Fun Things To See And Do In December

fun things to do and see in December via Miranda's Notebook

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!

++ Go ice-skating. Somerset House is a magical experience (even for those who – like me – are frankly terrible on the ice), and I also like Hampton Court Palace.

++ 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?

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  • I’ve been ice skating twice so far, I love it!! I also love buying new tree decorations. 🙂 I can’t wait to get some time off and then I can start baking!

    T x

  • Christmas jumpers suddenly came into fashion (if you can call it that) a few years ago and they seem to be here to stay now! xx

  • I love Love Actually! This was such a fun post to read xx

    Ioanna |

  • Aboutn 10 years ago (ish) Christmas jumper came into fashion but only in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way (a la ugly Xmas jumper party way). Where are you moving?!? Xx

  • Eleanor Baggley

    Watching Die Hard is an absolute must! I hope you have a lovely December.
    Ellie x

  • A jumper party sounds like fun♥

  • I’ve downloaded Wynton Marsalis’s “Christmas Jazz Jam” on my iPhone. His version of “Santa Clause Is Coming To Town” is guaranteed to get you in the mood. I’ll give the ugly Christmas sweater thing a miss thanks. I do love the suggestion about buying an ornament each year. I got rid of most of my old decorations last Christmas (too much of that horrible made-where ever-cheapest crap) with the aim of building a collection of handmades. We’re going away for part of the holidays, so I must remember to keep an eye out for one or two really unique ornaments.

    • It’s always extra fun to get an ornament as a memento from somewhere you’ve travelled to! 🙂 ‘Christmas Jazz Jam’ sounds great! xxx

  • Kristina Collins

    Love the Christmas jumper party idea but not sure I could actually bring myself to wear one–would have to be very grey and minimalist, which I know is completely wrong! Trying to convince Cameron to go ice skating at Somerset House while he is here at the end of this week! But still haven’t managed to start my cards… xx

    • Well, I have to admit my Christmas jumper is a lot more ‘The Killing’ rather than ‘Bridget Jones’ style….! xxx

  • Ice-skating is definitely in my plans for the winter, as is making glögg! I’d also like to make a few other Scandinavian Christmas treats – there’s a few pastries in the Nordic Bakery cookbook I’ve made as Christmas gifts in the past 🙂 And maybe this will be the first year for me to watch Die Hard! Though I’m an old-fashioned It’s A Wonderful Life gal 😉 xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure