What I Love About Christmas
There’s no doubt that Christmas is my favourite time of the year. When I was growing up, Christmas was strictly a December holiday, but embracing it throughout November as well has really given me the time to appreciate all that is special about this time of year.
I wanted to pay some respect to my favourite holiday and write about the things that make me love Christmas so much. I’m sure there are still some people who just don’t get the hype around this time of year, so hopefully this helps those people understand.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS
How could I not start with festive interiors? Fairy lights, baubles, candles, glitter, ribbons and sparkles. Let’s not forget all of the greenery. I love that people bring the outside in by way of wreaths, trees and festive garlands. So much care is placed into how our homes are presented this time of year and I really love the traditions that surround it: decorating the Christmas tree, stringing lights up outside and placing scented candles in every nook and cranny.
It’s what the season is all about. I love heading home around the 20th each year and staying with Dad for a week or so. I get to see my grandparents and help my Nan with all of her wrapping and baking, and I get to watch back to back Christmas films with my Dad every night over a festive drink. It’s the best.
Hygge [pronounced hue-guh]
Since it’s explosion into the world last year, hygge has become a major trend. Unfortunately, it’s also been heavily commercialised, insisting that one is simply not hyggelig [hygge-like] unless they are buying all of the cosy blankets, expensive candles, and comfy loungewear. If you take the term back to its roots, however, you’ll find that it’s not about that at all. Hygge is about being in the moment. Whether that’s watching a film on a Sunday afternoon with your family or curling up with a book during the wee hours of Sunday morning, it’s about recognising you are within a beautiful moment and relishing that fact. I feel like Christmas really envokes the hygge spirit in me, and I spend a great deal of my month baking, reading, snoozing, watching films and catching up with friends and family over a cup of tea – all very in the moment stuff – which is what I love about the festive season so much.
Spoiling Your Loved Ones
Because there’s no greater feeling than seeing their faces light up with joy.
Glitter, Sequins and Sparkles
I know I’ve already kind of mentioned these things, but they are a major contributor to why I love Christmas so much. Glitter, sequins and sparkles everywhere is such a beautiful and magical sight! I love sparkly loungewear, baubles filled with sequins and glittery trimmings.
Our only Starbucks store in the Sunshine Coast closed down last year, which made both Harry and I so sad. Grabbing a festive latte [or two] used to be our Christmas tradition, so we’ll have to get strategic with how we’ll get our Gingerbread and Toffee Nut Latte fix this year.
Possibly the best best best part of Christmas. Elf, Home Alone, Jingle All The Way, Love Actually, The Holiday, Christmas With The Kranks and The Santa Clause are just some of my faves.
Becoming A Christmas Elf
By way of gift wrapping, of course. I get so excited to sit down in front of a Christmas film with a hot chocolate and wrap gifts. I also love making, writing and sending cards to all of my friends and fam.
Last but not least is of course all of the festive food. Each Christmas I stock my pantry with all things marshmallow, salted caramel, mint chip, gingerbread, toffee nut and chocolate. I also love mashed potatoes, roasted turkey, garlic beans and lots of gravy. Oh and I can’t forget my Nan’s famous coleslaw, roasted spuds and incredible peas.
What do you love about Christmas?