Saturday, 19 December 2015

10 Ways to Get in to the Christmas Spirit

I am officially freeeee from Uni for the next month as I had my last exam on Wednesday!! I literally could not be in more need of a holiday and I am so excited for long lies to be a thing in my life again. This also means that I no longer have an excuse to be slacking on the blogging front so you'll definitely be seeing a lot more of me, you can draw your own conclusions about whether that's a good or bad thing.

However, I am having a slight dilemma. Up until now, I've been so busy that Christmas has not even come close to being properly in my radar. This year I feel like I am missing some of the ol' Christmas spirit, kind of like Cindy Lou Who when she's trying to find Christmas because it just doesn't feel the same but less whiney and with uglier hair. Surely I must not be the only one who just isn't quite feeling Christmas yet? We have just less than a week left to rectify this problem so I thought I'd give you a good old fashioned list of things you can do to make you feel like rockin around the Christmas tree once more. (I promise Christmas puns will not be included in the list because no one needs to hear anymore of those).


1. Carry out all your mundane tasks in the room with the most Christmas decorations. I've finally emerged from the cave that is my room for the first time in 2015 and plonked myself down with my laptop in the living room so I can see our tree. Yes I'm painting my nails in front of the tree, on top of the living room's cream carpet, what of it?

2. Make Christmas card writing less torturous by writing something different in every one. I usually just play it safe with a 'have a lovely Christmas and New Year' but this year things got a bit wild when I tried substituting 'lovely' with 'fab' or even 'wonderful'. If changing things up makes you feel especially anxious, you can always have a list of adjectives next to you to help you with your spelling, because I suddenly lose all ability to write in English when I write cards.

3. Eat all the cranberry. Source every brie and cranberry food item you can and eat it all. Add cranberry to everything, even if you think it won't taste good. It probably will because, I mean come on, it's cranberry.

4. Blast the Christmas tunes, even if you don't feel like it. If you don't own Michael BublĂ©'s Christmas album (then first of all are you okay??), then download it now. It's £9.99 on iTunes or is on Spotify for those of us who haven't actually bought an album this year. Also just throw a bit of Mariah in to the mix and get Mistletoe by Justin Bieber on repeat, I guarantee you'll be singing along in no time.

5. Nothing makes me feel more warm, fuzzy and festive than a Christmassy lush bath bomb. For me, it isn't Christmas until I've used Cinders, my personal fave. My best friend Hannah and I make sure to get each other one every Christmas as our little tradition. Also, make sure to drench yourself with Snow Fairy to make sure you smell like the Christmas angel on top of the tree.

6. Dedicate a day to watching back to back Christmas movies and quoting every line. Home Alone is now on Netflix which is like the best news ever AND I'm planning on making a trip to purchase Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey? in the very near future.

7. Get your Christmas bake on. As of yet, I've not used my first few days of freedom for baking (just sleeping) but I plan to in the near future. These reindeer brownies and Georgina's Christmas jumper cookies are at the top of my 'to bake' list.

8. There's nothing that gets you in the Christmas spirit quite like giving, because really, that's partly what Christmas is all about. Find a good cause in your local community and give what you can, even if it seems like just a tiny amount. Social Bite can provide Christmas dinner for a homeless person in Scotland with every £5 donation (you can find out more here.) and most supermarkets have trollies where you can leave donations for local food banks.

9. I don't know what it is about them, but playing board games at this time of year, as lame as it sounds, makes me feel so festive. Growing up an only child meant that I literally had to beg my parents to play with me because I had no one else (lol) so I love when my fam sits down and humours me with a game of Scrabble.

10. It's not really Christmas without spending it with the people you love most. For some unknown reason, Christmas can be so emosh and always seems to remind me why family, friends, love and all that mushy stuff is so important. So yeah, be a bit more sociable this time of year and hug that weird Aunt that always cries during Christmas dinner.

I hope this list of festivities made you feel a little less Cindy Lou Who and a little more Buddy the Elf. I'm sure after a week of doing all of these things, we'll all be raring to go for Christmas. What are your favourite traditions at Christmas? Thanks for reading!



  1. I always love Christmas films in the run up to the big day x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

    1. Me too, they're so exciting! Hope you have a great Christmas. X

  2. This was a lovely post in the run up to Christmas, I watched The Grinch for the first time ever this week.

    Have a lovely Christmas!

    Amy |

    1. Aww thank you! Hope you enjoyed it, it's one of my faves!!
      You too lovely. Xx


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