Family christmas

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

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!).

Festive season

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.

Christmas hedgehog

She might look grumpy but I know she’s shining with Christmas joy inside

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?

Getting festive

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.

Christmas in India

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.

Family christmas

Last but not least (and I couldn’t find an appropriate song lyric for these)…

Pigs in Blankets

No explanation needed ❤

Favourite things about Christmas


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!

Season’s greetings!

We have unwrapped another fun topic to hang on the tree (sorryI’mnotsorry): The festive season. Do you love it, hate it, put up with it, find yourself doing something unusual…? Anything goes.

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Ps. Have wonderful, safe and happy holidays from all of us!

31 thoughts on “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

    • Ayla says:

      Haha yes she’s our little cutie even if she is quite grumpy! The hot chocolate was in the New Forest last weekend. I would be tempted to drive all the way down there again just for another mug 😉

  1. The Foodie Diaries says:

    I will be in Mumbai over Christmas (I usually am) but am determined to make it as festive as possible 🙂 I have a round-up of festive favourites on the blog as well, and hot chocolate with marshmallows are high on my list of things to love about the season too – I loved Fortnum’s version at their pop up in Somerset House! xx

    • Ayla says:

      We were in Rajasthan but I’m sure Mumbai is a lot more festive than it was there! There were plenty of Christmas trees and twinkling lights up when we were in Mumbai shortly after Christmas Day. I may just have to give Fortnum’s hot choc a try 🙂

  2. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) says:

    I remember you and I having lovely hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream one of the times we met up on a winter’s day. Oh wait – I think it was a summer’s day!!! Ha! 😀 I know what you mean about it not feeling the same when family aren’t here and it’s not cold! I think that’s why I’ve never travelled over Christmas though camel rides and curries don’t sound half bad either!

    • Ayla says:

      Sun and Christmas just don’t go together for me so I’m glad you’ve come over to the Christmassy side! Haha I do love that family selfie! 🙂

  3. jogonmum says:

    Great post! Christmas is a big thing in our household – think we’re just as into it as our kids!!! It’s the joy of being with family and just enjoying each other’s company (and lots of food!).
    Love seeing the kids faces when the decorations go up and when Father Christmas has been – it’s just such a magical time of year!!! Love it all!!! Merry Christmas to you Mrs Ayla!!! 😊🎅🏼🎄🎁xxx

    • Ayla says:

      Haha she is pretty adorable! She’s an African Pygmy so she’s only the size of my hand. Got her from a breeder – they do make adorable little pets 🙂

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