Favourite Festive Things

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

I’ve been finding it hard these past few years to get into the Christmas spirit for a variety of reasons, the main ones being working full time and not having the lead up to the holidays off work, and the weather being so unseasonably warm.  I don’t know about people living in other countries or further up north in the UK, but it was 15°C today in the middle of bloody December and it’s hard to feel Christmassy when it’s like this.

I’ve seen a few other people do festive posts about things they like to do around the holidays, or their favourite things about Christmas, so I thought I’d join in and try to get myself into the festive spirit.  And to be perfectly honest, I’ve been struggling a bit with getting posts prepared this month because of the bad lighting and a general lack of ideas, so uh, I needed a bit of a quickie.  

So, here are some of my holiday highlights!

Watching cheesy Christmas movies.  Usually I’m not much of a fan of really cheesy or just objectively rubbish movies, but there’s something about Christmas films that’s just always enjoyable in some way, whether they’re a quality piece of cinema or utter trash!  This year we’ve been enjoying watching a few random ones we hadn’t heard of that we happened to find on Prime, and it’s been really nice getting into the spirit of the holidays with movies that are less well known and that we don’t know inside and out.

Getting cosy on cold nights by the Christmas tree lights.  This might be less of a thing at the moment given how mild it’s been, but there are few things that give a warmer, fuzzier feeling than cuddling up in a nice soft blanket under the glow of your tree’s fairy lights.  Bonus points if the blanket is faux fur.

Spiced treats, mulled wines and festive foods.  I’m pretty much obsessed with all things cinnamon, nutmeg and clove every month of the year, but it’s especially wonderful to indulge in all kinds of spiced foods and drinks when it’s chilly out and all of the decorations are up.  This year I’ve been loving my vegan gingerbread and mince pies, and I’ve also been really delighted to try the orange ChocShot I got in December’s The Vegan Kind box – so seasonally appropriate!

Snuggly jumpers and onesies.  I got my first onesie for Christmas last year (it’s a Stormtrooper one, in case you were wondering…) and since then I’ve been firmly converted and now think that onesies are the best thing to happen ever in winter.  I’m a snuggly jumper person all year round, but there’s something special about snuggly, obnoxious fluffy or patterned jumpers around Christmas time.

Blasting the Christmas music.  Wrapping up presents with some Christmas music on is one of my favourite ways to get in the festive mood.  My personal favourite album is a guilty pleasure from my childhood that my mum and I used to listen to every single year – the Hanson brothers Christmas album.  Yes, I’m serious.  It’s amazing.

Speaking of wrapping presents… Gift-wrapping is one of my favourite ‘jobs’ of the holidays!  Most people find it a chore, but I genuinely really enjoy doing it.  I do all of the wrapping in our house (except for my own presents, obvz) and I take way too much delight in making them look prettier than everyone else’s under the tree from picking out the prettiest paper to wrapping them in little bows.

Seeing my mum and Chris’s family.  Living where we do now and having limited time off work, I don’t see my mum nearly as much as I’d like too so Christmas is always special when I get to see her again.  We didn’t spend Christmas day together and we won’t this year either (we’ll be going to stay with her on Boxing Day instead) but it’s always so wonderful opening the door and seeing our house decked out like a grotto and my mum looking so happy and excited.  It’s also fun for me seeing my other half’s relatives – I’m really lucky to have such great in-laws who all love Christmas too!

It’s a good idea sometimes to take a step back and remember all of the little things that you love about the holiday season other than just the presents.  Although I do love the presents…

What are your favourite things about Christmas?  If you’re not a Christmas person, what are your favourite things about December or the winter holidays you celebrate?


  1. I love wrapping presents too, I end up doing a load of my Mum's for her too - I find it therapeutic!


    1. Me too! Last year I even ended up wrapping most of my partner's extended family's gifts too after his mum saved them all for me. xD


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