Christmas

How (And Why) I’m Embracing The Festive Build Up

how i'm embracing the festive build up

You guys, it’s November. You know what that means don’t you? Christmas is NEXT MONTH!

Now I know that some of you will be horrified that I’m even mentioning the C-word, but this year I am well and truly embracing the festive build up. Last year was crappy for my family and I and we spent the last few months of the year dreading the holiday period. The usual magic of Christmas felt totally lost on me, so this year I’m determined to make the most of the season and make up for the festive cheer we missed out on last winter.

And how do I plan on doing that I hear you ask? Well, let me tell you. Here’s how I’m embracing the festive build up…

how i'm embracing the festive build up 1) Getting started early with pressie shopping

I like to think of myself as pretty organised when it comes to Christmas pressie shopping, but if I’m being totally honest, I always end up running around last minute trying to get everything finished off. This year I’m determined to get most of my shopping done in November – that way I can spend cosy nights in in December wrapping them all over a glass of Baileys, rather than frantically shoving them in gift bags with a bit of tissue paper on Christmas Eve!

2) Digging out the Christmas reads

As many of you know, I love reading and am a massive book nerd, so it’s probably not suprising that one of my favourite ways to get into the festive spirit is digging out the Christmas reads. You can never go wrong with a classic like A Christmas Carol, but this year I’ve also treated myself to The Faber Book of Christmas and Nigel Slater’s new book, The Christmas Chronicles. Both books are absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to dip in and out of them while curled up in front of the fire.

3) Making my home cosy and festive

Don’t worry guys, I’m not busting out our Christmas tree just yet, but I am making some little seasonal changes to our house to make it super cosy in the run up to December. I’ve stocked up on festive candles and dug out all the blankets, plus we’re having our external doors replaced this weekend which is making me very excitedΒ about wreath options! I’ve also been picking up some new decorations and bits and pieces ready for when it’s socially acceptable to make our house look like Santa’s grotto – BRING. IT. ON.

how i'm embracing the festive build up4) Giving something back

A big part of Christmas for me is taking the opportunity to embrace the season of goodwill and focus on giving something back. There are a few ways I plan on doing that this year, fromΒ focussing our fundraising efforts at Blossom’s Legacy HQ to raise loads of money for a great cause, to whipping up a feast for some of my best friends to say thank you for everything they’ve done for me over the past year. I’ll also be donating to charities that mean a lot to me and making a more conscious effort to spread good cheer and generosity too.

5) Planning lots of festive activities

One of my favourite things about this time of year is how the diary is suddenly filled with lots of fun, festive plans, and this year is no different! I’ve got a couple of Christmas parties to look forward to (the first one is next week, woop), Sam and I will be visiting the Christmas markets in Edinburgh in a few weeks and I’m also off to watch Elf The Musical with my Mum and sister. I’m also excited to celebrate our nephew’s first Christmas too – hopefully we’ll be able to squeeze in some festive days out with him.

6) Embracing all of the little traditions

Last but by no means least is embracing all of the little traditions that the Christmas period brings. Stuff like trying all the Starbucks festive coffee flavours, picking out an advent calendar and whipping up all of my favourite winter foods (anyone else craving camembert already?!). I think these little things all add up to making the season so special, so this year I’ll be checking them all off the list.

Oooooh, just writing this post has made me so excited! Are you embracing the build up to the festive period, and if so, how are you doing it?

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  • We don’t get in the Christmas spirit until 2 December in my household, as it’s my partner’s birthday on the 1st! As soon as we wake up on the second though, I’ll be pulling out my Christmas books too. I’ve already started on the pressie shopping too – it’s so much nicer not to feel rushed, so you can really buy the perfect gifts!

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    • My birthday is mid-November but I’m still embracing the build up! I can’t help myself, haha x

  • Lovely post Sophie, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas this year. I’ve already started digging out the festive reads, I’m currently reading One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot. I have my eye on the Tanya Burr Christmas coffee table book too! πŸ™‚ xx

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    • Oooooh yes, I saw Tanya’s one, it looks great! X

  • Ooo I’m so excited for Christmas this year, down to the main fact that I’m working as a Christmas elf at a local garden centre so I need to get in the Christmas spirit much sooner. I will definitely be doing all these things and more! I’ve already started reading and watching old blogmas/vlogmas’s which is a great place to start to ease you back into the Christmas spirit!
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    • Oh my god, that sounds like such a fun job! x

  • Ahhh reading this made me feel SO excited for Christmas! It’s always been my favourite holiday, and I just can’t wait to eat ALL the gingerbread biscuits, drink all the mulled wine and just walk around admiring all the decorations and Christmas lights. xx

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  • I’m so happy you wrote this, it’s lovely to find other people embracing the Christmas spirit already! I definitely want to start Christmas shopping early this year – I’m telling myself this will be the year – to avoid rushing to crowded stores last minute. Hope you have a lovely November! πŸ™‚ x

  • This made me feel so festive! I need to go home and light a christmassy candle immediately now. I’m definitely going to be trying to make our flat a bit more cosy and festive and embracing all of the little traditions – I love stuff like that! Should really get cracking (or at least considering) with the christmas shopping though…xxx

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    • I know that I’ll still end up being last minute but I can at least try! x

  • Reading this has definitely made me feel festive. I always like to get started on my Christmas shopping early and will certainly be getting the tree up as soon as socially acceptable. I hope you have a wonderful festive time this year. x

  • I feel the exact same way. Why not start Christmas early? The best part is all of the lead up and the anticipation anyways. I love the baking, the movies, the present shopping. Also people always say it sneaks up on them so I’m just being prepared

  • Eeeek I put up almost all of my Christmas decorations two days ago and I don’t regret it at all. I’m saving the tree for later in the month, but I figure why the hell not? We may as well make the most of the festive season while it’s here!

    I’m also going to check out those two books. If you’re into to murder mysteries, I love The Mistletoe Murders by PD James, and if you like YA I recommend Let It Snow by John Green and My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins. They’re all compilations of festive short stories and I love them so much.

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  • Hayley Rubery

    LOVED this post lady – I am completely obsessed with Christmas and am SO getting into the spirit early this year! I’m actually off shopping later today to start Christmas shopping and I cannot wait! Definitely all about giving back and charity work at this time of year, it’s so nice to spread some love at Christmas!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

  • For me Christmas in London is visiting ice rinks ( National History Museum and Somerset House being my favourite), drinking lots of mulled wine and eating tons of marshmallows. Also hunting for the best decorated London window shop is quite fun. x

  • Leanne

    I’m totally on board with the early festivities – I cannot WAIT to put my tree up! Hope you have a fab time at the Christmas parties (and enjoy your Baileys!) x

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