Yesterday was wonderful. I booked a day off to buy and decorate my first ever real Christmas tree. I did step in dog poo, smash a glass bauble and bought netted light curtains instead of tree lights, but whatcha gonna do? I mean I don’t know about you, but I really think I’m bossing adult life right now. Just me doing adult things and making my first Christmas in my new home one I’ll remember forever.
When we work, exercise, blog, socialise and just try to be the best person we can, before we know it Christmas has been and gone and that lull between Christmas and New Years has just been left to decay and sit there, along with the tub of cheeselets and boxes of partially opened Christmas biscuits. Let’s face it, there’s always at least 5 on the go.
I want to make this Christmas the best yet, Squeeze every ounce of time out of my days off and just ya know, make it the best one yet.
Just a gal hooking you up with 30 lil things to keep you occupied this Christmas so you can tell your colleagues on the 2nd Jan you’ve done more than eat. Well, maybe.
1. Go to a Christmas carol service, with mince pies, mulled wine and good people. Most churches host these sorts of events. There is one in Plymouth on the 19th and I am ridiculously excited. It’s something I’ve never been to before, but it’s sure to give me all the festive feels.
2. A day devoted to Christmas films, wrapping, and doing nothing. Okay, so we’ve probably already all done this. But there is nothing better than keeping cosy, not moving for the whole day and just generally loving life.
3.A Boxing Day walk. Nothing gets me ready for more food quite like a Boxing Day morning walk. It always feels so fresh and quiet on this day, and I love the anticipation of more food and films with the family.
4.A board games evening. With hot chocolates and snacks. ‘Cos Christmas. It’s the perfect reason to ditch your phone for the evening and enjoy the company you’re with.
5.Do a random act of kindness. Buy a homeless person a drink, donate some clothes to charity or a local refuge centre. Take part in the shoebox appeal. Christmas is a time for giving and family, but it’s also important to think of those less fortunate.
6. Bake mince pies and Christmas gingerbread cookies, eat them in one sitting.
7.Go for an evening walk and admire all the Christmas lights on the houses. It’s my favourite thing to do. I try to do the same when I drive home from work, but there’s only so many times I can get away without hitting something.
8. Christmas jumpers all day errr day. It doesn’t have to be Christmas jumper day to wear those ugly, but oh so beautiful things.
9. Build a gingerbread house. This has legit been on my Christmas bucket list for 16373 years. Basically since before time. I can’t think of anything more fun than building one by yourself or with a sibling or partner, if ya fancy a row.
10.Wrapping. Get the Pinterest boards out, the ribbons, masses of wrapping paper and even some foliage. I like to go ALL out when it comes to wrapping. I love getting crafty and making it look nice. Is it okay to ask for the ribbon back after tho? Asking for a friend.
11.Sales shopping. Whether you’re a get up at 5am kinda gal on Boxing Day morning or like doing it from the comfort of your Christmas pit, there’s always sales to be had. A great filler of time when the family have gone home and your only company is a tub of cheeselets.
12. Plan your new year. Once the festivities are out of the way, that lull until New year is the perfect time to sit down and think about your goals for the new year. There’s never a time I feel like I have my shit together as much as when I have that written list of resolutions in front of me.
13. Go to the pantomine. If the ‘he’s behind you’ jokes still get you, then the panto is an absolute must. Who said it’s just for the kids?
14. Buy everything festive shaped. Christmas tree crumpets, tick. Mini mince pies, tick. ALL the festive food needs to be bought, consumed and posted on Instagram during the 12 days of Christmas. It will guarantee you at least 20 likes.
15.Head to your local Christmas market or go away somewhere for the weekend. Sample all the food stalls, hot chocolates, churros, mulled wine EVEN Yorkshire pudding wraps in Plymouth, say what. Eat your way around each stall until you can’t walk anymore.
16. Buy a real Christmas tree, and decorate it. It’s 100% more effort than a fake tree, BUT the smell and the fun of trying to make it look straight. It’s worth every bloomin’ second.
17.Turn on Christmas FM. Cut the fuss. Make the switch and revel in the Last Christmas’ and All I want For Christmas for at least, hmm, all 4 weeks of December.
18. Buy all the Christmas lush bath bombs. Use Luxury Christmas Pud bath bomb on Christmas Eve, bathe in it, enjoy the sweet scent of Twilight. No Christmas Eve bath time will ever be the same again without this one.
19.Crack out the new Christmas PJS. Head to Primark for a new set, hit up the ASOS next day delivery for a pair on the 23rd if you forget. There’s nothing better than putting on a clean, fresh pair when you’re waiting for Santa.
20. Ice skating. Whether you hit the ice, or just sit from the sidelines and pretend you went, ice skating is so magical at Christmas. It might not be the Rockefeller ice rink, but STILL.
21. Cracking the tub of Roses open at 10am. Ain’t no time like the present. (DOES ANYONE EVEN LIKE ROSES THO?)
22. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows. Swap that daily cuppa for a little cup of loveliness. Nothing says Christmas like a warm cup of cocoa.
23. Invite everyone over. Being a host and getting to buy all the festive napkins, plates, cups, balloons, festive food is just the best. £100? No problem. It’s Christmas! Making your guests have the nicest time is just the best feeling. Not up to hosting? just order a dominos for everyone. It’s a win, win!
24. Light all the candles, turn all the fairy lights on. I always hit up the Primark home aisle for a set of fairy lights, or 56.
25. Have digital free time. I’m actually *thinking* about not using or looking at social media once on Christmas Day. There’s only so many engagements and #boydidgood posts a gal can see, and quite frankly I want to be in the moment this year and grateful for what I have around me.
26. Crack out a Christmas buffet. I might go as far as saying I actually sometimes prefer a buffet to the actual Christmas roast. Well, probably not, but I do love a bloody good spread. The cheese, the crisps, the chocolate, the nibbles, I like it all.
27. Leftover turkey sandwiches and chips. The leftover turkey is here to stay, there’s plenty of it, if you’re not a bubble and squeak sort of person, sandwiches are the next best thing.
28. Make a Christmas cake from scratch, Ok, so you probably needed to do this one a couple of months in advance. We usually buy a pre-made fruit cake and then decorate it with marzipan, chocolate, basically the whole works. It’s still just as fun and tastes pretty good too.
29.Christmas is a whirlwind, but it’s also a time to take time out and rest. Christmas is for you to refresh and look after yourself. Make time for self care, general rest and time alone. It’s so important to realise you don’t have to be constantly pleasing people over the Christmas period. You do you.
30. Hang a Christmas wreath on your door. Go round the local neighbourhood and take a picture of every single door you spot with a wreath on it. I make this a yearly tradition now and I love that I can actually take part this year too. Perfect Insta content for the whole holidays. #ihavethisthingwithdoors
What are you most excited about this Christmas?