Think of Us as Your Very Own Elves

Sisters on a year-round treasure hunt for fabulous festive ideas to share.

So you can make this Christmas THE Christmas!

Less Stress.  More Inspiration.  More Fun.

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We’re sisters Hannah and Jo.  Ten years apart in age and living on either side of the Atlantic, we are both completely and utterly Christmas OBSESSED!

Hannah & Jo in front of a Christmas Tree

We love nothing more than spending an afternoon together (whether in person or over Zoom), cuppa and biscuit in hand*, as we plan for the upcoming festive season.

Yes, we are those people that shop for baubles in April and menu plan in July!

Our shared passion for all things Christmas is the perfect antidote to our hectic daily lives.  And we LOVE it!

*In case you’re wondering, it’s always tea.  As for the biscuits, M&S Extremely Chocolatey Milk Chocolate Rounds are our absolute favourites.  Agree? Come over, we’ll share a box! Prefer something else? Perfect, we can split a selection tin!

Year-Round Christmas Corner

We were brought up on homespun Christmases full of fun and cheer. And we’re passionate about sharing these now as adults.

We’re not looking for the most opulent Christmas, or the most perfect.

We just want more of that North Pole wonder.

More magical memories.
More thoughtful touches.
And more time to actually enjoy the festivities!

So in 2020 we created Jolly Festive.

It’s our little year-round Christmas corner!

A place where we can unleash our full festive passion and sprinkle North Pole magic far and wide.

We’re fit to bursting with ideas, information and inspiration and we can’t wait to share it all with you.

So that you can create your best Christmas yet!

Hannah & Jo on Jo's Birthday Blowing Party Blowers

Your Very Own Elves

Hannah & Jo laughing
Hannah & Jo smiling

Think of us as your very own elves.

Full of info and ideas, and ready to spread festive cheer!


practical ideas that really work


easy delicious recipes


thoughtful affordable gifts


fabulously fun days out


latest news, trends & finds


ways to spread Christmas spirit in your community

Perfectly Yours

We want to be crystal clear: we’re not saying you have to do it all.

Far from it!

We’ve both been there and done that on trying to wear the ‘perfect Christmas host’ badge.

It’s exhausting.

In fact, we believe the only way in which Christmas should be ‘perfect’ is that it should be perfectly yours. Your way of celebrating. At a level that works for you.

So harness your inner Marie Kondo and simply pick the ideas that will spark joy for you.  A tip that makes life easier.  Something that will be loved.  A way to add extra sparkle to your festivities.

C’mon, let’s make this Christmas THE Christmas!

Less Stress.  More Inspiration.  More Fun.

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More About Us

Big Sis - Hannah

Big Sis - Hannah

Travel enthusiast, serial PTA committee member and once-upon-a-time corporate & hospitality businesswoman. Living in suburban Surrey with her husband and their two boys. 

Favourite Christmas Memory

.Duetting to Disney Christmas Singalongs with Jo.  I got married at Christmas time too (it even snowed .. talk about North Pole magic!)

Favourite Christmas Food

Pigs in blankets – for reasons known only to our Mum, we never had them growing up!  I’m making up for lost time now…

Favourite Christmas Movie Character

Richard Attenborough’s Kris Kringle.  I believe!

Favourite Tree Ornament

With a tree full of memories, it’s hard to know where to start!  That said, the Christmas pickle Jo gave us is definitely the one my boys love the most.

Best Gift You've Received From Jo

The most gorgeous musical Christmas snow globe which takes pride of place every year.

When Do You Decorate Your Home For Christmas?

Late by today’s standards.  Around mid-December, to give the tree a good chance of surviving into January.

The One Christmas Activity You Can't Miss!

Can I have two please?! Wrapping sessions with Jo and Christmas Carolling at Hampton Court Palace.

Best Thing About Jolly Festive

All the amazing people we meet and get to know.

Little Sis - Jo

Little Sis - Jo

Former professional chef, event manager & global nomad. Now a paediatric occupational therapist living in a central Philadelphia apartment with her fiancé.

Favourite Christmas Memory

Staying up late with Hannah on Christmas Eve, singing songs in our PJs whilst prepping food (and other things *wink wink*) for the Big Day!

Favourite Christmas Food

Living in the US where I have limited access to mince pies means they always taste even better when I have one now!

Favourite Christmas Movie Character

Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation –I feel his passion and desperation for the perfect Christmas!

Favourite Tree Ornament

I don’t play favourites with my Christmas ornaments –I love them all equally!

Best Gift You've Received From Hannah

Tickets to my first ever concert when I was 12 years old (Destiny’s Child) –I don’t think I’ve ever felt cooler or more grown-up!

When Do You Decorate Your Home For Christmas?

Pretty early! We tend to use Thanksgiving weekend (end of November) as our chance to decorate. My fiancé works selling Christmas trees throughout December so this way we can do it together!

The One Christmas Activity You Can't Miss!

The games!! We are a big game family so I love breaking out the board games over the season.

Best Thing About Jolly Festive

Working with my big sister & best friend! I love all of the recipe developing too!

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