15 WAYS TO INSTANTLY FEEL MORE FESTIVE

As soon as we hit December it feels like time just flies by. The countdown to Christmas day has officially begun. The decorations are up and most of us are manically trying to finish are shopping, visit relatives and get enough work done to justify a much-deserved break to enjoy the festivities.

Although we’re surrounded by Christmas merriment, this busyness often means the big day arrives before we know it, without us having chance to make the most of the lead-up (AKA the best part). But I’m determined to not let that happen this year, so I’ve created a list of 15 ways to instantly feel more festive.

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1. Buy Christmas pyjamas you can wear on the big day and during the lead up.

2. Make eggnog or mulled wine to serve with a mince pie.

3. Take a Christmas bath. Use a Lush festive bath bomb, blast the Christmas music, light a cinnamon candle and drink someย mulled wine. Perfection….

4. Decorate your work desk with tinsel and a small tree.

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5. Buy a festive latte as a Friday treat (avoid the Starbucks eggnog latte).

6. Read a Christmas or winter-themed book. I’ve chosen Winters’ Snow by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

7. Get a Christmas duvet set to instantly make your bedroom more festive.

8. Watch old Christmas TV episodes or YouTube videos.

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COAT, JUMPER, BERET – TOPSHOP, JEANS – JOANIE CLOTHING, BAG – PAUL’S BOUTIQUE, SHOES – CLARKS

9. Get a festive-designed manicure.

10. Make a festive inspired dinner. I’m opting for hunters chicken with brie, cranberry sauce and bacon! You could even make your own festive sandwich.

11.ย  Watch the latest Xmas film out at the cinema or watch a classic at a pop up cinema.

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12. Get a pair of festive earrings. Tinsel stars and bauble earrings are never going to go out of fashion… right?

13. Do some Christmas baking. There are so many recipes out there or you could just throw in some festive ingredients and hope for the best!

14. Go on a winter walk after eating a Sunday roast.

15. Buy a poinsettia plant or a bunch of festive flowers.

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THE JOY OF EMBRACING CHRISTMAS EARLY

Over the past few weeks, I have really been embracing the word that most people seem to dread before we hit December – Christmas. I have begun watching the films and this week I even put on my first festive jumper of the season. And it has given me absolute joy. I’ve been getting plenty of eye rolls and questions like ‘aren’t you going to get bored?’ Well, the answer is no. Although I understand it can be annoying to be surrounded by a festive-mad person, why does this time of year divide us so much?

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Those that are strict about waiting until it’s ‘socially acceptable’ to get into the spirit, can’t seem to understand those of us that just can’t wait. Yesterday I had this conversation with a known Grinch and I simply explained ‘it just makes me happy’. Personally, I think if anything gives you a hint of joy, just run with it. Don’t worry about what other people think. Just enjoy it.

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JACKET, BAG AND SOCKS – TOPSHOP, JEANS – JOANIE CLOTHING, JUMPER – NEXT, SHOES – NEW LOOK, EARRINGS – ASOS

However, I am saving the true Christmas festivities until next month such as decorating our home, watching Elf and playing the ‘Now That’s What I Call Christmas’ album on repeat. So, what’s the harm in easing myself into the season by watching the latest Netflix festive film, beginning my Christmas shopping and wearing this beaaaaautiful jumper?

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If you aren’t quite ready to parade your festiveness with garish knitwear, this one is perfect for subtly nodding to the Christmas season. If that’s still a bit much for you, and you want to secretly get involved, buy a pair of festive socks.

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I don’t always begin the festivities this early but for some reason, I have found it extremely uplifting and has helped me get out of a funk. However, I am slightly concerned with how I’ll feel once Christmas is over. So, I need to get a plan together to prevent the annual slump. Watch this space!

 

MY AUTUMNAL TO-DO LIST

Autumn is definitely one of my favourite times of the year. There are so many things that I love about it. But before you know it, Christmas will be here. Although there’s no pressure to make the most of each season, I always feel such joy when I make an effort. To avoid missing out and running out of time, I’ve decided to put a list together of all the autumnal things I want to do, what I’ve already done and anything I want to do differently next year.

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1. Drink a pumpkin spiced latte. I tried this for the first time this year, although I do enjoy the festivity of it, I don’t think it lived up to the hype. But I’ll most likely get another one next year…

2. Watch autumnal films. This year I created a list of films to watch over Halloween and autumn in general. This includes Casper, When Harry Met Sally, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Haunted Mansion, Jawbreaker, You’ve Got Mail, October Kiss, The Craft and of course, Hocus Pocus. I’m still working my way through these before I move on to Christmas films, but I’m loving every second of it!

3. Put together an outfit full of layering and autumnal colours. I’m pretty sure this outfit covers everything autumn, with the rust orange, check print and knitwear. I’m obsessed with it! I can’t wait to change it up with even more (and thicker) layers through winter.

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COAT, PINAFORE DRESS – TOPSHOP, JUMPER – F&F, BOOTS – PRIMARK, BAG – PAUL’S BOUTIQUE

4. Visit a pumpkin patch and carve one. So this year, I didn’t quite make time for this but I really want to get round to it next year. I’ve loved seeing the many amazing designs online.

5. Baking. This year I decided to make a toffee apple crumble which was delicious! However, my attempt to make parkin did not go so well…. so a shop-bought version had to do this time around. I’m still hoping to fit in a pecan pie before the season is up.

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6. Buy autumnal bedding, cushions and blankets. This is definitely something I want to do next year. I didn’t quite have the budget for it this year but I think it would be great to have, so I can bring a cosy vibe to my home every autumn

7. Get an autumnal jumper. I was hoping to get a classic orange jumper or knitwear with leaves printed on, but I didn’t find ‘the one’. I think this year I’ll stick to adding to my Christmas jumper collection.

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8. Candles, candles and more candles. I couldn’t resist purchasing a pumpkin scented candle to keep me toasty through the colder nights. I definitely need some more though!

9. Visit a firework display. This year, my warm cosy flat was too persuasive so I stayed inside on bonfire night. But next year I’m determined to make it a special occasion.

10. Create an autumnal makeup look. On Halloween this year I ‘dressed up’ my face with orange eye shadow and dark lips. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

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Now that the temperature has suddenly dropped and the rain seems never-ending, these small autumnal festivities can be really uplifting if you love this time of year too.

Although Halloween and bonfire night have already taken place, I’m not ready to give this season up just yet. Before we reach ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ I hope to tick anything remaining off of my list!