Tuesday, 19 December 2017

10 Things To Do This Festive Season

It's officially less than seven days until Christmas, so I'm starting to make preparations for the big day by buying my last gifts, wrapping them up in ribbons and twine and watching all of the Christmas films, all whilst tucking into our fourth tin of chocolates. Here are 10 things to do this festive season: 

Go To A Christmas Food Market | Christmas markets are great in general, but when they involve food, I'm all in! Browse around your local market in search of mulled wine, a hot savoury snack or some cheese. 

Wrap Up and Head Out For A Walk | There's nothing quite like wrapping up warm in a coat and bundles of layers when you're about to go out for a brisk walk in the cold. I love doing it around this time of the year! 

A Festive Manicure | I recently got gifted the Essie Gel Couture Duo from Hannah and I can already tell that it's going to be my Christmas manicure shade of choice, as it's the perfect wine red hue that will look great with sparkles on top if I choose. 

Go Christmas Light Hunting | Whether it's taking a walk around your town's Christmas lights or going on a specific hunt for the best house decorations, I love looking at the twinkling lights and it's a failsafe way to make me feel festive. 

Treat Yourself | Through finding presents for everybody else, I have managed to build quite a wishlist for myself and I'm looking at picking up a few pieces as a way of celebrating my 'you're under your Christmas budget for the year' achievement. The Byredo Mojave Ghost, Mango Embroidered Stars Boots and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation are three I'm looking into getting - Although the Bobbi Brown Cleansing Milk is also calling my name! 

Practise Baking | I'm planning on baking a New York cheesecake for Christmas Day, so I think I need to practice it at least once as it's been a few years since I last made one. I recently made my own vegetarian sausage rolls which were delicious. 

Donate | This time of the year I try and donate anything I can, whether that's food, presents or simply just money. There are a lot of great causes out there to get involved in. Even if you can't donate, volunteering a bit of your time always helps too. 

Festive Food and Watch Films | I can't get enough of Christmas food, it's one of my favourite parts of the season and films are a very firm favourite of mine too. Elf, The Holiday and Home Alone 2 are just a few of my favourites, but I'm planning to re-watch all of my feel-good movies I put on every year. 

Finish Wrapping Presents | I don't want to jinx it, but I've been pretty good with wrapping presents as I go and not leaving them to the last minute like I did last year. I've got the prettiest gold wrapping paper that I'm going to tie up using bells and twine.

Make My Way Through My Reading List | The list of books I've been wanting to read has stacked up high as I just haven't had the time to sit and read for a while. As I plan to slow down later this week, I'm hoping I can spend a morning or two sitting with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and a book. 

What do you like to do around the festive season?

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