Happy December everyone! I literally can’t believe that it’s already time to officially start the countdown to Christmas. I mean: officially. Normal people do it now. Not just Christmas obsessed ones like me.
So. Since I’ll be doing Blogmas this year, I thought to kick it all off with a list of 10 reasons why I am heart over heals, forever and always, he’s the one in love with Christmas.
1. Hallmark Christmas Movies
Have you ever watched a Hallmark Christmas movie? No? Well, where have you been? 🙂
They might not be the best movies when it comes to quality, meaning acting, settings and plot. (Great way to get you hooked, huh? xD) But I have a point to make. They certainly won’t ever win any awards, but they are full of Christmas, magic, family, love and kindness. And that’s exactly what you need around Christmas, isn’t it? I think at the moment, my favourite one is A Crown for Christmas (prepare for full on cheesiness). But who knows how long it might stay this way. Given that Hallmark releases about a million new Christmas movies each year. 🙂
2. Christmas Lights
I don’t think that there’s any other time during the year when staring out of a moving train or car is as much fun as it is around Christmas. There are lights everywhere. On trees, in windows, on roofs… Fairy lights are magical all year round, but on Christmas they seem extra special. The way they just sparkle their warmth into the world always makes me think about the people who put them up their. The reasons they did so. And I always hope that they are looking at them as well, full of warm and loving memories.
3. Christmas Cookies
Yeah. This one is pretty obvious, isn’t it? They are yummy. But! I think the reason I love Christmas cookies isn’t that I like eating them – I do, of course – but that I love baking them. With Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat in the background, a hot cup of punch dusted in flour from the cookies and lovely conversations with the person you’re baking with. Which leads me to reason number 4.
I’m a big family person all year-round. But come Christmas, I’m especially grateful that I have so many people in my life whom I love and who have learned to tolerate me as well.
I love sharing stories of Christmas pasts with my family or just talking about whatever is going on. Sitting on the couch, sipping punch and nibbling on Christmas cookies. Arguing over which tree to buy or how to make the perfect Christmas dinner.
I’m very lucky to have all that and I just wish that everybody would have someone – blood-related or not – to spend this special time with…
5. Christmas Adds
The really good ones. The ones that make you tear up or swoon like a teenager in love.
Now. I’m aware of the fact that on some level, capitalist corporations are using tear-jerker Christmas adverts to sell more products. But. That doesn’t mean that the values they promote aren’t special on an entirely different level. They remind us that we should spend more time with the ones we love and that Christmas really is a time of giving.
6. Christmas Music
Oh where to start. There are so many great Christmas songs out there and it’s really hard for me to pick a favourite. But I am a big fan of the classics. As a matter of fact, I’ve spent pretty much the entire morning at work today, humming “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”.
If you’re interested, you can go and check out my Christmas playlist over on spotify. And please, if you have any favourites, let me know!
7. Christmas Books
What an obvious one, huh? I feel like Christmas is the perfect excuse to stock up on cheesy, fluffy and overly emotional books and just enjoy them without feeling bad.
As you might already know, I’ve started creating my own bookish calendar last year and have done so this year as well. If you are interested to see my picks, head on over to my Bookish Advent Calendar post and knock yourself out. As with the music, I’m always up for new suggestions. So please fire away!
Okay. So maybe snow doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with Christmas. But when it snowed here yesterday, for the first time this winter, I felt like a little kid. Or like Lorelai in Gilmore Girls. I wanted to spread out my arms and swirl around in the middle of the street, snowflakes settling on my jacket.
This world can be cruel and hard sometimes. But in that moment, even if it might just be for a little while, everything was okay. Maybe it isn’t snow for you. Maybe it is the smell of a batch of cookies fresh out of the oven, or a hug from a friend or family member. But whatever it is that reminds you that life is beautiful, I hope you can cling on to it and never forget that it exists.
9. The Anticipation
At 25, I could care less about the presents under the tree. Of course, it’s always nice to receive a thoughtful gift. But I no longer jump around the entire day until it is finally time to unwrap the presents. So it isn’t that kind of anticipation I’m talking about. And maybe anticipation isn’t even the right word.
But I feel like come December, the air around us changes and is charged with something magical. It is like everyone is holding their breath, waiting for Christmas to arrive. People seem kinder and more patient around Christmas. They smile at each other and help each other out. They care for each other and they spread more love than they do throughout the entire rest of the year. Something I think we should change.
I love giving gifts. I love the whole concept of looking for that one special thing that will make someone happy. Wrapping it carefully and writing a lovely card. I love the look of pure joy on the recipients face and feeling like you’ve brightened someone’s day just a little bit.
But Christmas isn’t about gifts. It isn’t about spending money. It is about so much more. it’s about giving things that money cannot buy. Giving love and hugs. Spreading kindness and support. Christmas is about joy and about coming together. About building bridges and forgiveness. It’s about love, hope and the promise that things will be alright.
And on that note, I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas time. Whoever and wherever you are. I hope that you will find love, joy and kindness in the next couple of days and throughout the entire year.