Get it? Twelve. For twelve days of Christmas? No? Okay then.
1. Advent calendars obviously. I have two this year, one upstairs and one downstairs and it helps me get out of bed in the mornings.
2. How everyone has different traditions. For example, we always watch The Muppets Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve after I get in from work because it is my all time favourite Christmas film and my family grin and bare it.
3. Talking of Christmas films, you can’t beat them. My other all time faves are Love Actually and It’s A Wonderful Life.
4. Dressing up. Actually having a reason to make an effort is rare so I treasure it. I can’t wait to spend half the time in pyjamas and half the time in full glam dresses and take time on my makeup.
5. FOOD. All the food. Turkey and pigs in blankets and bread sauce and ham and parsnips and cake and chocolate and sugary things and salty things and gingerbread and shortbread and just food and so much alcohol.
6. Putting the decorations up. Lights, tinsel, glitter. What’s not to love?
7. Christmas specials of television. My must watches every year include Gavin & Stacey, Friends (can’t beat the The One With The Holiday Armadillo), Misfits and How I Met Your Mother. Even though we’re currently watching Game of Thrones as a family instead, the least Christmassy show of all time.
8. Spending time with the most wonderful people. I’m so excited to get all my uni work done, all my blog posts scheduled and just enjoy two weeks of silly games, drinking and eating with my family and my friends.
9. Buying people really special gifts and watching their reactions to them. And also, kinda, maybe getting something nice for yourself too.
10. Every time you’re in the car you get to hear the best songs. My faves of this category include Last Christmas, Fairytale Of New York, Step Into Christmas, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, and Christmas Lights.
11. Red lipstick is 100% acceptable. Glittery eyeshadow is encouraged. Wearing tinsel earrings is embraced. You can dress festive and it’s wonderful.
12. How when it’s over, and when the pyjama wearing and napping is done – New Years is right round the corner for more celebrations.