Welcome to Blogmas!
Ah, the festive season is upon us and it’s… weird. I think we all know that Christmas is going to be a bit different this year as there’s just so much going on that’s out of our control. However, something that is somewhat in our control is how we feel about it. So, I’m going to do my absolute best to get just as excited and feel just as festive as I do any other year. I want to try to make the most of this time of celebration in a bid to put the absolute sh*tshow that this year has been to the back of my mind, at least for a little while. And, with this attitude in mind, I’ve already had my decs up for two weeks!
So, on with Blogmas! And on with today’s post which, in keeping with the theme of feeling festive, is all about why I love the festive season. And I do love it, like A LOT. I swear as soon as its over I start looking forward to the next year. And as soon as August hits, my brain is on a countdown to Christmas. Not everyone shares this love for Christmas, I know, but if you’re reading this you either definitely do and you’re getting more and more immersed into the world of tinsel, tins of chocolate, Slade, The Pogues and Mariah Carey as we speak, or you’re hoping to get some festive feels, in which case you’re in the right place.
The Build Up of Excitement
I have to admit, I start getting excited about Christmas around August and September. My birthday is at the start of August and as soon as it’s over my brain goes straight to Christmas tree, chocolate orange and Slade central. For me, this gradual building of festive excitement is one of the best parts of the season. Who doesn’t want a prolonged feeling of happiness and anticipation of extreme joy!?
No, not the chocolates, although I do love those too. Actually, I’m more of a Roses or Quality Street girl, but I obviously wouldn’t say no. The festive season seems to include a lot of celebration! Of course there’s no work Christmas parties or huge festive gatherings with friends this year, but there’s potential for Zoom celebrations to make the festive season that extra bit joyous.
The festive season feels like the time to appreciate others. Whether it’s people you know or people you don’t, it’s the perfect time to consider other people. It is the time of giving, after all. I personally like to donate to food banks and see how I can get involved with helping children or the elderly who may be without a gift this year.
As you may have deduced from what you’ve already read, I love Christmas music. I love it so much that I ration it for myself to make sure I get full enjoyment in December. So, I’ve listened to my festive playlist here and there since October, but now it’s December it’s most likely all I’ll be listening to for the next month. I’ve got my Christmas playlist on as I write and personal favourites are Baby It’s Cold Outside and Wonderful Christmastime.
By December I’m used to the darker evenings and love the cosy vibes they bring. There’s nothing I love more than being snuggled up in the house, preferably with the Christmas tree lights twinkling, watching films and eating chocolate. The festive season feels like the perfect time to embrace cosiness.
The festive season brings with it a whole host of brilliant films. As I said, I love a cosy evening watching films, and it’s even better when they’re Christmas ones. I love the classics, like Elf, The Holiday and Love Actually, but Nativity and Arthur Christmas have to be my favourites.
A Relaxing End to the Year
Of course, I know this isn’t the case for a lot of people, but for me the festive season represents the culmination of the year and the perfect time to chill and spend time with loved ones to recuperate before starting a whole new year. And I think this year, I’ll be embracing the end of 2020 more than I have for any other year before!
How can I mention the festive season without bringing up the food!? I know I can technically eat a lot of it all year round, but the chocolate tins, pig in blankets and mince pies just make this time of year even better. I’ve learnt in recent years not to care about what I’m eating or so-called ‘Christmas weight’ (a bullsh*t term in my opinion) which is liberating. Who cares, I’m here to have a good time.
I think the festive season is full of family traditions for a lot of people. Board games, decorating the tree and a fun-filled boxing day are some of mine. I feel like family comes together during the festive period more than any other time of year, in my case at least, which makes me love it.
Making Time for People
Leading on from that, I feel like everyone is more likely to make more time for people during this time. It’s so easy to get caught up in work and all the other little things life throws your way throughout the year, but Christmas really brings people together. I know that I tend to see so many of my friends during the festive season and I love it!
And so, there’s 10 reasons why I love the festive season. I think this year could really use some festive joy so I’m really going all out with it this year. I’ll be posting a new blog post every day from now until Christmas day so if you want more festive content, gift guides and Christmas themed looks, there’s definitely something coming up for you!
What do you love about the festive season?