Christmas has the magical power to reverse the exhaustion that generally settles in around the three-quarter mark. It activates our energy reserves, just in time for the upcoming feasts and festivities. I’m not really sure how my low carb diet is going to hold up during this notoriously fattening season. My self-assigned cheat day may temporarily assume a plural status…
If you’re feeling more grinch-like than anything else because the impending frantic frenzy that is Christmas has you in the foetal position, let me remind you why Christmas is oh so wonderful!
The December Hall Pass (for food)
December is a gift to the foodies of the world – an excuse to feast away. What diet? It’s like a month-long hall pass for food. At the very least, you can loosen the rules you’ve inflicted on yourself. Make the most of it because it’ll fly by rapidly.
Spread your social wings
With the arrival of summer and Christmas around the corner, even the hermits of the world will come out to play. With the sheer amount of summer soirees, christmas celebrations, end of year antics and impromptu gatherings populating your social calendar, you’re definitely going to need a solid sugar fix to keep you going.
Tis the Season for Baking
Christmas has been dubbed baking season in my books. Shortbread, gingerbread men, gingerbread houses – the butter, sugar and flour concoctions are endless. Whip out your Christmas themed cookie cutters and your piping tools – tis the season to treat yo self (and others).
O Christmas tree
Last year, my partner and I moved out two weeks before Christmas day. Needless to say, we didn’t get the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the festive period. We were too busy adult-ing our way through the moving process. SO, you can imagine how excited I am to finally purchase a Christmas tree for the apartment and embellish it with an excessive amount of baubles and trinkets.
The battle of the fairy lights
Watch the residential streets come to life as proud homeowners battle it out for the unofficial title of best Christmas lights display. Cruise around with your favourites and watch the fairy lights perform their well-rehearsed dance.
Binge and Repeat
Love Actually, The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, Home Alone, The Grinch – need I say more? It’s perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) to binge watch all the Christmas classics and recite them word for word (because you can).
Mining for presents
It’s incredibly satisfying when you strike gold on your hunt for presents. What’s even better is when it’s received with genuine gratitude and unfeigned joy as opposed to the awkward yet courteous lie and staged smile.
The wrapping game
Okay. Maybe this isn’t a mainstream fave, but I cannot complete this list without disclosing how much joy I get from wrapping presents. I will actively raid craft stores and troll Pinterest in anticipation of the annual Christmas wrapping ceremony. If prettying up your presents isn’t your thing, why don’t you consult your inner prankster to help you ‘get creative’ and lift your wrapping game this Christmas?