It’s December already and we’re all gearing up ready to buy our Christmas gifts, eat far too many chocolates and wrap up warm with cosy scarves and hats.
I’ve always loved this time of year and there are many things that make this season extra special for me. So, to get you also in the mood for the yuletide later this month, here are a few suggestions of things to swot up on, including great books, films and general warm-feeling goodies to put on your Christmas list!
Personally, I’ve always loved a good read at Christmas and every year, I put a new book or two on my list. I don’t usually read Christmas themed novels when it’s actually Christmas, but cheesy festive reads are great for escaping with on public transport in the lead up to Christmas, while you’re still snowed under (geddit?) with work. But if you’re looking for suggestions to put on your list, anything with a good plot or that will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling will do! I once read most of Twilight on Christmas day, and another year I started reading the last Cazalet book Elizabeth Jane Howard ever wrote.
I’m a big, big fan of the Hallmark Christmas films with not-too cheesy plots, but classic films for me have to include Home Alone, Love Actually, Frozen and The Holiday. I also seem to love a good British film at this time of year. I think last year we watched About Time. Plus, Mrs Doubtfire is a definite family favourite for the festive season (try saying that three times in a row!).
Jumpers, obviously! But apart from woollen items, I love a good check dress, a bit of sparkle and a good pair of boots just in case it does snow. Oh, and a cosy pair of slipper socks wouldn’t do amiss either!
I get really into my knitting over the winter period. It’s the most relaxing thing in the world to sit down with a needle and some yarn, wrapped up in a fleecy blanket, with a Christmas film on in the background. Last week I actually went to a crochet class and now I’ve finally mastered the very basics of that, this Christmas I intend to use those skills.
Hot chocolate, Baileys, candy canes melted in hot chocolate (trust me, this is a must-try!), homemade gingerbread houses that fall apart as soon as you take your hands away, gold wrapped Quality Streets, chocolate Ruby wine, apple sauce, roast potatoes, prosecco – you name it, I’m a sucker for all Christmas food!