Thursday, 24 December 2015

7 things I love in the lead-up to Christmas

Because we all know it's the build up, not the actual day itself, which is the most fun.
Trafalgar Square
1. Taking in the lights. I never full appreciate that I am so lucky to not only be working in one of the world's greatest cities, but to work so near the greatest shopping streets in Europe. Mostly, I keep my head down and rush to get on the tube before they shut the gates for overcrowding, but at this time of year, I stop, take stock, and fully appreciate London in all its glory. My favourite walk is through Mayfair at this time of year, Mount Street and South Audley Street have THE best trees and wreaths.
Regent Street lights

2. Making plans. As another year comes to a close, we are on the cusp on a new year and I love looking forward to what's ahead. I buy an Aspinal diary every year and enjoy filling in new dates and potential holidays. We are hoping for 2016 to hold another New York trip, for sure...

'Dreams' journal, mug and pen, all Kikki K. Copper tray: H&M
3. Canapes. I've never bought Christmas food before, we're always at parents' or in-laws' houses for the big day and the week before is always about just using up what's in our fridge. but this year, we're having a mini Christmas at our flat the week before and indulging in all that's good about Christmas - snacks. Hoping to get our hands on M&S's mini lobster mac and cheese, Lidl's pork, turkey and lingonberry pate, and attempting to make Delicious Alchemy's Christmas gluten free fruit cake

4. Cocktails and cashmere. I know it's okay to wear/drink these all year round, but there's something special about Christmas where life just slows down a bit and you get the chance to really enjoy these special moments.

Cashmere socks: £35, The White Company. Wool trousers: Zoe Karssen (buy similar from The Outnet here)
5. Cheesy movies. Home Alone. Scrooged. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The Muppet's Christmas Carol. Enough said.

6. Being creative. Last year, my sister and I made our own wreaths (see the post here). This year I made one at the Next Christmas party, and we placed it inside these copper geometric wreaths (£22 from Next). It comes with lights attached and I'm looking forward to it being a permanent part of my Christmas. 

7. Forced fun. It takes a lot for me to book things these days, work and general 'busy-ness' just gets in the way. But with so many wonderful things going on at this time of the year, and the weather being so mild, it's the perfect opportunity to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. Ice skating at The Natural History Museum, watching 'It's a Wonderful Life' with the Underground Film Club (my husband had never seen it) and hot chocolate at Fortnum's Lodge at Somerset House - I've never felt so festive.


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