Well, it’s 3 more sleeps till the big man arrives and who’s excited? I know I am!
I absolutely love Christmas so I thought now was the perfect time to give you all a rundown on my favourite things about the festive season. So, in no particular order – let’s go!
1) Time off work
Now I know that not everybody is as lucky as I am to be able to have time off over the Christmas period, but trust me when I say, that I really do value it.
Normally, as the end of the year approaches, I find myself kind of running on empty. It’s always appreciated to have at least a week (sometimes a little bit more) off work to just wind down, chill and spend time with my nearest and dearest. Speaking of which…
2) Time with the Family
Nothing is more important than family in my eyes. I’ve always been pretty close with my immediate family and see them all the time, but it’s also so good to see and spend time with those who you don’t usually have the pleasure. There really isn’t much more to say on this apart from it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!
3) Christmas Films and Telly
Why, yes. Yes I WILL watch Home Alone and Home Alone 2 for the BILLIONTH time. Guess why? COS IT’S CHRISTMAS!!
I have so many favourite Christmas films, it’s difficult to narrow them down. Ones that I always try to re-watch though are: Home Alone and Home Alone 2 (obvs). I truly belive that Home Alone has given us one of the single best scenes in cinematic history: Marv and the tarantuala. Still makes me HOWL every single time 😂😂
I also love Nativity!, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually and The Holiday.
As for telly, well it isn’t Christmas until I’ve seen (and cried at – again) The Snowman. The Snowman and the Snowdog sequel which came out a few years ago is also lovely. I know we tend to get a lot of repeated stuff over the festive period but we do also get some great new offerings too. I’m really looking forward to watching the programme on Torvill and Dean on Christmas Day. I’ve always loved watching ice skating on the telly and T&D are total legends!
4) The Christmas Eve Cheeseboard
Food in general always plays a big part in my life – my eyes are certainly bigger than my belly! Christmas is no exception. Although I have a LOT of love for food (naughty food especially), I really do try my best to eat as well as I possibly can as a rule. I’m not saying I never have treats cos I would just be bare-faced lying to you if I did. However, Christmastime is when I let it all go! Chocolates, biscuits, gateaux, those cheesy nibbly bits that only seem to surface in December (I’m sure you know them), dry roasted peanuts, the list is endless. But my ultimate favourite has to be – THE CHEESEBOARD.
OK, so I know that cheese is readily available all year round. But I don’t ever really tend to eat my own bodyweight in the stuff on the regular. That gets reserved for Christmas Eve. This is when my younger sister and I thoroughly go to dairy heaven, as we load up the board with as many cheesy delights that we can get our hands on. You’ve got to have a good cracker and chutney selection too…maybe even some pickled onions on the side, oh yes! Can you tell just how excited I get by this?! Wensleydale and cranberry is the ONE.
Seriously – Christmas Eve, new PJs on, Nativity! on the telly, gin in one hand and a cracker full of cheese in the other and I’m pretty much the happiest camper you ever did see
And finally – presents of course! I’ve always preferred giving presents rather than receiving. There’s just something special about seeing a person’s reaction to a gift they either weren’t expecting and/or that they really love. I have two nephews and I spoil them every Christmas. Admittedly, they’re both getting older so the magic of Christmas has kind of worn a bit thin with them now. It also becomes harder to buy for them when they get older too as you get the obligatory “I dunno” response when you ask if there’s anything that they’d like! I still always like to try and pull it out of the bag for them though. Just feel that I have to add here, that gifts for your loved ones don’t always have to cost the earth. Quite often, the littlest, most simplest of gifts really are the best and most appreciated!
So how about you? What are you favourite things about the festive season?
As a side-note; I’ve finally joined the 21st century and got myself a Netflix account! So, any recommendations for festive things that I can watch on there would be much appreciated!
Have a very Merry Christmas! 😘😘