It’s Christmas Eve!! I hope you’re all starting to kick back and relax. As ever the build up to Christmas in London has been hectic but so much fun as there’s an endless supply of ways to get festive. As I’ve lived here for five years now (seriously where did the time go!?!) I’ve built up a bit of a checklist which tends to gets me in the festive spirit. So before the big day arrives I’m sharing my festive checklist in the hope you’ll share some of yours or it’ll help to get you in the festive spirit 🙂 .
1. Christmas films – The obvious place to start is with a good Christmas film. This year I’ve tried to watch some films I’ve not seen before and so far I’ve seen Bad Santa and Arthur Christmas. I also caught a bit of Santa Baby which is hilarious (in that cheesy predictable way). The next few days will all be about the classics so it’s definitely Elf and hopefully The Muppet Christmas Carol. See the top 20 Christmas films I posted here.
2. Christmas lights – I try to do the Christmas lights tour my friend’s dad Eric (a former London cabbie) gave me but as I didn’t have time to do the whole route this I aimed for my favourite festive areas.
3. Christmas jumper – This year I had three occasions in the diary to put on my Christmas jumper. Christmas jumper day was the best event though as it definitely sparked conversations with other people in the office and it was great to see so many people looking festive. But here’s what I wore (sorry for the poor quality picture!)
4. Pre- Christmas Christmas lunch – I’ll never forget that episode of the Vicar of Dibley where she’s invited to three Christmas lunches. I’ve never had them more than one lunch a day and this year there’s been the annual office Christmas lunch and the pub Christmas lunch at the Balham Bowls Club with friends.
5. Christmas markets – Coming from Birmingham where there’s been a Christmas market since 2001, no festive build up is complete without a visit to a Christmas market. Winter Wonderland has been on the checklist since moving to London and I always try to go at least once, this year I also managed Southbank and the Real Food Festival. Did anyone make Winterville in East London??
6. Mulled wine – I love the festive smell that fills the room when mulled wine is served.I got my fix at Winter Wonderland and a Christmas party with friends.
7. Mince pies – It was reported one year that every Brit eats an average of 27 mince pies each! I do love them warm with a generous dolop of cream (I would have loved the cookery class seen here on A Spoonful of Sugar!) but I haven’t gone into double figures yet!
8. Ice skating – Now a firm London festive tradition, I try to discover new ice skating rinks but as with most year’s I ended up at Somerset House this year. But with the added the extra treat of cream tea at the Fortnum and Mason lodge!
9. New pyjamas – A very random one but my mum always used to buy me and my sister pyjamas at Christmas so we try to keep the tradition going. There is something rather nice about going to bed on Christmas eve or Christmas day in something new and cosy, especially as it’s rare that I ever buy them for myself!
10. Christmas stockings– The Christmas stocking holds so many childhood memories for me. As an adult I enjoy thinking of little things to put in there now as a fun warm up to the main gifts for Christmas morning.
Add a Christmas song or two, and a group of carol singers (I enjoyed some carols unexpectedly as I left Tooting Bec station last night!) and I’m ready for Christmas!
What’s on your festive checklist? I hope you have Merry Christmas!!