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As 2014 draws to a close, let’s take a minute to look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of the year.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, the no make-up selfie
2014 has been labelled by many as the year of the seflie, with a 500{20156fe61baea400d2663eb990f17abdabeb6ef183a2129287a793abd8ac1d8a} increase in the use of the word on Twitter, and while many people moaned about the no make-up selfie claiming it was just a way for woman to promote themselves on social media, there’s no denying its’ amazing contribution to Cancer Research, by raising £8m in just six days.

On the second day of Christmas my true love didn’t give me Scottish Independence
Whether you were for it or against it, after votes were made on Thursday 18 September, on 19 September Scotland rejected independence.

With 3.3 million comments, posts and likes on 18 September alone, the Scottish referendum was the most popular topic discussed by the UK on Facebook in 2014, just above the ALS ice bucket challenge.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Monty the penguin
The prize for the best Christmas advert for the third year running has to go to John Lewis with Monty, the penguin that caught the nation’s heart.

Second prize goes to Sainsbury’s with its heart-warming depiction of the First World War. However, many disagree and have named it a dangerous and disrespectful way to sell groceries.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, the Oscars
This year’s Oscar Awards saw 12 Years a Slave win best picture, Gravity win best director, The Great Gatsby win best costume design and, no surprise here, Frozen crowned as the best animated feature. But what do you remember most about the Oscars? Many would say Ellen DeGeneres’ famous selfie Tweet. It was shared on Twitter more than three million times making it the most shared message in Twitter’s history.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five gold rings
Held from 7–23 February 2014 in Sochi, officially known as the XXII Olympic Winter Games and comprising 98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines, this year’s games cost around £31 billion, making it the most expensive Olympics to date.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, the ALS ice bucket challenge.
Invented to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disorder, the ALS ice bucket came in all shapes and sizes. With over 2.4 million ice bucket-related videos posted on Facebook over the summer, the trend raised £2.7 million in just one week.

As for the cynics, I’m with Susanna Reid on this one – “you don’t have to do the ice bucket challenge. You don’t have to donate to charity. And you don’t have to watch.”

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, the World Cup
While England, yet again, showed a poor performance at this year’s football World Cup tournament in Brazil, many enjoyed the Spain vs Holland game, and not forgetting the 7-1 win for Germany against Brazil with an unbelievable five goals in just 18 minutes.

The World Cup 2014 was also the most tweeted about event in Twitter’s history with 672 million tweets!

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Following on from Thanksgiving and typically seen as an American tradition, this year saw shoppers from all across the UK go crazy on what was the busiest day on record for online retailer Amazon UK – Black Friday. Visa predicted £360,000 would be spent every minute!

On the ninth day of Christmas we lost a true legend, Mrs Doubtfire
For film lovers all across the world, Tuesday 12 August was an extremely sad day as we learned Robin Williams had passed away. As a 90s child, I will always remember Robin for Mrs Doubfire, Good Will Hunting, Hook and Jumanji.

With two Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards, it’s clear Robin was a fantastic actor and comedian, who will be dearly missed.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Tweet from the Monarchy
Who’d have thought it – the Queen tweeting! Well, it’s happened! On 24 November 2014, the Queen posted her first ever Tweet which read “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.” After just 24 hours, it had been retweeted 36,000 times and favourited 37,000 times.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Instagram overtook Twitter
After being bought by Facebook in 2012, Instagram yesterday announced it has 300 million active users, which means it has overtaken Twitter in terms of user numbers. Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom optimistically said the company would “continue to grow”.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love Ed Sheeran gave to me, Band Aid 30!
Announced on 10 November 2014 by Midge Ure and of course, Bob Geldof, Band Aid 30 was selflessly created to raise money and awareness for the Ebola crisis. Recorded by some of the biggest-selling artists in the UK, Band Aid 30 includes vocals from Bono, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding, Seal and my future husband, Ed Sheeran – check it out on YouTube here.

…and a partridge in a pear tree.