Festive Season

It is finally December, which means time for me to start listening to Christmas songs on repeat and watch all of my favourite Christmas films! I think I love the expectant build up to Christmas more than I actually love Christmas day, probably because that feeling of having something to look forward to adds some colour to my usual routine.

So what am I looking forward to this month?

December can be quite a hectic month, what with all the family gatherings, parties and Christmas activities. I do look forward to them but quite often, all the noise and socializing takes it’s toll on me and I simply crave the warmth and quiet of my home. I’m looking forward to those peaceful evenings spent reading next to the Christmas tree, watching the flickering lights dancing on the pages, wrapped in a warm blanket and a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits to keep me company. We have finally started decorating the house and it’s something that is both daunting and exciting because we always end up forgetting where all the stuff should go but the end result is always beautiful. It’s something that I love doing with my family and I will cherish these memories forever.

The colder weather always rekindles my love for baking and the Christmas season is no exception. To be honest I’m not a huge fan of the traditional Christmas desserts like the Christmas pudding and mince pies, but I do love my mother’s special recipe for the Maltese Christmas Log. It is similar to a Yule log in appearance but it is not a sponge cake. I guess it’s kind of a Portuguese chocolate salami made of crushed biscuits, nuts, fruit and dates. I’m also looking forward to bake the gingerbread man cookies like I do every year but I will try not to devour them in a day…

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This month I also need to catch up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I have yet to read 8 books to reach my goal of 70 books. I am currently halfway through Buriel Rites by Hannah Kent and once I finish it, I want to read something a bit more festive or anything that is reminiscent of cold winter nights and warm firesides. These are the ones that I might pick up:

  1. The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
  2. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  3. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
  4. The Magic Toyshop by Angel Carter
  5. The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton

When I’m not reading, I will definitely be watching loads of Christmas films! My all-time favourites are: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone, The Polar Express and a recent favourite: Klaus. I watched the latter on Netflix yesterday and it honestly warmed my heart. I may have cried a little bit as well!! I also cannot wait to see Last Christmas and How the Grinch stole Christmas, which funnily enough is a nickname of mine even though I’ve never watched it! [Story time: I once spent Christmas day sulking and huffing after a trivial family squabble, and Grinch became one of my monikers!]

Other things that I’m looking forward to:

  • Visiting Christmas markets and basking in the smell of cinnamon and roasted chestnuts
  • Finding the perfect gift for my loved ones and seeing their faces light up when they unwrap it
  • Writing Christmas cards
  • Fairy lights turning the house into a dream
  • The yearly shopping spree with my sister followed by a delicious afternoon tea
  • Spending time with my boyfriend, watching Christmas films and trying the new Christmas specials in our favourite coffeeshops
  • The yearly brawl over a game of Monopoly!!!!

I hope December will be a month full of laughter, friendly smiles and peaceful moments, where we can look back at 2019 with contentment while looking forward to a year full of hope and dreams.

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Do you have any plans for this month? x

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