It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. Christmas
It’s that time of year once again. The Christmas tunes are blaring in every shop you go in, every coffee shop has it’s red cups out in force, lights are twinkling everywhere you go. It can only mean one thing. Christmas is upon us. I’m a massive fan when it comes to Christmas, there are so many things that make me so happy during the lead up to Christmas.
Christmas Tree decorating
On the first of December it’s always been my families tradition that we put up our tree. There’s been a few times where we’ve used an artificial tree and it just wasn’t the same. Most of the time we cut the top off my Nan and Grandad’s Christmas trees they have in their garden. They’ve grown several Christmas trees in their garden for over a number of years, so it’s perfect for us to have the top of the tree so it can re-grow instead of cutting down a whole tree. Last year I even got to dress my very own tree. Living on my own I had to do it on a very small budget but I felt I decorated it in the way I liked at that time with the colour scheme. This year living back at home I’ve been given the task to decorate my families tree. My mom normally has either red or gold or silver and blue colour scheme. I find it’s so therapeutic and so relaxing decorating a tree and then standing back with a sense of achievement. Here is a photo of me decorating my own tree last year in my little house…
How many is too many Christmas Jumpers?
It’s no secret I love a Christmas jumper. I adore how you can show how much you love the festivity season by wearing very out there Christmassy jumper. Over they years I have accumulated a love for a festive jumper and therefore I have a very big collection. There’s nothing more festive than wearing one of your favourite Christmas jumpers to showcase just how much you love Christmas. This year I’m going to try not to buy anymore as I already have way too many. However some of the designs this year are amazing. Here is a video I did 2 years ago showcasing some of my jumper collection. It has since grown from this video!
The Christmas present giving
I’m a sucker for giving presents. Even to the point when someone has said, ” No you don’t need to get me anything this year” I love to apply my minimalist aesthetic to my present giving. From way back when I started earning money, I have always wrapped my gifts in brown paper, apart from one year where I used copper wrapping. I love the look of brown paper, it gives the whole present experience so much better and is also good for the environment.
The last few years I’ve left buying presents way too late and last year was unbearable with how much money I had to spend due to living on my own. But this year I feel I want to spoil the people I love to the moon and back. After everything that has gone on this year I really owe it to my family who have looked after me and really made me feel loved and welcomed. But there was one year where I actually purchased presets throughout the year and by the end of the year I had loads of presets to wrap to give to my family and friends. I think next year I shall adapt this approach and buy a lot in sales and then put away for the foreseeable future for Christmas.
When it comes to wrapping I touched on wrapping with brown paper. I then use organza/normal ribbon to finish the present off. I then have a hessian sack for each and every person in my family. Which has a wooden letter which represents their initial of their relationship. Like the one below is for my Nan so it has an N on it.
Christmas lights everywhere!
No matter where you go, you start to see people putting their festive lights. Towns and cities are no exception of this. I love when your little town where you live put up their lights and everyone goes down on one night to watch them being switched on. It’s such a nice thing that a community comes together at such a lovely time of the year. I mostly love when you go to a city and see all of their impressive lights. On a trip to Liverpool three years ago their lights were beautiful. I’m heading down to London this year for their annual winter wonderland which I’ve never been too before! (Confession time, I’ve never been to a Christmas market either, every time I’ve planned to go to one a boyfriend breaks up with me or something bad happens) But regardless I’m going this year and I’m so exited!
Spending time with your loved ones
Most and best thing about Christmas, is spending time with your loved ones. So much time throughout the year is spent being so busy with work and other things. However, Christmas time that finishes and you get to spend some lovely time with your loved ones. I spend it with my Nan, Grandad, Mom, Dad, Brother and Sister and that’s all it has always been. It’s so lovely to have such a close family like ours and it’s even nicer when it comes to Christmas. Christmas day is just spent eating, playing silly board games and watching Christmas movies. Then boxing day we all venture to my Nan and Grandad’s house for a feast. We again play board games, snooker as my Grandad has his own snooker table and watch Christmas films. I couldn’t image it any other way! Here’s a photo of my family all together. ( Even though this took us 287948837 attempts and I wanted to strangle every single one of them, I love them all so much)