I’m big on Christmas. As soon as December 1st hits I want the tree up, the decorations out and Heart Xmas on the radio 24/7. This year though I’ve struggled to get into the Christmas spirit as easily (and as extra) as I usually do.
I don’t know if it’s because this is the first year, technically ever, that I’ve been working up to Christmas. The last 3 years I’d been at University and would have had a lot more time on my hands to get the festive juices flowing.
For me, the joy in Christmas is 50% getting excited for the festivities, and 50% the actual day.. so I decided that it’s time I took matters into my own hands. Here’s what I’m doing to get into the Christmas Spirit:
OBV! Decorations should be the first thing you do when getting into the Christmas spirit. Last weekend mum and I put the tree up and decked out the house with some lights! Festive lights recently put together a guide to traditional and modern Christmas decor trends from Christmas Past, Christmas Present & Christmas Future, all of which is still relevant now depending on your tastes. Have a look at that here.
In the Cole household, we light to make the living room a cosy winter wonderland with candles, wreaths and of course our tree! We don’t have a colour scheme for our tree, instead, all the baubles have been bought on various holidays so every year we can remember what fun we had. How do you decorate for Christmas?
One thing I love doing around Christmas time is visiting my local garden centres. They always seem to go so extra for Christmas and create their very own Christmas paradise. At the beginning of December Jamie and I popped in to our local Notcutts for a look around. I love looking at the real trees – we like to pick out our favourites so we’re experts by the time we have our own place.
If you have a bit more time on your hands, head to a Christmas Market! Before this year I had never visited any Christmas Markets, but with a few days holidays to use up before the end of the year, my mum and I decided to head to Bath. They had the cutest markets around the city full of great independent shops, good food and plenty of mulled wine and cider!
One little tradition we like to do in the family is buy baubles/decorations on each special trip we go on. We’ve got Disney decorations, New York, and now a little bauble from Bath. It’s a special way to remember all the fantastic times we’ve had every Christmas!
Christmas is the season of good food, and part of that includes baked goodies. I don’t get a lot of time to bake, but taking some time out at this time of year is always good fun. This year I’ve seen so many fantastic recipes on Pinterest – Jamie and I are going to keep it as simple as possible with some snowflake cookies this year. Maybe next year we’ll try something a bit more exotic!
Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? What Christmas traditions do you have?
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