It’s that time of the year again! The leaves have all dropped and the crisp December weather has arrived. Although I’ve been preparing for Christmas since the middle of November, I’m only now starting to feel festive. I’ve found that since moving to Bath I love Christmas even more! The 23rd of November brings the Christmas markets and the hundreds of Christmassy sheds, which not only look adorable but it has the cutest items that make the perfect Christmas presents. The only downside is it does make town incredibly busy at the weekend, and I ((being the fast walker I am)) often find myself getting grumpy at the all the tourists stopping to take photos right In front of me ((I know, I’m a grump)). Because of this I did find that by the time the 1st of December arrived my festiveness had slumped, and so since I have been trying to get back in the Christmas spirit.
Shopping and Christmas market
On Tuesday i finally felt brave enough to attempt the markets, and it was fabulous – because it wasn’t a weekend I didn’t feel overwhelmed with people everywhere. I even managed to get some cute photos ((even one of my boyfriend Josh demolishing a hot dog which unfortunately he didn’t allowed to publish)) and began to feel Christmassy again.
Decorating the tree
Although I decorated my Christmas tree ridiculously early this year ((no judgement please)), we recently added some new additions. Me and Josh found these cute little tree decorations on a stall on the Christmas market, and they make the perfect festive additions.
Along with these, I’ve also spent a lot of time wrapping up Christmas presents for all my friends and family while I blare out Christmas songs, and I’ve placed them all under the tree for Josh to shake and attempt to guess what they are. With Josh and I now having our own place we finally decided to do stockings for each other and placed them by the fire. I can’t say what’s in Josh’s as he reads these posts but I’m so excited to watch him open his in a couple of weeks – I’ve filled it with lots of Christmas goodies.
We both spend Christmas Day separately with our families, and because of this we’ve decided to have a fake Christmas the week before, complete with a roast, Christmas movies, opening our stockings, and of course lots of chocolate and alcohol ((who wouldn’t want to have 2 christmases?)).
I love wrapping up warm in my winter woolies and going for a walk, and there’s no place prettier than along the canal.
Festive hot chocolate and mince pies
I’ve also spent a lot of time procrastinating, and I’ve found this time is best ‘wasted’ with a hot choc and a mince-pie by the fire.
Lately I’ve been making my hot chocolate as normal ((with Cadbury’s and almond milk)), but I’ve also been adding in some cinnamon and sometimes baileys for that festive feel. I also top it off with some whipped cream and this goes perfectly with a mince-pie ((yum!)).
What makes you feel festive?