Of course when I was little I loved Christmas. It was just a magical time of the year but naturally, as you get older you realise things aren’t quite what they seem. I seemed to fall out with the festivities a bit throughout my teenage years but the Christmas fever is back!
I really am SO excited this year so I wanted to share with you all reasons why I can’t wait for the month of December!
Who else loves the feeling of getting home from work, getting into your cosies and catching up with your favourite Youtubers’ vlogmas videos? Not only do they get me super excited and make me feel even more festive, but they give me ideas of what I can do at the weekends. For example, Zoe always heads to a Christmas tree farm to pick her tree so that’s what I want to do this year!
I am without a doubt extending my Christmas jumper collection this year. In fact, I’ve already started by stealing my brother’s old one which doesn’t fit him anymore! They’re just so cosy and you can wear them all day everyday without being judged. CAN’T WAIT!
Pigs in blankets
If you don’t agree with this point then I have no time for you.. Unless you have an acceptable reason then fair enough but how can you not love pigs in blankets?! They are the single best Christmas food which can never be replaced and until I started writing this paragraph, I had no idea how strongly I felt about them!
Buying my loved ones presents
Honestly, I could spend forever buying presents for my loved ones. I get so carried away and often don’t know where to draw the line because I get sucked in so bad by all the shops! My favourite presents to buy are stocking fillers for Toby and the best part is wrapping them all up! I’m absolutely shite at wrapping but I manage to work it anyway and tuck a candy cane or two under some red twine and use just brown parcel paper and it always turns out alright!
I am notoriously not the best ice skater in the world and I definitely have my wobbly moments but I still make a trip every year to my local ice rink. It’s always freezing and there tends to be an inch or so of water on top of the ice (not ideal) but who cares!
Who doesn’t love Christmas music, seriously? I’ve already put my Christmas playlist together on Spotify and am resisting the urge to play it whenever I can. My absolute favourites are Fairytale of New York (The Pogues and Kirsty McColl), Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin’ Stevens), I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Wizzard) and Do They Know It’s Christmas (Band Aid).
Is panattone not the most amazing bread you’ve ever tasted? It’s sweet and full of raisins and citrus flavours, sooooo delicious! I normally eat it pretty much every morning in the week leading up to the big day and then the week after that!
Decorating the tree
So this falls into two categories of why it makes me excited for Christmas. 1) Watching Dad make the mistake of cutting the string off the tree outside then trying to fit it through the door into the living room. 2) Decorating the tree with Mum with a Christmas film on in the background!
Friends back from uni
So many of my friends are at uni so it makes Christmas even more special when they all come home and I can spend time with them. It’s kind of a tradition now that everyone from the area piles into one of the local pubs on Christmas Eve and everyone just chats to everyone!
When I was in Oxford one of my favourite things to do around December was walk down to the Christmas market on Broad Street but unfortunately there aren’t a lot of them near me now. However, Toby and I are heading down to Bath at the end of November purely because I’ve heard their Christmas market is amazing!
This is pretty vague but does anyone else think Christmas is the best smelling time of the year? Cinnamon, Christmas trees, mulled wine, orange and cloves, vanilla, homely food cooking, the list goes on…
This is a relatively new thing but last year I ate my weight in homemade gingerbread men made by my colleague, Nancy. They are the most delicious things I have ever eaten in my whole entire life and I am praying to God she makes the biggest batch of them this year!
I’m not really one for pyjamas but that all changes when it gets to November. You should see my ASOS saved list, it’s just full of Christmas themed pyjamas and onesies and I’m loving it! I’m just praying my favourites will still be in stock when it comes to pay day and just wait until I make a trip to Primark!
This 100% deserves its own category. My favourite Christmas film ever, along with most other people’s! If you haven’t seen it yet then are you okay? You’re missing out big time! I normally watch it at least once a week in December along with Arthur Christmas which is another one of my favourites. You should totally watch that too.
Boxing Day with Toby’s family
For the last few years I have spent Christmas Day evening and Boxing Day with Toby’s family, going to the greyhound races in Sittingbourne. It always entails me losing money, eating a delicious van burger and getting separated from everyone else at least once but I wouldn’t change that for anything!
It means 2018 isn’t far away
2017 hasn’t really been my best year. I’ve had more ups and downs than ever before and I’m really looking forward to a new start. That chance is just around the corner and I can’t wait to crack open a new diary and start the year as I mean to go on.
I hope if you’re a fellow Christmas lover then this post has got you even more excited than you already were and I would love to know what’s getting you excited for Christmas, please comment below!