Welcome to the 12 days of Blogmas! For the next 12, well 13 really, days, I will be uploading a Christmassy blog post to celebrate the season. I was going to attempt to do the full 24 days and had planned out 24 festive posts, but when it came down to it I just didn’t have the time. I managed Blogtober but only having a month to plan and write 24 posts while working full time, having a social life, planning Christmas and sleeping…it just wasn’t going to work. So here we are, the 12 (13) days of Blogmas!
I’ve been very excited for Blogmas and have been loving reading as many festive posts as I can while writing my own! I have a couple of Christmassy makeup looks which I can wait to share with you, as well as gift guides, days out and so much more to get everyone feeling extra festive!
To start things off I thought I’d share some of my favourite things about the most wonderful time of the year.
Christmas decorations are the best. I love driving around at night to see houses, shops and town all lit up with twinkling lights, it’s so pretty. Decorating the house has always been one of my favourite activities and it’s quite the event in our house. Each room has a different theme, so the hallway is a real winter wonderland filled with sparkling snowflakes and snowballs hanging from the ceiling and pale blue and silver tinsel lining the mirrors and the staircase. The living room is the classic red, gold and green, with a real Christmas tree in the corner making the room smell amazing. The kitchen is where our advent calendar wall is held, we get so many from family members we’ve had to dedicate a whole wall for them now!
Christmas shopping can definitely be stressful, especially as it gets closer to the big day, but I really enjoy it! Going to the shops, having a browse with a festive hot chocolate from Costa in hand and finding presents I know people will love gives me such a cosy feeling. I quite like the hustle and bustle of the shops too, despite the panic and the stress there’s always a festive spirit in the air!
As a child I never really enjoyed going to Midnight Mass, I always found it boring and wanted to be curled up in bed waiting for Santa. But now I’m older it’s one of my favourite traditions. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not, everyone is welcome and it’s always a really lovely way to bring in Christmas. We’ll all sing some Christmas hymns, listen to stories, admire the church and then when the service ends it’s Christmas day. Everyone leaves the church in a great mood, wishing us all a Merry Christmas and then we go home and quickly prepare the carrots and mince pies for Santa and his reindeer before jumping into bed.
Elf, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Grinch, Nativity, Arthur Christmas, The Polar Express, Santa Claus: The Movie…need I go on!? Christmas movies are amazing! They’re super cheesy but I love them and Netflix have added quite a few new ones this year that are all worth a watch. I think The Christmas Chronicles will end up being a classic! Christmas TV specials are also fantastic, my personal favourite is the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special, if you haven’t watched it yet I highly recommend it!
Champagne for Breakfast
Christmas Day is really the only day where it’s totally acceptable to start drinking at breakfast! We always have a couple of glasses of Bucksfizz, prosecco or champagne with breakfast and it really starts the day off well haha.
Seeing all the beautifully wrapped presents under the tree is so exciting! If you’re curious, we’ll open our stockings from Santa first thing in the morning and then won’t open the main presents under the tree until after Christmas dinner, which usually ends around 4/5pm. It takes a lot of patience to not rip into all of them in the morning, but I like spending the evening with everyone sitting around the tree handing out the presents, it’s much more relaxed.
Crackers are an essential part of Christmas! The jokes are terrible, the gifts are terrible, the paper hats look ridiculous but that’s why we love them. There have been many times when we’ve all drank a little bit too much and are crying with laughter at classic cracker jokes such as ‘How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle!’ and ‘What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?
Tinsilitis!’ My mother once kept herself, and the rest of the table, thoroughly entertained with a defective Christmas party blower she got in a cracker.
It’s now got to a point where I can wear a Christmas jumper every day of the week. And yet I will still buy, and receive, more! The bolder, uglier and more garish the better in my opinion. Christmas jumpers are great, they’re funny and cosy and I love seeing people casually walking around in a jumper with lights and bells on.
Pretty much every Blogmas post I’ve written has been written with the Christmas music channels on in the background and me singing along loudly. I love Christmas music and quite frankly can’t get enough of it. If my office wanted to place Christmas music for 9 hours straight I’d be all for it! I love going into a shop or around a Christmas market and hearing a festive banger in the background, it really gets me in the spirit.
The Christmas Break
I haven’t had any real time off for Christmas since I left uni so I’m very excited to have 11 days off for it this year! My office will be closed from the 21st to the 2nd of January and I am planning on making the most of the Christmas break. I’ll be baking, wrapping, watching Christmas movies, eating, drinking, throwing glitter on my face, smelling like Lush’s Snow Fairy 24/7 and generally relaxing. It’s going to be great!
I’m sure (hoping) it’s not just me…but does anyone else love having a nose through people’s windows when you’re walking somewhere and seeing a Christmas tree all lit up? Or is that just me being a weirdo? Christmas trees are just so pretty and nothing beats the smell of a real, pine tree in the living room! In my whole 26 years of living, I’ve never had a fake tree. I just love the tradition of going out to a garden centre, choosing the most perfect looking tree, bringing it home and attempting to saw and shave the end off because we’ve realised it doesn’t actually fit the holder and then staring at a wonky, but beautifully decorated tree all month that smells divine. It’s just not Christmas to me without a real tree.
One of my favourite things to do in the evenings during December is to stick a Christmas film or music on in the background, have a hot chocolate (or a sherry) in hand and sit on the floor wrapping presents. It gets extremely messy, especially as we always buy super glitter wrapping paper, and Gaston (the cat) will either roll around in the glitter or attack the ribbons, but it’s so much fun!
I honestly don’t know what I’m more excited food, the presence or the food. Bring on the piles of crispy roast potatoes and pigs in blankets! Last year I’m pretty sure I ate the majority of the sharing plate of pigs in blankets my gran served up on Christmas Eve, my family didn’t stand a chance. It’s not just the main Christmas dinner that excites me though, it’s the snacks too. Chocolate, Pringles, cheese and crackers, leftover turkey sandwiches. It’s a time to fully indulge without worrying about your weight or being judged!
Is there anything better than a Christmas market?! The cute little wooden stalls selling amazing food, drinks and quirky little gifts, the festive cheer, the smells, the sights. It all just makes me so happy! I went to Winter Wonderland at the start of the month and had the most amazing time strolling through the market stalls and fully embracing the Christmas spirit. Don’t miss my post about Winter Wonderland tomorrow!
It’s panto season! Every year, since I was 2 years old, my nan has taken me and my sister to the pantomime, and this year is no exception. It’s one of my most beloved traditions that I look forward to every year. This year the panto was Aladdin and it was fantastic as always! Yes, it’s cheesy and predictable and they always make mistakes that have clearly been scripted but it’s still hilarious and we always have a great time.
And of course, last but not least, SANTA’S COMING TO TOWN! I thought by 26 I would’ve grown out of the excitement of Santa….but nope. I still find the whole thing magical and love waking up in the middle of the night, peering the end of my bed, and seeing a little sack filled with presents. My mother, sister, fiance and I all still get a delivery from Santa and I can’t see that stopping any time soon to be honest. It makes us all feel like a kid again and we love it!
Honestly, this post could’ve been so much longer but I had to stop somewhere! Christmas has always been my favourite holiday and time of year. There is actually nothing I dislike about it. It makes me so happy and I really wish it didn’t go by so fast! It really is the most wonderful time of the year and I hope you all have a very merry Christmas whatever is you may be doing.
What are some of your favourite things about Christmas? Let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to stay up to date with the 12 days of Blogmas! You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter too. Thanks for reading!