Christmas is my favourite time of year and although I like to keep December pretty chilled and spend most of my time relaxing and enjoying some downtime, there are also a few little adventures I like to do around this time of year too.
Visit a Christmas Market.
I know this is a real stereotypical things to do once Christmas time comes around but visiting a traditional German market is so cute. I love grabbing a hot chocolate or mulled wine to walk around with and browsing all the amazing food. It’s also a great place to pick up some hand-made and different gifts. If i’m lucky they’ll be a chestnut stall where I’ll pick some up and nibble away at during the stroll and be reminded of eating chestnuts with my family during my childhood. It’s one of the best ways to get into the festive mood.
Christmas Film Night.
We all have those films we watch around Christmas because they make you feel homely and cosy. It doesn’t have to be a Christmas film necessarily (but it does help!) however putting your fav cosy films on, grabbing yourself some snacks, get a blanket and burning a candle really is the perfect wintery night in. I love watching through the Harry Potter film collection at this time of year, where I can get swept away in all the magic.
I never seem to find time to bake throughout the year but there’s something about the cold and dark evenings that make me want to bake. I really enjoy making biscuits and treats to put in Christmas hampers but also I enjoy just making fun little treats like brownies and cookies for us to eat fresh on the weekends. Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked goodies filling the house and what better way to enjoy a brew or hot chocolate than with a biscuit you’ve baked yourself!
Brisk wintery walks.
Although I can’t stand being cold, I’m actually really into wintery walks in the countryside soaking up nature and lets not forget the amazing pub lunches as pit stops! Or the first amazing cup of tea you have when you get back and put your feet up in front of the telly.
Playing Christmas songs around the house.
I never play music at home unless it’s Christmas time. I’m not really sure why, but I just think it makes the house so cosy having Christmas songs playing low in the background whilst you’re wrapping presents or reading through the pile of books you’ve been meaning to read all year (you can see what I’ve been reading recently here). Christmas isn’t Christmas without Michael Bublé after all!
So as you can probably tell, I barely leave the house during winter. Being wrapped up all warm in my dressing gown with a hot water bottle keeping my feet warm, a good book or TV show playing in the background whilst the Christmas tree lights and candles are twinkling. It’s the perfect way to spend the long dark nights.
What’s on your Winter/Christmas to do list this year? Are you a stay in and cosy up kind of person or do you like to go on lots of adventures and social events? Let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear what you get up to!