Hello my frosted fairies! I hope your spirits are light and your souls are merry and bright. Today I thought I would rustle up a list of ideas to keep you occupied in the lead up to Christmas Day. As it is just under two weeks until the big day, we can often feel overwhelmed by all the planning and preparation we need to do. Nevertheless, I think that we should also spend some time appreciating the little things and taking care of ourselves after a trying and stressful year. It is so easy to fall into the trap of neglecting yourself during the holiday period as everything around you becomes important and your priority list is jumbled, causing a huge kerfuffle. I’m hoping this little list will help you feel better over the next few weeks, especially if Christmas is a difficult time for you (which I can definitely relate to.)
After a day of Christmas shopping on Saturday, I knew I needed some ‘me time’ as I get exhausted very easily. I made sure that when I got home I changed into some cosy pyjamas (which were so toasty because I’d left them on the radiator), made myself a soothing cuppa in my favourite mug and curled up to watch a comforting, winter classic ~ The Snowman and The Snowdog.
Things To Do This Christmas ♡
- Festive baking: baking in the Christmas period is one of my favourite things to do. There is an endless range of spectacular bakes you could create…from gingerbread men, to gloriously buttery mince pies and sparkling, chocolate yule logs. There is nothing more homely than a kitchen filled with sweet scents of warm ginger, cinnamon and vanilla after an afternoon of baking. Even if you’re not an avid baker, I think Christmas is the perfect opportunity to get involved and enjoy yourself!
2. Treat yourself to a new pair of pyjamas: I feel like this is a holiday tradition for many people but in my opinion there is nothing better than a new pair of cosy pyjamas (especially when you wear them for the first time on Christmas Eve.) I instantly feel like a child again as I snuggle up with a warm drink whilst watching one of my favourite, old Christmas films (I love It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas.)
3. Have a LUSH bubble bath and use one of their Christmas products: personally, I will take a LUSH bath at any time of the year but there’s something about the winter season that makes them even more special. Some of my favourite products from the Christmas range are; the Magic Wand, Butterbear, Snow Angel and the Snow Fairy shower gel. Once you’ve had your bath you could snuggle up in a fluffy pair of slippers, get into your pyjamas and read a magazine whilst doing your skin care routine.
4. Go to a Christmas market: every year I gaze at pictures of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and long to visit. Anyway, even if you can’t go to London this Christmas, you are likely to find a local festive market that you can visit. If you manage to go to one make sure that you wrap up in your winter warmers; mittens, fluffy ear muffs and a marshmallow pink coat are my essentials. Maybe this is your time to indulge in a warming crepe oozing with Nutella and marshmallows or to release your inner child and go on a magical roundabout.
5. Assemble a mini Christmas tree in your bedroom and spread as much festive cheer as possible: This year was the first time I’ve had a Christmas tree in my room and every time I turn on the lights at night I squeal with excitement because I just can’t wait until Christmas day!
6. Treat yourself to a beauty advent calendar: if you haven’t managed to do this by the 1st of December, do not fear because a lot of the calendars are discounted! I always envision opening a new door each day and receiving a lovely, ornate gift as such a magical experience. This one from L’Occitane is definitely my favourite!
7. Spend a night watching your favourite festive films by the fire: P.S make sure to have a hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows and some freshly baked cookies by your side!
8. Dance around your room to a Christmas playlist: Some of my favourites from my Christmas Wishes playlist are… Michael Bublé’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘White Christmas’, Ariana Grande’s ‘Santa Tell Me’, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Frank Sinatra’s ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.
9. Wrap up in a fluffy blanket (I recently ordered this adorable pink poncho and I can’t wait to wear it), put on a pair of cashmere socks (I love these pink ones from The White Company), light a Christmas candle and read a festive classic! I would definitely recommend Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – you can’t fault it at this time of year.
10. Wrap presents and write your Christmas cards to friends and family whilst watching a Christmas film: (P.S leave a little candy cane inside – I’m sure it will make someones day that little bit brighter.)
11. Go to your local ice skating rink: take this opportunity to put on your favourite dress and channel your inner figure skater. I’ve always been inspired by Blair Waldorf’s skating outfit.
12. See The Nutcracker at the theatre: I don’t think a Christmas is complete without seeing a ballet. In October I was so grateful to see Giselle and last Wednesday I had the pleasure of watching The Nutcracker with my mum. The ballet is so special to me. I can recall dancing around the living room to the score on my dads old record player. On Wednesday I cried at the Pas de Deux (as expected) and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Everything was so festive; there was even a Christmas tree lit up inside the theatre.
13. Watch a film with your family at the cinema: this is something I remember doing every year as a child and I still treasure it to this day. This year we’re planning on seeing It’s a Wonderful Life – I’ve never seen an old movie in the cinema and I think the fact that it’s Christmas will make it even more special.
14. Make and assemble a gingerbread house: I did this a few years ago with my brother and it was so much fun!
15. Visit a café and try a new festive drink or treat! (maybe a luxury hot chocolate from M&S or a gingerbread latte from Costa?)
16. Put a festive duvet cover set on your bed: I’m definitely going to put this fawn duvet cover on my bed this week!
17. Start a little craft project or a scrapbook of all your favourite memories from 2017: scrapbooking is so therapeutic for me – whenever I feel anxious or stressed it immediately calms me down and I’m definitely going to continue adding to mine during the final weeks of 2017.
18. After a day of Christmas shopping, make sure to refuel yourself at a cute cupcakery: Peggy Porschen is a winter dream! I’d love to be able to go there one day.
20. Make a homemade festive drink in your favourite Christmassy mug. I’ve recently been enjoying the ‘gingerbread’ green tea from Twinings. It literally smells like freshly baked gingerbread men.
I hope this post has provided you with some inspiration for the festive period. I wish you all a wonderful week and let me know in the comments below what you plan to do in the lead up to Christmas Day and if you’ve tried any of these activities already!
Lots of love,