December; winter is here, mulled wine and mince pies are back on the scene, twinkling lights are appearing outside houses… Christmas is on it’s way! I love this Christmassy period for so many reasons. I love the cheesy tunes, please play Mariah and George Michael wherever I go and I will not complain! Families come together and old family traditions are continued. For me on Christmas morning I sit and watch White Christmas with my parents, in my new Christmas PJ’s with a bucks fizz in hand and the fire roaring. Going for walks on Christmas morning, seeing the faces of little ones when they find out Santa came and ate the cookies and drank the milk! Just thinking about it I feel warm and fuzzy.
Winter fashion is also very much up my street. Wrapping up with hats, scarves, faux fur, burgundy, reds and glittery nails and over the knee boots. I love the colours of the season, the rich reds and deep blues and let’s not forget the razzle dazzle sparkles! Over the last couple of years I have captured moments on my Polaroid during the Christmas period including visiting European Christmas markets in Krakow, Poland- to family falling into comas on the sofa – i.e. death by Turkey. Looking back on these photos has me close to the Christmas spirit levels of Buddy the Elf; if anyone wants to make snow angels with me give me a call. This really is a great gift idea if anyone is looking for some inspo. I also need to give an honorable mention to drinking dangerous amounts of Hot Chocolate whilst watching the classics. My annual Christmas Film List consists of:
- Love Actually
- The Holiday
- The Santa Clause
- Elf (in case you didn’t already know that I am a big fan)
- Home Alone
- The Sound of Music
- White Christmas
- Little Women
As well as all of this, December is also my birthday month! Therefore I am double festive and ready to crack open the Baileys at a moments notice. Although it is lovely to receive presents, and I definitely count down the days to my birthday as if I am still 5 years old, I find the most joy in giving presents. Many will complain how Christmas has become so commercialized and people have lost the meaning of Christmas, particularly after the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday , it’s easy to see why this perception exists. However some of you may have known Giving Tuesday followed these crazy days- this was just one opportunity where the initiative of giving back was emphasised. Whether you are religious or not, the principles of giving is heightened during Christmas. At my workplace on Giving Tuesday a bake sale was held to raise money to buy the daily essentials and warm clothes that we so often take granted for the homeless community in the local area.
However giving can take place in so many forms, such as the simple act of giving your time to your families. Switch off from the internet for a while and try to avoid the daily distractions. As much as my family can drive me up the wall, especially after being enclosed in a small space over Christmas, there really is something so magical during this time.
Wishing you all a merry lead up to Christmas and if you haven’t started on any of those New Year Resolutions you made in January, it’s not too late, we do 27 days left of 2017!