Hot porridge, frozen puddles, twinkly dew, misty mornings and the comforting smell of a coal fire are just a few things I associate with winter. Although I’m more of a summer girl I always find myself falling in love with this time of year. After all what is there not to love about Christmas and the relaxation and indulgence that come with it? My sheepskin mittens are out of hibernation and here are a few things I’ll be doing to celebrate the season.
1. Spending time with family
Although I’m a firm believer in giving thanks, hugs and kisses all year round I think Christmas is a good time to squeeze a little tighter.
2. Traditional winter pursuits
Drinking mulled wine, ice skating outdoors, creating a festive wreath, visiting a Christmas market, eating mince pies, attending a carol service, making an orange clove pomander, kissing under the mistletoe and filling your home with pretty poinsettias and fairy lights. Now is the time to indulge in all those wintery delights!
3. A retro cocktail party
I need no excuse to dust off my pineapple ice bucket and Cherry B glasses. So if you fancy a retro inspired evening with friends simply grab some cocktail ingredients, plenty of cheesy tunes and a few paper cocktail parasols. Abigail’s Party has a lot to answer for – anyone for some Demis Roussos?
4. An evening of live entertainment
I’ve a passion for live music and so every year I book a special Christmas concert. This year I saw Peter Gabriel at Wembley Arena. Whether you prefer the delights of a musical, an evening of laughter with a stand-up comedian or even a Christmas pantomime I think the chilly months are a great time to snuggle up with a live performance. “He’s behind you!”
5. Wear your Sunday best
Getting dressed up for a date with my man or cocktails with the girls is fun, but regardless of the event I don’t see why everyday shouldn’t be treated as a special occasion.
6. A weekend road trip with friends
I enjoy catching up with friends and so I occasionally plan mini road trips out of Oxford. A change in scenery, combined with some quality time, is definitely good for the soul. I can thoroughly recommend it!
7. The great outdoors
I love the peacefulness of the English countryside when it’s covered in a sprinkling of frost. I’m certainly looking forward to walking in a winter wonderland this season (weather permitting!).
8. The great indoors
With a full-time job and an ever busy diary I look forward to spending time at home. Simple things like a hot chocolate, a good book and a cashmere blanket are enough to help me unwind. So when it’s cold outside why not spend an entire weekend hibernating with some old films and tasty treats.
9. Learn something new
Learning a new skill is always a good idea and the New Year is a perfect time to book. So if you fancy learning to ballroom dance or to speak another language then wander over to Google and see what courses you can find.
10. A New Year is for new adventures
If like me you find January tough why not book a weekend away or organise a few dates with friends. It’s nice to start the New Year with things to look forward to, and before you know it the snowdrops will be popping up to say hello!