- Christmas Markets
Every year without fail I go to the famous German markets in Manchester (more than once)! They truly are the best…and it’s not like I’m biased at all. Now, this is essential to getting you into the holiday spirit. There are stalls that cater for absolutely everyone – food, drinks, homemade and unique gifts, fairy lights, jewellery, snug knitwear etc. Get yourself down to your local Christmas markets if you’re struggling to get in the festive mood this year, where the energy and buzz will bring out your inner Buddy The Elf.
- Christmas Movie Night and CHOCOLATE
We all love going to the Christmas parties but those nights in are essential too. Stock up on your favourite snacks, make some hot chocolate and cosy up with friends or family (under all the blankets and woolly layers you can find) to watch the classic holiday films. Some of my personal favourites are ‘The Grinch‘ (Jim Carrey version of course), ‘The Polar Express‘, ‘Home Alone‘, ‘Miracle on 34th Street‘, ‘White Christmas‘ and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life‘.
Write yourself a list of all the gifts you need to buy and make a day of it! I absolutely love going to the Trafford Centre for those bits and bobs because 1) it’s inside so I’m not going to get flustered with cold/wet weather 2) there are soooo many places to pop in for a lovely drink and bite to eat (a necessity when Christmas shopping which I believe is the most strenuous cardio you can do without purchasing a gym membership). The decorations are also usually so beautiful in all the big shopping centres, and if you’re lucky there might even be bands playing all the classic festive tunes that fill you with that sentimental, fuzzy feeling.
- Trying Out New Festive Recipes
I think during the Christmas holidays more than any other time of year, everyone suddenly wants to release their inner Nigella! I love making little tasty desserts and various platters for our family buffets. A few really good Instagram accounts to follow with loads of great ideas and dishes are @detoxinista and @realfoodlifestylewithjenny ! For those of you who love baking, Tanya Burr’s new Christmas book has also recently come out!
- The Christmas Jumper
Yes, that wonderful yet equally horrific jumper that comes out only once every year (multiple times if you’re a bit too extra like me). My brother doesn’t actually own a stupidly over-the-top, super embarrassing festive piece of knitwear which I’m hoping to change in the coming weeks, because REALLY? What’s Christmas without looking as daft as this?
- The Theatre
Theatre is one of those things that many of us wish we could attend more frequently but which goes hand in hand with an empty bank balance. Yes, it’s pricey. However, if you can put aside a bit of cash each week to try and save, there are many deals for big groups and even discounts if you book last minute. There’s something magical about the theatre at Christmas that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s just magic. My family traditionally go and see a musical every year. This December, we’ll be watching Elf! The Musical at The Lowry and I’ve already been listening to the soundtrack on repeat!
- Decorating the Christmas Tree
One of my favourite aspects of Christmas! I suppose I have my parents to thank for instilling such a massive stress on family and traditions at Christmas because without that I don’t think I’d look towards decorating the tree with the same excitement and happiness. It’s such a great activity to do together with a classic Christmas album on in the background and usually my Dad popping in and out of the lounge every 5 mins to get more Baileys before my Mum just tells him to bring the whole bottle down with him.
- The Fashion
Now I’m thinking of doing a post completely dedicated to winter fashion, maybe a look-book of sorts? So this is just a litter taster of what’s to come. Winter is my favourite time of year as far as fashion is concerned – all those layers to work with (plus sparkles which are obviously, essential)! I love digging out my Mum’s old red coat that was lying unused in the wardrobe for years before I eventually got my hands on it – it is genuinely the most perfect of festive coats and always completes my ensembles like a handful of roasties completes a Christmas dinner. What’s more, dressing a little Christmassy is sure to get you in the mood for mince pies and mulled wine.
This is the most special time of year for me and I absolutely live for when the whole family comes together to eat, drink, laugh and of course bicker (because who’s family doesn’t at Christmas, eh?)
So what things do you do to get yourself into the festive spirit? Because with 1st December fast approaching…it’s time to kick that Christmas cheer into full swing.