It’s December. Did you notice the arrival of the most talked about and eagerly awaited month of the year? The advent calendars have started, from the humble chocolate ones to those with £100 worth of beauty products behind each door. No matter how your December has started, there is no denying that the Christmas spirit will soon infect all of us. Personally, I cannot wait for all of the humbugs to start yelling The Pogues at the top of their lungs.
As well as drunken chanting, there is a lot that I’m looking forward to this month. Here’s a taste.
- Christmas markets everywhere In London in particular, you don’t need to walk very far to find rows of wooden huts full of odd gift ideas, from candle holders to metal signs with slogans on. I’m not one to buy gifts for the sake of gifts, so I much prefer the food and drink parts of a market. Get me some mulled wine and a German sausage in a bun and I’ll be happy all month.One of my favourite areas to be in London at Christmas is seeing the decorations in Covent Garden.
- Positive outlook After a year of mostly doom and gloom on the news, this is a time when people start to cheer up a little and think about all the good they have in their lives (just don’t let them sneak a look at their bank statement). Expect more people to hold the door open for you, have a bit of common courtesy, and a lot more charitable giving, which is always a great thing to do at Christmas.
- Driving home for Christmas Every year since I moved out to go to uni, my dad has picked me up from one train station or another and we have driven home with one song playing on full blast. ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ by Chris Rea is the sign that the festive period is well and truly here. Only a few weeks until I head out of London and Christmas properly begins.
- Food, glorious food A highlight of Christmas is always the food. From the social parties throughout the month that always seem to involve turkey, to the feast on the 25th itself, December is the month of the roast dinner and I cannot wait. Once you’ve had your fill of roast potatoes and pigs in blankets, treat yourself to a full selection box of chocolates and a few glasses of wine. Does life get better?
- A full week of relaxing at home As a full-time London worker, it can be hard to find time off to properly relax. But I’ve got just over a week away from work and I’ll be home for all of it. So it’s goodbye to the daily grind and hello to relaxing on the sofa with my family. Sounds perfect.
- Catching up with friends December is the perfect time to catch up with people who you haven’t seen for a few months. Next weekend, a lot of my uni friends are coming to stay with us in London and we’re going out for a big meal. It’s a tradition that we’ve kept going for three years and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.
- Waking up on Christmas morning and feeling like a kid My sister would always demand that we set an early alarm on the 25th to go downstairs to open presents, but tea would need to be made and the oven turned on before any unwrapping could begin, according to our parents. I’m looking forward to waking up and feeling like I’m seven again.
- And one for luck: Hamilton! After months and months of waiting, I’m going to see Hamilton the Musical this month! It may not be Christmas related, but I cannot wait to see this incredible musical for myself. I’ll definitely be counting the days.
What are you looking forward to this Christmas? Do you have any fun traditions to follow?