So it’s that time of year again where everything gets sparkly, people get cheerful and the Christmas jumpers start rising out of the deep dark depths of the wardrobe. If you ask around many people have very mixed feelings about this time of year. Some feel its too commercialised, some find it very hard financially and so it takes some of the joy out of it, some think it’s great because they have young kids that still believe in the magic, or they just generally like the vibe of Christmas. For the longest time Christmas just didn’t mean much to me. My brother and I were both too old for Santa and we lived away from our parents so I just felt I had grown out of it. This year however, I actually find myself having a little bit of Christmas spirit and…it feels quite good. Nothing has really changed, I’m still too old for Santa, I don’t have any kids to put on the magic for and I unfortunately still wont see my parents, so why do I suddenly find Christmas so appealing? Maybe its because I’m a little more financially stable than last year? Maybe its because I’ve found my own little family in my boyfriend and my cat? (Not to insult my actually family, I love you guys too <3) Or maybe I’m just in a better place emotionally than I have been in the last few years? To be honest I have no idea but I’m enjoying it no matter what the cause. No more bah humbug blues for me!
So to celebrate my sudden injection of Christmas spirit, I thought I would spread some of my Christmas cheer by telling you some of my favourite things about Christmas!
1. The Galway Continental Christmas Market.
Every year, Galway is host to the most adorable Christmas market you have ever seen. There are shops, craft villages, beer tents, sweet stalls and even a merry-go-round! My favourite part without a doubt has to be all of the amazing food! They have everything from corn dogs to heated pretzels to zebra burgers, so if you are in Galway I highly recommend you at least go for a little wander around.
2. Buying Presents!
Though I hate the expense of the holiday season, I love buying presents for other people. For the last couple of years I’ve been pretty poor and I’m still poor, but not as poor, so I finally got to buy proper Christmas presents for everyone this year! I get very excited about the thought of people opening their presents on Christmas morning, not to mention I am one of the few people that actually loves wrapping presents, so I suppose for that I don’t mind my savings taking a bit of a hit.
I don’t know why but this year I have gotten obsessed with candles. The funny thing is I don’t even like your typical Christmas candle scents! My two favourite candles at the moment are a winter berry scent and a peach and apricot one I bought on a whim a few weeks ago. Most people love their mulberry spiced candles or gingerbread candles but not me! Fruity and flowery all the way!
4. Cosy Clothes.
I can be very body conscious, so summer dresses that show off lots of skin aren’t very up my ally. That’s why I love it when it starts to get cold and it becomes acceptable to wear nice warm jumpers and cosy tights! I also love wearing hats and scarves so fashion-wise, Winter is definitely my favourite season.
5. I Can Act Like A Child And No-one Cares!
Okay so I may do this all year round, but at Christmas time everyone’s inner child seems to come out so I can get away with it a lot more. I can wear my bear hat and silly jumpers and no-one will laugh, I can watch kids movies (not that anything really stops me from doing that) and I can eat all of the sweets I want!
So I hope you enjoyed the 5 things I love about the Christmas season. Let me know what you like/don’t like about Christmas, as my next blog will probably be about the things that annoy me about Christmas time.
Until next time!