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.
It’s mid-November, and therefore I am expecting to see festive cheer and decorations whenever I go. What can I say: I love Christmas. Restricting Christmas to just December is just not enough for me.
At the weekend, I went on an autumnal walk around central London to see some of the new decorations and give my camera a bit of a work out.
Some of my favourite Christmas decorations in central London this year can be found in Covent Garden. They have it all, from their classic mistletoe hanging over the main market place, to a gigantic Christmas tree sitting in the biggest pot I’ve ever seen.
People who live in Mayfair live in a different world. The buildings are beautiful, the apartments extortionately expensive, and the Christmas decorations are tasteful.
While I was wandering around, I noticed that all of the wreaths adorning the quintessentially English front doors were quite stunning. If you can afford property in Mayfair, you can definitely afford an expensive wreath and lots of people were showing them off proudly. Though realistically, they probably got a staff member to pick it out and put it up for them. How the other half live!
Here are some of my favourite doors – plus another Christmas decoration that caught my eye. Which wreath would you put on your door?
The festive season is in full swing so I couldn’t let a weekend pass by without doing something Christmassy. I last went to Windsor in May and bought a ticket to the castle. As well as granting a day inside the castle walls, it offers free return entry for up to five days over the next 12 months. I haven’t been back since, so it seemed like the perfect time to get my full money’s worth while also getting to see all of the royal Christmas decorations.
I had to battle train delays and a trek across the entire capital city on the premiere shopping day of the year, but eventually I made it into the town. The gorgeous atmosphere and quaint streets meant that I couldn’t resist digging out my camera. I filmed a few bits throughout the afternoon.
As I mentioned in the video, no photos are allowed in the State Rooms. It’s such a shame as there are some truly beautiful rooms. So, instead of my photos, here’s one that I’ve borrowed from British Heritage. It’s beautiful, right? This year, the red bows were substituted with miniature crowns and there was an adorable Corgi toy sat at the bottom.
The best part was that the Queen was actually in residence. The Royal Standard was fluttering high above the ramparts – or hanging might be a better word as there wasn’t a breath of wind. We probably wouldn’t have noticed if we hadn’t overheard one of the staff members talking about how the Queen had arrived the previous evening. We spotted lights coming from a few of the rooms that weren’t open to the public, where we decided that the Queen must be. Plus, a Rolls Royce was parked up outside. Surely only a few people would be important enough for a ride.
After the castle closed, we went for a wander in the town centre as the market stalls were starting to pack away for the evening. They seemed to stay for as long as the light did, so we swapped the independent retailers for the bright lights of Zara and Topshop for a bit of retail therapy.
It was definitely a short and sweet visit, but it was definitely worth the trip to get to see the decorations and to experience the magic of Windsor Castle again. If you’re ever in the area, I definitely recommend a visit, particularly around Christmas.
Have you been to Windsor? What did you think? Do you know any similar places that I can visit next? I always love suggestions!
This weekend was truly non-stop. From hungover train journeys across the country, to snuggles with dogs, it was a mad one.
It started with the work Christmas party on Friday night, which involved limitless wine and prosecco. That, combined with a photo booth and work colleagues, could be a recipe for disaster but I managed to avoid embarrassment (or at least I hope I did…). The photo booth came with lots of props and one of them was a pair of mouse ears. Not only did I decide to wear them in every photo, but I also decided to keep them on around the whole party. You can take the girl out of Disney, but you can’t take the Disney out of the girl.