about Christmas! I really love the look, and sound of that candle.

    • VintageFolly

      It’s lush! ! I am looking forward to Halloween, despite my Christmasyness 👻

  • Any man who buys me a candle has the key to my heart. Love the smell of a bath candle, vanilla, almond, ‘baby powder’ yep yep yep!

    • VintageFolly

      Oh I love candles too. Bath Time isn’t the same without one x

  • Andrea

    I love Christmas, but try not to get too excited, before December

    • VintageFolly

      You have more self control than I do haha

  • Beautyqueenuk

    It is always acceptable to burn candles, all year round x

    • VintageFolly

      Whether they’re Christmasy or not 😉

  • Claire Thomas

    Lurve Christmas – I wanted to wear elf ears today to an event but my friend said no 🙁
    Already thinking gifts, though I won’t talk about it until November for the risk of a telling off!

    • VintageFolly

      You should have worn them. I would’ve backed you up 100%

  • Viki Marden

    I am so with you, I want to watch Christmas films and blare christmas songs in my car 🙂 this candle looks so pretty, I love the way you say it as posh christmas 🙂 x

    • VintageFolly

      Let’s just do it!! Let’s do all the Christmas things now ha! X

      • Viki Marden

        Certainly sounds like a plan to me 🙂

  • Laura

    Once my birthday is over with in September then its full steam ahead to Christmas! Although I do like to get Halloween out of the way first xxx

    • VintageFolly

      Beth’s birthday is in October. I try soooo hard not to get too Christmassy before then 😊

  • LaaLaa

    I like the sound of this candle, sounds very different compared to others, posh Christmas -why not! xo

    • VintageFolly

      😄 honestly if you smell it, you’ll know exactly what I mean!

  • Haha you really do love Christmas huh, its great that you welcome it with open arms.I love the look of this candle too.

    • VintageFolly

      Ha! Yes, yes I do 😄

  • Such cute packaging, I love Christmas candles like this x

    • VintageFolly

      It’s pretty isn’t it x

  • fashion-mommy

    I feel Christmassy when the German Market arrives in Birmingham.

    • VintageFolly

      I LOVE the Germans Christmas Market!! X

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    I think it’s OK to embrace Christmas now, otherwise it would be a pretty gloomy time of year wouldn’t it. This candle sounds gorgeous

    • VintageFolly

      Yeah that’s a good point! We need something to be cheery about x

  • Kira L Curtis

    Sounds so lovely! I know my mum would love this for christmas! So would I!