25/11/2017

LIFESTYLE | How To Get Into the Festive Spirit


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Can you hear Michael Buble's voice now? Because his songs have been stuck in my head for the past two weeks. As soon as November arrived, everything turned into a Christmas wonderland - the shops, the lights in town, the festive drinks, the presents and the warm jumpers... All this have made me so excited for December and the Christmas festivities. I have thus decided to share with you a post about one of the things that makes me really happy at the moment - how to get into the Christmas spirit!

Going for a festive coffee in your favourite chain

Now I am aware that we should always support independent cafés, but I can't help it - festive drinks in chains like Costa or Caffe Nero are my jam. I'm always excited to discover the new flavours that brands come up with each year. So far I have only tried the roasted hazelnut latte from Caffe Nero, and it's yummy!
These drinks are more expensive than the regular ones (and to be fair, they're often too expensive no matter how good they taste!) but once or twice up 'til December, going for a festive coffee or hot chocolate with a friend is the perfect way to enjoy a cosy winter afternoon after an intense Christmas shopping session.

Getting cards for your loved ones

Giving cards is still a great tradition in the UK, and I'm so glad because I think getting cards to your friends and family, but even co-workers, is a lovely attention at this time of year. There are many stores where you can find pretty cards, Clintons being one of my favourite. You can leave a personal note as well, and sometimes thoughtful words are more worthy than the biggest presents!
You could spend ages in the shops looking at all the different card designs - minimalist, sparkly, cute, sassy, traditional, with Santas, reindeer and Christmas trees... This year I bought a pack of cards from WH Smith, but I am also going to make my own cards for the most special people in my life. I'll share the DIY on the blog so stay tuned for that!


Decorating your home

Some might say November is still too early for decorations, but I strongly disagree (as you might have guessed!) To keep feeling festive even when you don't see the lights in the streets and the displays in the shops, you only have to make your home a little Christmassy to start with! 
I'm not suggesting getting a tree just yet, but putting up little fairly lights, a couple baubles or ornaments, and lighting a warm scented candle will make you feel like it's December already. I always recommend TK Maxx for great candles at a really good price, mine this year is a Spicy Cinnamon candle from the brand DW Home and it smells divine!

On your screens: Christmas music & films

One could say that it's totally acceptable to watch Love, Actually in June, but to me watching this film in the weeks leading up to Christmas has become a tradition I would never break! Everybody has their favourite film: The Holiday, Elf, The Grinch... It's the best opportunity to invite a couple friends or your significant other over for a Christmas film with biscuits and a good hot chocolate. Alternatively, you could organise a festive dinner to show off your best winter cooking skills, singing along to classics such as Last Christmas or All I Want For Christmas Is You. Yes, this is pretty much the only acceptable time for you to make your friends listen to Mariah Carey.

What are your favourite Christmas-related things to do as soon as the season arrives?
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21 comments:

  1. I like decorating, but I reserve it to the first weekend of December to keep things seasonal. Christmas movies are not my favorites, but I adore the lights in the streets and of course all the sweet treats there are.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. Most sensible people still wait for December to start decorating, so I still understand you! Sweet treats at Christmas are the best, there's never so many types of chocolate available and it makes me so happy haha! xx

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  2. I love hearing Christmas songs! It really gives that Christmas vibes feeling <3
    Advance Merry Christmas! :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes it really does, and it makes you in such a good mood as well! Thanks Shaira! xx

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  3. Nice post!! Your blog is interesting!!

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  4. I love Christmas card !
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  5. I love Christmas decorating. I can't wait for Christmas to come.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

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    1. Isn't it the most exciting time of the year? xx

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  6. I love decorating at home while listening to christmas music as it's always a family activity! Your christmas tree baubles look gorgeous and yes...I can hear Micheal Buble everywhere haha!

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. Haha I am just like you Sarah! Buble is like the Christmas king haha, wonder if he's annoyed by that now! xx

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  7. Christimas is by far my favourite time of the year. I LOVE getting my friends and family cards and decorating the house... This year, though, I'm spending it far from home, in Germany, so I won't do any decorating because the house isn't mine... However, there are a ton of Christmas markets to go to, so, yay! Haha

    -Sofia
    https://sofiachang.co/

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    1. It's a shame you won't be home for Christmas, but as you said there are many Christmas markets you can visit! Apparently Germany does the best, so enjoy! xx

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  8. I'm also hugely excited for Christmas, it feels as though it's pretty much arrived now! Every part of the festive season is so SO exciting. Love your suggestions of how to get into the mood, especially watching Christmas films and starting to decorate :)

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. Yeees it has arrived!! Starting to decorate is the first thing I do every year haha, even just with light touches around my room! xx

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  9. Looks so festive! I love looking at holiday outfits :)

    ephemeralfox.com | Lifestyle & Travel

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    1. Oh yes festive outfits are important too! That's when we should all start to have a look at Christmas jumpers in the shops before it's too late! xx

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  10. Your post has really helped me getting a more festive mood! Thanks!
    Xx Victoria
    www.vidcaria.blogspot.com

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  11. I'm getting into the spirit too!! Your post looks so festive.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Courtney, and yay for the Christmas spirit! xx

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  12. i got myself a gingerbread latte today and it was bliss. i just love the festive season.
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    www.elenaisabelle.com

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