Happy December 1st! Can’t believe we’ve finally reached the last month of this funny old year, but definitely looking forward to a brighter 2021. But I’m getting ahead of myself, we’ve still got the busiest month of the year to get through first! I don’t know about you, but December seems to be the month that I always get through so many more things than I could ever manage to squeeze into any other month.
No matter how organised I am, there’s always a certain amount of overwhelm. I think in previous years, this has probably been mostly to do with trying to get everything done whilst also working full time. This year, I can see myself having the opposite problem! I think maybe it’s because I’m a serial over-stretcher – I always think I have more time than I do, and attempt to do more than I’m actually able to get done in the time I have.
Obviously, Christmas is as much work as you make it, but I seem to have developed so many non-negotiables now that I’m going to be busy every minute right up until December 25th!
01. BUY A CHRISTMAS TREE & DECORATE THE HOUSE.
Because I personally think it’s important to start a to-do list with something you can already tick off, and as you can probably tell from the pictures, this is something we did yesterday! After a few years buying small trees annually at B&Q, I wanted to do something a bit more special and local this year to mark our first Christmas in our new house, so we ventured out to Ty Cerrig to ‘pick our own’ Christmas tree using one of their pre-booked ‘tinsel time slots’. And honestly, I’m never going back! They offer both pre-cut trees from their mid-Wales sister farm, living trees in pots, or you can venture out into their forest to choose your own and have it cut down there and then.
In the end, we opted to have a tree from their forest (it was so lovely to see exactly where it had grown from!), and a smaller tree in a pot to hopefully grow ourselves for next year. It was honestly a lot less expensive then I had imagined (they hand out price lists before you start, so you can see exactly how much the tree that’s caught your eye will cost before you get too invested!), and I honestly cannot recommend Ty Cerrig (or finding a local farm in your area for your tree) highly enough.
02. GET AHEAD WITH THE COOKING.
I love making as much stuff as I can from scratch over the holidays. Yule logs, cookies, desserts, and of course the main turkey event – you name it, I am here. for. it. But with such a small freezer (that you might remember from my Instagram stories is still mostly full of apple-related foods from our first apple harvest from our trees this year!), I really need to plan out my space and time well. So my plan is to get ahead where I can, make and freeze things in batches as I go, and not feel too bad about having to potentially cut a few corners and buy those mince pies from Mr Waitrose instead…
03. CATCH UP WITH AS MANY FRIENDS & FAMILY AS WE CAN.
December is a month that is usually filled with Christmas gatherings, work dos and outings to Winter Wonderland and endless markets. Now, for obvious reasons, this year is going to be a lot quieter and involve seeing a lot less people in person. Felix and I have actually spent the last few Christmas Days just the two of us (Felix is usually on call with work on the day), so we usually see one family just before Christmas or on Boxing Day, and the other family over New Year’s. With current covid restrictions it’s looking like it’s going to be another Christmas just us, and maybe without being able to see both our families in person at all. So I’d say we’re probably more used to the idea of a quiet Christmas than most! That being said, I’m determined that even if things have to happen virtually this year, I want to try and see as many people as possible over the holidays! I want to get dressed up and do silly quizzes, sync up with festive movie watching and just have a good natter over Zoom.
04. THE LAST OF THE PRESENT-BUYING & A GIFT WRAP FEST.
One of the great and unplanned things about making gift guides for the blog: my house was full of pressies last month, so I have minimum things left to buy in December – score! But so far, no wrapping has commenced… So I’ve still got plenty of present-related activities to get me through the rest of the month until the big day.
05. GET COSY AND CHILL.
I’m determined to find some chill time towards the end of the month, and as soon as Christmas Eve hits and blogmas is done, I’ll be taking a short break, with a longer one planned for January to give myself a breather.
(Side note on the subject of blogmas: even though the gift guides are all live for another year, I’ve still got plenty to share and posts planned for every day in the lead up to the 25th, so do keep checking back to read them all!)
I can just see the comfy clothing, scoffing the stocking choccos, lazy days filled with festive films and the occasional frosty dog walk. Heaven.
And that’s my December all planned out! What are you lot up to this month? Let me know all of your festive goals in the comments – I love reading about everyone’s plans for the month ahead.