That’s right.. the best time of year is upon us. As I am supposed to be writing two essays I thought it would be perfect time to write about my favourite things to do in the festive season- aka procrastination at its finest!
Yes, I am one of those people that 50% of people will hate- I whip out my Christmas hits and Micheal Bublé CD as soon as possible! I am a firm believer that once you hear those first notes from “all I want for Christmas is you” a smile will immediately appear on your face – even if it is after December 1st. I think as I am such a music lover this was always going to be one of my favourite things about the festive season- nothing will ever beat singing at the top of yours lungs when “Last Christmas” comes on, and screaming the insults of “Fairy tale of New York” at the pub on Christmas eve surrounded by loved ones.
Traditions are the thing I love most about Christmas, some of them have nothing to do with being festive- apart from the fact that we happen to do them in December- but they are my favourite thing in the world to do. My family has some weird traditions (I mean the fact that I have seen 20 Queen speeches, and actually couldn’t imagine Christmas without seeing one is a weird concept for some people), I just adore spending time with loved ones and embracing the Christmas spirit. Which brings me on to….
Going to garden centers
I know this one sounds odd, but the only time of the year I head to a garden center is December. I’m not sure what it is but they are the most festive place on earth. There is nothing better than spending the day walking around a (sometimes hideously) decorated garden center, listening to Christmas music, getting a festive warm drink and treating yourself to a Christmas related gift that you 100% don’t need.
I absolutely love lighting a good candle and letting the scent fill my room, and of course this doesn’t stop during the month of December. Like sound, scent is very important for me when it comes to getting in the festive spirit, I will always light my candle and immediately feel more cosy and festive- my absolute favourite being yankee candles ‘candy cane lane’!
Of course the best thing about the winter months are cosy nights in, and this definitely doesn’t change in the lead up to Christmas. If anything they are even better during this time!
I adore getting into comfy pj’s, creating a fort of pillows and blankets in the lounge, making some hot chocolate and putting on a RomCom on those bitter winter nights- the best thing about Christmas time is that I can convince everyone in the house to join in- and typically mum will go all out on the festive flavoured hot chocolates (AKA HEAVEN).
Of course, you can’t have a cosy night without a film- and this is why I prefer cosy nights in December!! Christmas films are my favourite to watch, I don’t know what it is about them but I love them! Elf, Home Alone, The Grinch- you name it… I love it!
However, my favourites have to be the RomComs! Yes, I am talking The Holiday, Bridget Jones, Love Actually….they are all masterpieces. Normally I’m not a RomCom fan, but these ones are a must see in the festive season.
Christmas is really the most wonderful time of the year, and I couldn’t imagine it without all of these things!