So, it's now 2 sleeps 'til Christmas, how festive are we all feeling, folks? Here's a list of my 7 favourite things about Christmas!
1.) Soaking in the Christmas Spirit when going shopping on Oxford Street.
If there's one thing that gets me feeling festive, it's strolling down Oxford, Regent and Bond Street, taking in the beautiful decorations and mingling with the streams of hurried shoppers, doing the last of their Christmas shopping I suspect. There's just something about being amidst the hustle and bustle of all those people from so many different walks of life, all exuding this christmas spirit, that's completely uplifting and infectious!
2.) Watching Christmas Films.
Namely, 'Love Actually', a total classic, which admittedly, I love watching all year round. Other notable favourites include 'The Holiday' (another personal fave film; Jude Law, that's all I have to say, ladies!), 'Elf' (obviously), 'Bridget Jones' Diary' (another classic, of course), and 'Narnia - The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe', which, no matter how old I get, continues to be completely magical to me!
3.) A Christingle Service on Christmas Eve
This is without doubt my favourite event of the Christmas period. There's just something so heartwarming about lots of families gathered together in a candlelit church, belting out Carols the night before Christmas. It's a chance to catch up with so many of the familiar faces that you've somehow neglected to see throughout the year, it's a time to reflect on all the things you're grateful for, and it''s always super cosy; held in a little old church with beautiful stained glass windows where I live. Oh, and did I mention, I absolutely love Christmas Carols (''O Come All Ye Faithful' is my fave), I always attend a few each season, but the Christingle Service is just that bit more special.
4.) Waking up to a full Santa's stocking..
Now Santa may not be real (I hope I haven't ruined that for anyone!), but I'll just never lose that little thrill of waking up to a stocking stuffed with presents hanging from my bedroom door. Perhaps I'm still a big kid at heart, but the prospect of a visit from Santa still carries the magic of Christmas for me!
5.) Stuffing my face with Christmas Food.
A highlight of everyone's Christmas experience, I should think, (if not, then you're clearly eating the wrong food!) From the turkey, to the mince pies, to the pigs in blankets, ah, I'm salivating right now just thinking about it all, lol! It's that one time of year where it's completely socially acceptable for portion control and self control to go completely out of the window, and boy, do we go crazy with christmas food! A full English for breakfast, traditional Christmas dinner for lunch, and then leftover turkey sandwiches (which we usually end up eating all week) for dinner, along with lots of snacks like pringles, and homemade deserts like trifle. Uh, it truly is a feast!
6.) Playing card games with my Dad and Sister.
This is probably my favourite part of Christmas day. After we've all stuffed ourselves with copious amounts of food, and my mum has curled up in bed to watch lots of christmas tv trash, me, my sister and my Dad always play card games and continue to nibble on lots of the leftover christmas food. There's lots of laughter, bets, and someone always cheats; it's a time I always cherish as we always have a hoot, and christmas day is the only time we ever really get to spend this kind of quality time together.
7.) Seeing all my family on Boxing Day
One of my main family Christmas traditions is that on Boxing Day my family goes for dinner with my Nanna and Grandad, and my Auntie and Uncle. We've been doing this for as long as I can remember, and since Christmas is so completely about family for me, this is without doubt one of my favourite times.
A little note on the outfit - Here's a set of photos I took at Leadenhall Market, which always feels rather festive, but I think combined with this outfit, they perfectly capture the Christmas spirit with the prominent colours of red and green.
If you're struggling with festive partywear outfits, then hopefully this will serve as a little inspiration for you. To me, this is the perfect outfit for any Christmas or new years event, because it's comfortable (especially important if you've stuffed yourself silly with food over the past couple of days), it's smart, and it's, well, festive; the red velvet adding that perfect dose of festivity and trendiness in equal measure.
You can see how I styled this red velvet for the daytime here, but hopefully you'll agree with me that it's perfect for the evening also. Pair it with an all black ensemble underneath and the blazer becomes the centre piece, whilst the rest of your outfit is fairly simple to put together, yet still looks completely 'chic'. Let me know if this is the sort of outfit you would wear to a festive event, or alternatively, what your perfect outfit is for the events this season!
All that's left to say is a very Merry Christmas to you all, lovelies!
Until next time,
Jacket: c/o Dezzal*
Heels: Primark (Similar Here)
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