Sunday, 14 December 2014

Why Christmas really is the best time of the year

These are a few of my favourite decorations on our family tree, I tried and failed to get a good one of the whole tree but the lighting just wasn't right and the photos wouldn't do the tree any justice.

Ever since I was a child I've loved Christmas, at first I loved receiving presents and then it was because I could eat loads of chocolate and other goodies but now it's because I get to go home and see my family, have some time off from doing lots of work and give everyone gifts I know they'll love.

My first love of Christmas is food, I love food all year around but Christmas is just the best because it's acceptable to eat lots of chocolate, cheese, puddings and basically anything else. I've never been the biggest fan of a roast dinner, I know I'm being a bit controversial saying that! We always go to my grandparents for Christmas dinner so when I was younger my Grandma used to make me a spag bol and I loved it, I felt so special seeing as I was always the only child there too. She stopped this quite a few years ago which I was disappointed in and now I have turkey, which is my least favourite meat but it's also my Grandad's least favourite too so I might have managed to persuade him this year (Psychology degree coming in handy there Emma!) to do some other meat as well which I'm pretty happy about! But after turkey comes cheese and biscuits which I've grown to love after spending two years working on a cheese counter in a supermarket.

Nowadays the best thing about Christmas is coming home from Uni and seeing all my family and friends that I don't get to see very often in term time. This year I'm going home quite early to take half of my things back on the train and then coming back to uni to do a few exams and then back home I go with the rest of the clothes and presents. The first time I'll go home I'm planning on putting up the Christmas tree (I've claimed this job every year) which is one of my favourite things to do, my next two favourites are linked to food, making mince pies and decorating the Christmas cake. These two are my favourite because I know that soon enough I'll be eating them (why do I always end up talking about food?!)

As I said earlier, I used to love receiving presents when I was a child but I think as people get older it's more about giving than receiving, it's a cliche but I love seeing people's faces when they open their present and see what they have. This year money has been a bit tight so I'm doing the homemade Christmas for family, I'm thinking of doing a small hamper for people, making something sweet like truffles but after seeing Lily Pebbles' vlogs I'm very tempted to make her brookies because they look delicious and I really want to try them (somehow got back onto food here). I'm also thinking of including some kind of cheese and posh crackers because if you can't be posh at Christmas when can you be? As well as a bottle of wine and a few other goodies.

The lead up to Christmas is personally, what I believe makes Christmas, everyone gets all wrapped up and braves the chilly weather to go and buy presents and shops have decorations out and Christmas music playing. I get to open the advent calendar every morning getting more and more excited everyday that Father Christmas will be coming soon, and as much as people say they hate doing the Christmas food shop, I can't wait to go with my mum and help her choose what food to get for the Christmas period (seriously I've gone back to food again, I'm making myself hungry!)  I also adore going to the Christmas markets, this year I went to the Christmas Markets here in Lincoln and if you have never been, they're massive! It never seems to end. I love going to the Manchester Markets too and getting all festive. But my favourite Christmas Market that I've ever been to is the ones in York. Every year my parents and I, auntie, uncle and cousin used to go to York to go Christmas shopping but since I've been at uni I haven't been able to go for one reason or another and this makes me quite sad. The rest of them are still going but I can't this year but I've promised them and myself that the year after next when I've finished uni I will be making a return and I'm already excited to go!

What are your favourite things about Christmas? Have you been to any Christmas Markets this year? If you're going to York then think of me when you're eating a delicious chocolate crepe (a tradition my cousin and I have)

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