I think it’s safe to say that Christmas doesn’t last just one day, but the whole winter season. Not everyone celebrates Christmas but for those who do, it’s something to look forward to whether it’s a break from work or studies, or a chance for all of your friends and family to get together and enjoy one another’s company. Everyone has their own different traditions and celebrate Christmas differently. Some people prepare in advance with decorations, presents, and even little touches to make the home feel extra Christmassy, whilst others just look forward to the food. I put together a bunch of Christmas related stuff to get you in the mood for the holiday season if you’re not already (which you should be), or even just for a bit of light reading. If you’re a Grinch, just remember that he eventually learns to love Christmas too (and so should you).
P.s I wrote this blog post with Michael Bublé’s Christmas album playing in the background, so it’s safe to say that I’m already in the holiday mood. Oh and also, Merry Christmas!
One of my favourite parts of the season is curling up in a ball in bed with blankets, a cup of tea and a good Christmas movie… or 10. There are hundreds of Christmas movies and so many of them are classics. And as much as I love most of the ones out there, I put together a list of my absolute favourites (not in order though, because I don’t think I could choose):
- The Grinch
- Home Alone (1&2)
- The Holiday
- The Santa Clause (1&2)
- Love Actually
- The Nightmare before Christmas
- The Polar Express
Playing Christmas music is a big part of getting into the spirit of Christmas. Whether you’re dancing around whilst decorating your tree or just listening to music on your way to work or school. I personally don’t think you can go wrong with Christmas music, but then again I will constantly play the same Christmas songs for hours on repeat. So here are my favourite songs/albums:
- Michael Bublé Christmas Album
- Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
- All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
- Last Christmas – Wham!
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
- White Christmas – Bing Crosby
- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – Bing Crosby
- Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
- Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
- Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Dean Martin
- Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
- Candles – There are so many different scented candles that can get you into the festive mood. My favourite one that I own is the Yankee Candle ‘Cranberry Ice’ scented candle. Other Christmas candles they sell are Candy Cane, Christmas Garland, Snow in Love, Angel’s Wings and Snowflake Cookie. I’d suggest going to a shop and picking one out yourself instead of ordering online, because the scent you like is probably different to what someone else might like.
- Bedroom Bits and Bobs – Pillows and blankets for the inevitable Christmas film marathon are a given. Most shops will sell Christmas blankets so just have a look around or online. A few of my friends get new Christmas pyjama’s each year as a tradition, mainly on Christmas eve. My family has never done this personally, but I love the idea. I recently went to Primark and they had the cutest Christmas Pyjamas. You could easily go all out with Christmas bedding, fairy lights and even a mini Christmas tree in your room if you wanted to, I mean, why not?
Photo credit: beautybitsblog.com (Candle), iconosquare.com (PJ’s), weheartit.com (Bed), Ikea.com(lights)
- Baking – there are so many recipes out there for Christmas related baking. Anything can be made festive with a little customisation. Here are a few ideas that I got from Pinterest:
- Brownie Christmas Trees from onelittleproject.com
- Reindeer Rice Crispies from thirtyhandmadedays.com
- Mince pies from Jamieoliver.com
- White chocolate ginger cookies from cookingclassy.com
I asked some of my friends what they’re favourite parts of Christmas are, so you can see the different things that people look forward to:
- Holly – As a kid, I definitely enjoyed waking up and seeing my stocking. The magical being that is Santa having eaten the mince pies and left crumbs everywhere and carrots half chewed (obviously by Rudolph). But as an adult, I enjoy giving people presents and seeing their reactions.
- Ria – for me, it’s about the build-up. I like waiting up with my brother until midnight on Christmas eve (not that I sleep anyway) watching TV and eating chocolate. It’s kind of like our own family tradition.
- Jade – Christmas eve is my favourite part. In my family, we do a bunch of baking and get all the little ones excited for Santa. It’s the cutest thing and it’s great to keep the Christmas spirit alive.
- Meg – My favourite part is getting to see all my family and seeing my friends for a catch-up. I also love treating people with presents and eating pigs in blankets.
- Amy – I love spending time with my family and friends, and of course getting to eat all the nice food.
My tradition – ever since I was younger, I’ve done the same thing every Christmas eve with my family. We would go to 8/9pm mass at our local church and as we would leave one of the parents would nibble on the carrots, eat the cookies and drink the milk while the kids were in the car getting ready to go. By the time we got back from Church the kids would notice and get all excited. Then we would all stay up together, put on Christmas music, pull out the cheese boards and the drinks and wait till 12 o’clock. When it hit 12, we would open our presents one by one in age order, youngest first and oldest last. Then once the presents are open we would all head to bed and prepare for food the next day. I know it’s very different and many people think it’s weird that we don’t wait until the morning to open our presents, but it’s our tradition!