The lovely Violette posted a list of reasons why she loves October (here), and I thought it was a really wonderful idea and thought I would write a similar post about why I love December. Violette's blog is one of my favourites, and I definitely recommend catching up on her Blogmas series if you enjoy Christmas as much as I do!
So here's my reasons for why December is my favourite month. I will have to apologise for the photos, it was difficult to find any 'normal' ones, so they all somewhat festive (and you've probably seen them all before on previous posts). I promise that I will post something new soon!
1. Dark and cold days.
There's something particularly cosy about walking into a warm house after a long, cold walk with Bree. I adore curling up with a book, hot chocolate and oversized blanket. I always find it difficult to relax in summer because it stays light for so long, so I really cherish dark autumn and winter evenings.Also, you can't really drink hot chocolate and curl up in slippers and a blanket in summer!
This one is rather obvious isn't it? Christmas is my favourite holiday. It's also the only time that I really get to see all of my family in one place, and since everyone else enjoys Christmas as much as I do, we always have a really wonderful time. I always enjoy the festive atmosphere - I love seeing Christmas lights and hearing festive music everywhere! I also enjoy buying presents. I find wrapping gifts somewhat therapeutic, so I look forward to it every year.
I'm not a big eater, and I'm really fussy when it comes to food, but I love Christmas food. It is one of few times of the year when it is socially acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast. I always feel inspired to bake at this time of the year, and there's so many cute baking sets on offer. I'm making my traditional gingerbread cookies this weekend, and possibly some fudge to take with me when I go away for Christmas.
I apologise for the photo above; it was the only one I had that would fit! This point ties into the first one, but I find that watching films is so much more fun at this time of the year. I don't know if it is because it is darker, so I can relax and enjoy watching films more, but films are definitely better to watch in winter. I rarely watch films during the warmer months, but I watch films almost daily during December. It's nice to curl up with a hot drink and watch a festive film. There's also a lot of films on television at Christmas too, I usually record as many as possible to watch throughout the year.
Again, this is related to Christmas but I thought it was worth a separate point. There's markets all over the place at this time of the year (we even had a farmers' market at work last week) and I love it. I like that you can buy something a little different from markets, and I love the food. They always smell amazing and it is much more relaxing than being trapped inside a store. I still haven't visited the Nottingham Christmas market though because it is too busy in the city centre for me at this time of the year!
6. The New Year.
This one is a bit of a strange one for me. I don't actually like New Year's Eve and prefer to spend it curled up watching a film with my pets. I don't drink and I don't particularly like socialising, so I usually have a quiet evening and sleep through the New Year. However, I do like the feel of having a fresh start in January, and being able to leave all the negative aspects of the previous year behind. It's a good time for reflection, and I like being able to look forward to the year ahead.
I hope you are all having a wonderful December! I have another festive post planned for the weekend (it's something I'm really excited about). I hope you all have a lovely week!