Tis' the Season to be Jolly
|Christmas Lights in Brighton! (Duke Street)|
I started getting prepared for the holidays the same way the retail world does, once halloween was over! It is my favourite time of the year. I love the spirit it brings, adore the giving nature of others, and the whole season is filled with jumpers, hot cocoa and cuddles!
Phase One: Prep!
|Mulled wine goodness!|
Once you've prepped your list it is time to prep your space! This year I went for a classic red/gold theme for the flat, a quick shop to M&S determined the colour scheme, with fairy lights being detangled, I excitedly placed the mini baubles and tinsel on our small little tree, shortly after came the extra! The tree is just the beginning with Christmas, it's all about the 'C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S' banner above the pots of coffee/couscous/sugar, the 'Merry Christmas' banner above the window. Not to mention the Winter Room Fragrance sprayed around the flat for that cinnamon winter goodness all season. Topped with pot pourri and diffusers from M&S for the extra spice. Highly reccomend the 'winter' theme at M&S. Not too pricey but the smells are exhilatering and really give you that vibe of the season.
The decorations are up, list is written, you have officially started the festive season!
Phase Two: Wrapping/Cards!
|My decoration on gifts|
For those I haven't been in touch with, but are nonetheless deserving of that Christmas spirit, I opt for cards, usually for the cousins, old friends, that kind of thing. Once I've collected the address' I go for a humourous card, each one I not only put the usual 'To and From' situation, but always put a bit extra in a card, I deem it as pointless without giving them a little message of thanks, what I am grateful for this year, asking them how they are and what is going on in their lives, giving them the opportunity to reply, rather than wasting the card.
After all the cards are stamped and sent, you can take a little break, maybe another glass of mulled wine, and begin on the really exciting part!
Phase Three: Party!
|Some of my closest friends (enjoying the wine!)|
Once you've planned the parties the next part is rather pricey, but fun! The Christmas food shop! Organise the food you'll get first, personally if you do it all online you have a much better option of how much you can buy and keep a good budget. Then just go wild on the alcohol! I always reccomend wine as its not too expensive and its a slow drinker compared to spirits, but always opt to put a few bottles away. I love the Baileys Chocolate Luxe as a liquor option, a good whisky for spirit, and a selection of reds, including mulled wine (or make your own, will post a link to a good recipe below). And in terms of food, stock up on some cheeses, they always go down well, and a couple boxes of After Eights wouldn't hurt!
|No Christmas is without an advent calendar! |
Mine is from Liberty's and its simply darling!
Now that all the work is out the way, you can sit back, relax, have another glass of mulled wine (why not?) and chill, knowing that the month and a half you've prepped for Christmas will be well worth it!
Merry Christmas and happy prepping to you all!
(On a quick personal update, I am thrilled to announce I have found myself falling for a rather wonderful gentleman, we have been happily together for a couple months now, he is simply wonderful, attentive, supportive, and a blessing in disguise in my life, and I hope to be able to update you as the months pass- very happy bunny!)