The holiday season is well and truly here, and December is a month that should certainly be filled with lots of joy and laughter. Here are some of my best recommendations to make the most of this month.
++ Buy a special Christmas ornament. I know a lot of people (myself included) have a tradition of buying one special Christmas ornament a year. I love having rituals like this that instantly put you in a festive mood. My favourite places for a special ornament-buying outing are Liberty and Petersham Nurseries.
++ Create a Christmas playlist. Now is the time to embrace Christmas tunes blaring all day long. As soon as December 1st comes around, I hit play on Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.
++ See a ballet. The Nutcracker is a classic, of course. This year though, I’ve got tickets for Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House (crossing my fingers the flu I’m currently suffering from won’t prevent me from going…). The ROH has a truly magical atmosphere this time of year (remember my pictures from seeing Don Quixote last year?).
++ Attend a Christmas jumper party. Having spent the majority of my childhood in the States, where Christmas jumpers weren’t really a thing (are they now?), it took me a while to understand the culture of the Christmas jumper in the UK, but now I fully embrace it!
++ Write and send out your Christmas Cards. Get this done asap (why not tonight?) so they’re not preying on your mind.
++ Take care of yourself. December is an incredibly busy month for most people, which can lead to higher stress levels. Make sure you’re still committed to fitting in your workout and allow time for yourself to slow down, take a breath and relax. It’s also important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep and sticking to healthy food choices as much as possible. Two of the best ways to counter-act stress and to remain focused on your positive habits are meditation and keeping a gratitude journal.
++ Decorate the house. Because I’ll be in the midst of packing and moving, I’m not having a Christmas tree this year, but that isn’t stopping me from making the flat feel as festive as possible. I’ve got Christmas santons to set out and have a ordered a wreath with candles that will act as a table centrepiece from the wonderful Little Lake Flower Co (I can’t wait to pick it up this weekend!).
++ Watch your favourite holiday films. For me, these include Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life and Die Hard (what can I say, I love a good action film, and there are plenty of Christmas references!).
++ Make your own glögg. Glögg is the Scandinavian version of mulled wine and is absolutely delicious. I love Signe Johansen’s recipe for it in Scandilicious.
What’s on your list of fun things to do and see in December?