As I sit and write this, it is exactly one month until Christmas Day and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve really taken the stress out of Christmas by doing all of my present shopping early so that I could really enjoy taking my time choosing what gifts to buy my family and friends, my cards are all signed and sealed and all that’s left for me to do is to enjoy the festive season.
Its great to see all of the Christmas adverts on the TV as they really do get me all excited and full of anticipation. The advert for Littlewoods this year is absolutely fantastic. It features their brand ambassador, Myleene Klass, alongside some of their key pieces from the Littlewoods Christmas range. Everything from the visuals to the music is stunning. It is worth a watch just to hear the piano music but I’m sure you’ll agree that it really conjures up the excitement of Christmas!
For me, the weeks leading up to Christmas are just as exciting as the day itself, if not more so. I’m not a religious person but at the same time, I don’t think that Christmas is all about big, flashy gifts either, although I do like to ensure that I get those closest to me something that they’ll love. Ultimately though, it is all of the little things that really make my Christmas, like spending time with those that I love and keeping up the traditions that we’ve made over the years. My friends and family mean the absolute world to me so to be able to enjoy time with them is what I love the most about Christmas.
In this post, I thought I’d share some of the little things that really make my Christmas.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter then you’ll know that I’ve been downloading tonnes of Christmas songs onto my iPhone. I must have at least 6 different versions of The Christmas Song on there but I’ll never tire of it. I love listening to Christmas songs, especially when we put our tree up which is actually our first tradition.
In our house, we like to put our Christmas tree up on the 1st of December. We do a really big clean of our sitting room and then put the tree up while playing our favourite Christmas songs. All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey and Fairytale of New York by The Pogues are two of my absolute favourites.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Mr WLL and I always have a couple of Christmassy days out. This usually involves heading into Newcastle or the Metrocentre for a spot of Christmas shopping and lunch somewhere. We always go to the cinema too to see a Christmas film if theres one out. Either way, watching festive films features heavily in our Christmas celebrations as once our home is looking all warm and festive, we like to light the candles, snuggle up and watch lots of Christmas DVDs.
I like to spend time with my friends in the lead up to the big day. There’s one particular group that I’ve known since school and every year we meet up for supper and drinks in a nice restaurant and exchange gifts. Nothing too expensive, more like stocking fillers, as we found that its so easy for the budget to get out of hand which was fine when we were all living at home but now that we all have our own bills to pay, we’re a little more conscious of how much we’re spending. What I love the most about this particular part of my festive season is that we all spend time finding the perfect Christmas party dress, getting dressed up and doing our hair and makeup nicely. I just love nights out with these girls and my Christmas wouldn’t be complete without it!
Mr WLL and I always do our food shop on Christmas Eve and while most people that I speak to think that this is so stressful, we actually enjoy it as we go really early, get it all done and dusted, home and unpacked and then we start to enjoy our day. This year we’re going to sing Christmas carols and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine at a place near us and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re going to come home to drop the car off afterwards and walk along to the pub like we usually do for a quick Christmas drink. I love doing this every year as all of the locals are always in such good spirits. It is a real community atmosphere.
Then its home to really start enjoying our Christmas traditions.
Every year I make a stocking for Mr WLL and my dad and they make one for me too. Each stocking has some Christmas chocolate inside, along with a new set of Pyjamas and a Lush bath ballistic. You can see which ones I bought in my Lush haul YouTube video. Then we each take a Christmas Lush bath and then pop our new PJs on. Usually we’ll have a ‘picky tea’ while watching a Christmas film and then we’ll get into our freshly laundered beds before midnight (otherwise Santa wont come!).
I might be 27 but I really like to keep the magic of Christmas alive. Its such a special time to spend with my family and without all of these little things, it just wouldn’t be the same.
What makes your Christmas?
*This post was written in collaboration with Littlewoods
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