Now, I know said at the start of Blogmas, that there weren’t going to be any Christmassy posts this month, but realistically I couldn’t blog for 24 days straight in December without mentioning Christmas and my Christmas traditions at least once.
If you follow me on Twitter, or have ever been anywhere vaguely near me in December (okay, let’s face it, November), you’ll know I freaking love Christmas. As a general rule, I hate winter; I hate the cold; and I hate the dark. But Christmas? It just fills me with a kind of inexplicable joy.
So today, as a nod to the traditional Blogmas spirit, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite Christmas traditions.
Going into London to see the lights
I was lucky in that I grew up just a 30 minute train ride away from central London, and every year for as long as I can remember, I’ve been going down to London at Christmas time to see the lights. Heck, when I was really little my mum used to take me to Harrods to see Father Christmas (yes, I really am that middle class).
Once I got a bit older, the tradition evolved somewhat, and me and my mum started going into London to buy my annual Christmas dress. Now, every year in December (okay, this year we went in November because it was the only time I was going to be home before Christmas), we go into London, have pizza and prosecco in Harrods like the posh ladies we are, and shop ‘til we drop.
Making the Christmas sweets
Christmas is, of course, a time for eating more chocolate than you thought was humanly possible – and in my household, in addition to the traditional Quality Street and chocolate orange, we also have a selection of homemade chocolate truffles – handmade by me and my mother (and sometimes my brothers, if they happen to be around when we’re making them).
This year I’m not actually spending Christmas with my parents. Instead, I’ll be spending Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day with my boyfriend’s family, before going back down south to see my own kin. But not one to let a tradition slip, I’ve made me mum give me all the sweet recipes, so me and my boyfriend can spend Christmas Eve being master chocolatiers.
Listening to Carols from King’s
Call me old fashioned, but I love a good Christmas carol. I’m not even religious, but there’s something about O Come All Ye Faithful that fills me with a lot of joy.
Christmas in my family home has always been full of carols – whether it’s from my mum’s CD player, my Dad’s piano, or the King’s College Cambridge annual Christmas carol concert.
Since, as I mentioned, I’m not going home for actual Christmas this year, I’ve been getting my fix by listening to playlists of carols on YouTube nonstop since December 1st.
So there you have it, some of my favourite Christmas traditions! Do you have any Christmas traditions? If so, let me know in the comments!