My 12 things of christmas
It's no secret. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! So it seemed only fitting that I share my 12 favourite things about Christmas (in no particular order)
No 1: Being with family. This is a big one for me, Christmas has always been about family, and lots of it. I can't imagine doing it without them. It's dwindled off over time as people have moved away and have had other commitments, but that idea of spending Christmas together is buried so deep within me, I wouldn't want to spend it any other way than sitting around the table with my best friends.
No 2: Reading by Christmas Tree lights. Magical.
No 3: Decorating. Best thing ever! I know I'm sounding like a broken record but this is just the one thing I look forward to every year. I love to go pick out a tree, haul out the decorations buried beneath a years worth of crap and just go nuts! I have to admit I have a hard time putting things away and one year they will just stay up all year!
No 4: Watching Christmas Movies. I would watch them all year if I could (and sometimes I do!) One of my favourite ever films is a Christmas film and this year my mum made it extra special by taking me to see 'It's A Wonderful Life' at the Cornerhouse Theater in Manchester. It was simply amazing. To see that film on the big screen like they would of back in the day was like a dream come true. It was beautiful and it was like watching it for the first time again. I can't wait till next year, were going to make in into a tradition!
No 5: Getting snuggly by the fire. This is more of a dream I have than an actual thing we do. I don't have an open fire but I would love one in my house and then I can spend cold winter nights wrapped in a blanket sipping hot chocolate reading or watching Christmas movies. That would be my Christmas wish.
No 6: Giving presents. I cant wait to give my presents away! Especially when I know that the receiver will be so great-full. The look on their face is all I need to make my Christmas perfect.
No 7: Shopping on Christmas Eve. I know most people hate hate hate this. But I love it. I love to go into town and stroll around seeing if I can snap up a few last minute gifts and watch the last minute shoppers run frantically from store to store. I love the feeling in the air on Christmas Eve. Excitement and butterflies in your belly!
No 8: The smell of pine needles. I like to stick my face in the tree when no one is looking and take a deep breath. Heaven.
No 9: Cooking and Baking. Baking is a must at Christmas. Cookies, gingerbread, cake, you name it! Unfortunately I've been so busy at work this year I've not had much time to bake but today I finish early and I plan to bake my night away and then eat all the yummy treats!
No 10: Walking in the woods. I do love a good winter stroll. We used to go up to my Grandparents and walk through the hills at Christmas and some of those memories are the happiest I have. The whole family together, bundled in layer upon layer of clothing, hats and gloves, sledging down the snowy slopes, Snow ball fights, tracking rabbit footprints in the snow.
No 11 & 12: The first frost/Seeing my breath. Waking up in the morning and looking out your window to see all the cars and roofs glistening in the sunshine. Magical. It's like the world has been covered in diamonds and the world shines for all to see. I cant even begin to describe that feeling I get when I see that sight. I feel like the world is holding its breath, waiting for me to take mine...
....and then I do and it puffs up in front of me and dances away, and then I can hear everything, even the frost has a sound, and I love it!