I’m sure it was only a few months ago that the last festive season was here, but it’s come around again, and it’s safe to say that I’m just a little bit excited! Twinkly lights are lining the streets, Christmas songs are being played everywhere, it’s already taking an unreasonable amount of time to find a car parking space within a mile of any shop, and X Factor is almost over, which definitely means that Christmas is on its way.
We’ve got our thick snowflake covered winter duvet keeping us warm every night and the cheesy but totally cool Christmas jumpers, socks and underwear have made their way back into our daily wardrobes. I may not have bought a single present yet (unless you count picking out gifts for Mr Ayla to give me) but to me it already feels like Christmas.
If you’re not feeling quite so festive yet then hopefully my 5 favourite things about this wonderful season will have you feeling all twinkly and Christmassy too! And I’ve made them all into Christmas song lyrics just to be extra festive!
Baby, it’s cold outside
Cosy cafes, pubs with open fires or snuggled under the duvet at home. Wherever I am, warming up with a hot chocolate, marshmallows and cream is one of my favourite things to do in winter. Of course I’d prefer sunshine (who wouldn’t?!) but I live in London so that’s just not happening. Plus I’ve tried a Christmas abroad in India and that was just weird.
Even if it isn’t snowing, wrapping myself up in a big coat, fluffy scarf and woolly hat and venturing out into the cold always makes me feel festive. Although a white Christmas in London just once would be pretty special (please Santa please!).
Tis the season to be jolly
Despite the cold weather everyone is happier over the festive season. People eat more, drink more, sing more, dance more (probably due to the drinking) and celebrate more. If you’re one of the unfortunate people who has to go into work on those couple of days between Christmas and New Year, you may even get the odd cheerful smile from a stranger on the commute.
Everyone is happier. Even Scrooge can’t fail to be a little bit cheerful at Christmas time and my grumpy little hedgehog even plays along for the season too. Kind of.
Santa Claus is coming to town
No, Christmas is not about Jesus – he wasn’t even born in December if you’re going to get technical. Christmas is about presents – and family of course (see my next point below) – but mainly presents 😉
I love waking up early on Christmas morning to see a big stocking crammed full of gifts at the end of the bed. I don’t even care that I haven’t lived at home with my mum for years or that there are no children around to give me a valid excuse to be a big kid; Santa still visits me and Mr Ayla every year. If you’re a grown up and you don’t get gifts from Santa anymore then you must be on the naughty list. Either that or you’ve stopped believing in magic. And I love that my inner child is still around. Me, Santa, Tinkerbell and Harry Potter are all very happy living in our fantasy world thank you.
Now Alex, erm I mean Santa, have you received my Christmas list yet?
I’ll be home for Christmas
Mr Ayla and I spent Christmas in India a couple of years ago which was as different as we could possibly get to the Christmas we’re used to at home. We had hot sunshine instead of winter snow, a camel ride instead of reindeer sleighs, and spicy curries instead of roast dinner.
I missed popping open the Prosecco and Baileys with my mum and aunt and not knowing which to drink first. I missed my nan and grandad negotiating how on earth we’re going to fit 16 people around the table. I missed being silly with my sister and cousins and I missed arguments over board games. Being without my family on Christmas Day just wasn’t the same. This Christmas, and every other Christmas, will definitely be spent with my crazy wonderful family.
Last but not least (and I couldn’t find an appropriate song lyric for these)…
Pigs in Blankets
No explanation needed ❤
What’s your favourite thing about the festive season? Let me know in the comments below or join in with this month’s travel link up!
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