Given the time of year, how could I possibly not post something festive?! With just over a week to go, I wanted to share with you some of the things that I see as a must in order to get into the Christmas spirit:
Wreath Making – a first for me this year, but one that I am keen to incorporate into my annual rituals. I like to think I’m creative but in reality I am not at all, so I was delighted to have done my first bit of craft since school and I am so proud of my handiwork I mentioned it every day for a week (just in case Ben forgot to keep admiring it).
Mulled Wine – if you are going to do this properly, it must be over priced at some sort of festive market. This could be one in your village or town, or bonus points if you actually go to a proper Christmas market in Austria or somewhere similar! No matter what your beliefs, it is a time for celebrating with family and friends, so a casual mince pie and mulled wine evening (making sure not all the alcohol has burnt off) with music is also a strong contender for the list.
Present Wrapping – present wrapping is not one of my fortes as I always seem to get paper that looks nice but doesn’t fold easily and it soon becomes a crumpled mess. However, presentation aside, when the task arises, do it in front of a christmassy film or programme (Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas is a personal favourite) to distract yourself from the hideous mess in front of you.
Carols by Candlelight – probably my favourite of all traditions, I have been going to carols by candlelight for years no matter where I am living. Most churches will offer this at some stage so keep an eye out in your local area, but I highly recommend it for a sing song followed by mince pies and mulled wine. I went to the HTC ones again this year which I think inspired this post as I am officially at my festive-jolly peak.
Christmas Lights – growing up we used to know where all the best lit up displays were around Chichester, and would visit them all on Christmas eve. I am sure that no matter where you are, there will be lights of some sort for you to find, although the Cotswolds may be lacking in some of the garish entire house displays (booo!). If you are in London, visiting the Burlington Arcade, Liberty, Fortnum & Mason and Carnaby Street are some of my favourites. These places are always packed, and lack the personal jaunty touch that is normally found on individual houses, but fab none the less.
Winter Walks in the frost – wellies, coat, scarf, hat and obviously a dog. If you don’t have one, borrow one from someone else. Followed by warming up next to a log fire with toasted crumpets and melted butter.
A tradition my husband and I have is to get a new christmas tree decoration each year which we have chosen together. We have so for gone for an eclectic mix of jazzy and more traditional, but anything that has a memory attached to it is always a nice touch 🙂
There are many more which very nearly made the list but, as a true Christmas fan, I would love to hear what some of your traditions are??