I absolutely love Christmas. I love the decorations, I love the lights, the glitter, the sparkles, the ribbons, and I love buying people presents and watching them open them. For me, that is probably the best part about Christmas.
No matter how old I get, I always at least try to make myself feel festive. This year, I felt at least a little bit Christmassy when I was decorating our Christmas tree in our new little home. It’s our first Christmas living together, and I always said that when I had my own place I would decorate it extensively with tinsel and anything else that I could find.
As we get older, the Christmas spirit dampens a little, and its harder to feel excited – but I’m always determined to at least make myself believe that I still feel festive, even if life sometimes goes by a little too quickly and the 25th just becomes another day.
Usually, my go-to Christmas activity is to make Gingerbread men, mainly because its easy, i’ve done it before and it leaves baked goods in your house for a good week after (depending on how long they last for…)
It’s really easy to become a little too stressed and think you never have enough time to do anything, and I’d be lying if I said i hadn’t felt at least a little stressed recently. But for me, it was really important to make the damn gingerbread men so that I could at least convince myself that I still had the time to enjoy the things I used to.
When I was younger, I used to spend serious dedicated Christmas cookie time. I’m talking edible glitter, a whole piping set for the most luxurious of icing, and some seriously tumblr-worthy cookies. This year however, my friends looked like they needed a little help. But I was more concerned of getting a sweet treat on top of them, then spending hours with my arm at an awkward angle, trying to make them look super pretty without getting icing all over me.
Lets be straight – everyone loves Christmas, right? And if you don’t love Christmas, its because you think you’re too stressed out to like Christmas, and that its just a day full of anxiety and running around. But I guess what I’m saying is take. time. for. yourself. I’m a big believer of making time for yourself, whether thats having a bath full of lush goodies, or sitting on the sofa and not looking at your laptop or your phone just once.
Even if you’re struggling with time, you’re feeling stressed and you think that you’ve lost the “Christmas spirit” because you’re too busy being an adult, it’s really important to self-care. Go to a Christmas market. Bake something at home. Spend the entire day watching Christmas movies! Never feel like you’re too busy for something, and if you really are, then take five minutes out, because you’re never going to get any productive work done if you’re too worried about what you’re doing in the first place, amiright?
At the moment, my blog is still full of ramblings. So I hope you’re finding what I’m trying to say.
Are there any Christmas traditions that you have? Are you still looking for ways to feel festive?
(I’ve also partaken in a lot of hot chocolate and marshmallow drinking, so I would thoroughly recommend this.)