…and how to make the most of the festive season!
It’s Christmas tomorrow and I’ve got that buzzy, jolly feeling in my belly, who’s with me?
I for one am way too excited by the December rush to get stressed out about Christmas, but what with all the gift buying and present wrapping, decorating and organising your social calendar I can see how this time of year can get too much for some. And that’s assuming you’re not hosting Christmas Day itself – I’m hoping I can stay away from playing hostess for a good few years yet!
Not only can the Christmas ‘to-dos’ pile up but we tend to work right up until the big day as well. And for those who work in retail, Christmas tends to be consumed by work. The world of work is changing and ‘switching off’ has become even more difficult thanks to technology which brings work in to our homes and personal lives. We are constantly under pressure to do more with less, which means there is a growing need to take care of our wellbeing and what better time to start than Christmas. Luckily for me, I work in Workplace Health & Wellbeing so we have to live our philosophy!
So I wanted to throw together a list of my favourite Christmassy activities in the hope that it can help induce that ‘kid at Christmas’ feeling.
1. Make mulled wine or mulled cider or mulled anything for that matter. And by make I mean drink large quantities of it.
2. Buy a giant tin of Quality Street and keep it next to you at all times. Play ‘every time someone says ‘Christmas’, eat a chocolate’ whilst watching TV (like you need another excuse to eat chocolate this time of year!)
3. Burn a Christmas candle, the larger the better. FYI The White Company Winter candle is the best!
4. Put on your favourite Christmas film and get cosy under a blanket. Or even better, go through the Radio Times and highlight everything you’re going to watch over the festive period.
5. Squeeze your pets in to festive outfits and take pictures until your phone storage has a breakdown.
6. Go for a walk in to the city and marvel at all the lights and feel smug whilst watching everyone frantically rushing around finishing off their Christmas shopping!
And if these things don’t put you in the festive spirit then you have no soul. No I joke, but most importantly spend the time with your number ones and laugh so much you want to throw up all that cheese you ate!
This may not be the most festive of outfits but for me it’s certainly A/W personified.
It’s all about the boots. My last pair of OTK boots fell down to my ankles every time I took a few steps which was honestly so frustrating (first world problems) but all hail Topshop for creating these beauties which seem to have slimmer, stretchier legs. 10 out of 10 would recommend if you’re in the market for some!
Does anyone else feel a bit guilty for buying things for themselves so close to Christmas? First up I feel like I should be doing more gifting, but also I’m constantly weighing up the probability of said item going in to the Boxing Day sales which was a risk I did not want to take when it came to the boots.
Now go get festive and have the most magical Christmas! Enjoy and let me know your Christmas traditions, I can always make time for more festivities.