I adore Christmas.
The songs, smells, the food, the weather, the feels, the decorations. I love it all.
I know Christmas is less than a week away now, but today I wanted to talk to you about the first signs of Christmas for me. I love hearing about other people’s Christmas traditions, what they associate with Christmas and what gets them excited.
I love that feeling when the weather starts to get colder. Usually in October time. That moment where you wake up one morning and have to put your coat on for the first time of the season. You can feel the chill in the air, the leaves are falling off the trees and everywhere starts to look cosier.
Then, once Halloween is over, that’s when I first start to feel properly Christmassy. The nights are officially getting darker, the cold snap is coming and the fluffy socks are out.
The whole of November is just a build-up for me. As soon as it’s 1st November, I’m gonna be outwardly festive.
(I don’t care if that’s too early for you, I flipping love Christmas and I will feel festive as early as I damn well please.) But the real magic happens on November 30th.
You may already know this, but on November 30th every year, Joe, his Mum and I decorate his parent’s house for Christmas. It’s a family tradition that marks the death of a loved one – they decided to make it a happy day every year, and I just think it’s such a wonderful tradition. And it’s always one of my favourite days of the year. We wake up early, have bucks fizz with breakfast, decorate the house, drink snowballs, watch Christmas films and finish the day off with a full Christmas dinner. It’s amazing.
Then, when December hits, that’s when the real fun begins. EVERYONE gives in to their festive feels whether they like to or not. The weather gets even colder, it may even snow. There are Christmas films on telly 24/7. There is constantly a pack of biscuits going around the office. It’s perfectly acceptable to drink your daily calorie allowance in festive hot chocolates. Advent calendars mean you can have chocolate for breakfast every day.
I think the run-up is my favourite part of Christmas, which is why the first signs get me so excited.
Big thanks to Fortnum & Mason for sending me this advent calendar, tea and tea strainer, and for giving me the inspiration for this post. They’re all helping me feel so cosy and festive! And, if I don’t manage to post again before the big day, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas <3
Photos by Joseph Burrows
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