Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of year; there’s so much to enjoy, food to indulge in and wine to be consumed. Regardless of your age, it’s a time to be surrounded by family, friends, good food and a copious amount of festive fun!
When I think back to every Christmas I can remember, they’re always filled with such joy and happiness. From unwrapping presents, eating bacon sandwiches on Christmas morning, getting dressed up in sparkly attire for Christmas dinner, and then watching a Christmas film while my parents inevitably fall asleep on the sofa after the day’s antics; it’s always such a bloody amazing time.
Here are 25 of the best things about Christmas!
I *think* the food might be one of my favourite things about Christmas…
Whether it’s decadent chocolates, pies, ALL the meat, potatoes and a plethora of pigs in blankets, food is definitely one of the best things about this time of year!
I never used to be a foodie person at all, but that’s changed an awful lot over the years and now when Christmas comes around, I can’t wait to dive into all the chocolate tins and leftover turkey sandwiches!
If you ever feel like you need an excuse to get p*ssed on a school night, it’s got to be at Christmas time, right?!
A cheeky glass of wine or a boozy mulled cider while enjoying the Christmas markets is basically compulsory at this time of year, and there’s something about raising a glass and toasting the celebrations that’s so wonderfully festive.
Even if you’re not partial to a festive tipple (or two), there are still so many non-alcoholic beverages to be enjoyed. I absolutely love a decadent hot chocolate at this time of year, and there’s nothing more cosy than snuggling up on the sofa with a hot mug of hot chocolate and something cheesy on the tele.
There are so many wonderful Christmas markets to be enjoyed all over the world, and it’s definitely something on my bucket list to see as many as I possibly can.
If you’re not able to make it to the likes of the German or Swiss Christmas markets, then make sure you pay a visit to the London, Edinburgh and York Christmas markets as they’re some of the best in the country.
I’ve spent a few of the past weekends wandering around the York Christmas markets and even though it’s been painfully busy, it’s still such a lovely and festive activity to enjoy.
Being a blogger, I’ve been lucky enough to attend a number of Christmas themed events this year, but by far the best was the Moonpig event a couple of weeks ago.
The lovely team at Moonpig organised a wonderful afternoon of wreath-making, Santa sack creating, cocktail masterclasses and photo booth fun, at a beautiful bar in Leeds city centre.
It was one of my favourite events I’ve ever been to and having already been a huge fan of the Moonpig brand, it was so great to see what they have coming up in the next few months.
Family is without a doubt one of the best things about Christmas. Chaos may ensue, and arguments over Monopoly may break out but at the end of the day, it really is so wonderfully special to spend time with those closest to you.
It’s not just Christmas Day that’s a cause for family time either; festive activities such as the Pantomime, ice skating and days of watching endless films are all incredible memories to be made.
Christmas music is something that just never seems to get old.
No matter how many times I listen to ‘All I Want For Christmas’ or have arguments with my parents over the lyrics of ‘Fairytale of New York’, I still never tire of listening to the same Christmas albums each and every year.
Similarly to the musical aspect of Christmas, I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of watching the same Christmas films each and every year.
I’m also not sure that I could pick just one favourite either; I adore The Holiday, Love Actually, Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!
Let me know in the comments what your favourite Christmas film is!
As I’m sure you’re all aware, travel is important to me at literally any time of the year but there’s something so truly magical about travelling at this time of year.
If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ll have seen that I spent some time in New York a couple of weeks ago with my mum and sister. I always love visiting the USA; especially when I get to try out their delicious foods.
A recent study that was undertaken by Data Label into the way that different brands have varying alterations of their naming and packaging all over the world; shows that depending on which country they’re in, they often have a different name, something which I haven’t really thought about too much before.
However, it was definitely something I really noticed when I was in New York (and even in Amsterdam last New Year). The likes of Walkers (UK) and Lay’s (Worldwide), Coco Pops (UK) and Cocoa Krispies (USA) and Milky Way (Worldwide) and 3 Musketeers (USA) are all examples of the changes that brands make around the world.
Travel, especially at Christmas time, really allows us to experience different cultures and different cuisines; and even if they’re considered to be the same brand, there’s still a noticeable difference in the name and branding of many worldwide brands!
Chance of snow
The chance of snow at this time of year is generally a long shot (especially when you consider that it snowed in March this year!), but it’s still a lovely thing to anticipate that it might snow.
I’m sure there will have been, but I don’t remember experiencing a white Christmas before; but waking up to the snow-covered scenery on Christmas morning would truly be something remarkable to remember.
The festive season is always abundant in a plethora of parties and get togethers.
Whether it’s your annual work Christmas party, a prosecco-fuelled evening with friends, or your family’s Boxing Day gathering, there are always so many parties to attend around Christmas.
I have to admit – I’m not actually the biggest fan of Secret Santa usually, but for the last few years it’s actually been so much fun doing it at work.
Obviously, no one can ever keep it a complete secret, and there’s usually always someone who forgets or has to write an IOU, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without someone getting the boss a Michael Scott-esque ‘World’s Best Boss’ mug, would it?!
Decorating the tree
Decorating the tree (and the whole house for that matter) has always been one of my absolutely favourite things about Christmas.
My mum is a notorious control freak when it comes to decorating the tree, and she has to have a bauble on every single branch of the tree. With us now living in our own apartment, there really isn’t much room for many decorations but we made do with our tiny little tree, and this year I found myself adopting my mum’s tree decorating tendencies and made sure that I had a bauble on every branch!
Festive lights everywhere
In York, there’s a street called Twinkle Pike Way that decorates most of the houses in the street to excess. There’s SO many lights and displays and it really is such a magical experience; it’s yet another thing that I never tire of seeing at Christmas time.
It’s also so lovely to wander through town or just drive along and see people’s festive lights both inside and outside their homes.
There’s something about hot chocolate that’s just so festive, magical and warming, especially after a cold day outside.
I absolutely adore at this time of year, when it gets dark early outside, to come home and snuggle up in front of the tele with the tree lights on and a substantial mug of hot chocolate.
Bonus points if you fully equip it with plenty of cream and marshmallows!
While obviously the festive period is definitely about more than just toys, lavish gifts and expensive presents, it still is always lovely to unwrap something on Christmas Day.
I also actually adore wrapping presents and I have a tradition every year where I wrap my presents and watch the Christmas episode of Gavin and Stacey; it’s something that I’ve done for so many years now and it’s still one of my favourite things about Christmas.
Despite the bitterly cold air during December, there really is nothing more lovely than a winter walk while you’re all wrapped up warm.
It’s even better if there’s blue skies as it makes the whole scenery that bit more magical and mystical.
Cosy nights in
I’ve mentioned the idea of cosy nights in quite a lot in this post and that’s because they truly are one of the 25 best things about Christmas.
Whether it’s a cosy night in after work where you get straight into your pyjamas and snuggle up with a good book and a hot drink, or you have a sick day due to the inevitable winter cold that makes its rounds; a cosy day/night in is always so perfect.
I’m not sure about previous years, but I know that this year Netflix has released some absolute corkers of Netflix original Christmas films.
As well as adding other classic films such as The Holiday and Love Actually, they’ve also made their own festive movies in the likes of The Princess Switch and The Holiday Calendar.
These films are unbelievably cheesy but they’re perfect if you’re a fan of a good rom-com.
While this might seem like a slightly odd thing to love about Christmas, and it probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; one of my fave things is definitely winter skincare.
I don’t suffer too much with my skin (thankfully) but it can get a little dry as the cold weather rolls in. That’s why I adore winter skincare that’s brought out by many brands each year because there’s always something that really helps nourish my skin back to full glow!
Overall festive cheer
This is quite a generic point but it’s still one that’s entirely relevant to this time of year and that’s the overall festive cheer that comes with Christmas.
Despite everywhere being approximately 40 times busier than usual, there does always seem to be a genuine air of happiness and cheeriness everywhere that’s not really present at any other time of year.
Christmas Eve excitement
I honestly think that one of the greatest things about Christmas is that childlike anticipation that you feel on Christmas Eve, no matter what age you are.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve still got younger siblings, but I always find myself feeling like a five year old again come Christmas Eve, when it’s time to leave some food out for Santa and his reindeer!
Time off school/work
I think I’ll always remember that sheer and utter excitement that everyone felt on the last day of school before you broke up for the holidays.
While we might not get two full weeks off at now, you’ll still get at least a little bit of time off over the festive period to enjoy all the food, wine and family time you can manage.
Obviously the picture above isn’t of a Christmas Dinner but I couldn’t actually find a picture of dinner from a previous year so I’m guessing that I must just inhale it before I can take a picture!
Anyway, Christmas Dinner is one of the very best things about Christmas as it’s bloody amazing to load your plate with pigs in blankets, turkey, potatoes and lashings of gravy, before collapsing into a food coma for the rest of the evening.
Cosy clothes & Christmas jumpers
I never need a reason to wrap up nice and warm and cosy, but Christmas time is definitely the appropriate time to do so.
Tacky Christmas jumpers and oversized knitted jumpers are where it’s at, at this time of year, and I love nothing more than cosy dressing.
Christmas shopping can get very tiresome and overwhelming, especially if you leave it to the last minute, but it’s also such a lovely thing to do.
I adore buying gifts for everyone, making sure I know they’ll love them and then wrapping them to the best of my ability.
It’s such a wonderful feeling giving a gift to someone and it’s something that I’m really looking forward to this year.
What are your favourite things about Christmas? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.
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