The Aussie and I will soon be on our way back to the UK for Christmas and Christmas is my favourite time of year (other than my birthday) and so I thought I would compile of my ABC of Christmas.
ADVENT CALENDARS – I usually would have a chocolate one but that doesn’t really go with my health plans. All the way back in August I found an Advent Calendar made of teas and I am enjoying working my way through the daily tea selection.
BIRTHDAY – it is the Aussie’s birthday in December but he is not keen on celebrating. I, however think birthday’s are the best and so will look forward to spending time with him and our friends to celebrate him.
CAROLS – I love love love Christmas carols, both singing and listening to them. My Mum and I have plans to go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and I am looking forward to singing some carols.
DECORATIONS – I really enjoy putting up the Christmas decorations at home. I know we will be away for two weeks over Christmas but I couldn’t resist this year. Last year we had to have a teeny tree due to space but this year we are in a bigger house and so I have upgraded the tree!
EXCITEMENT – I still really love the Christmas season and the build up to the big day.
FLYING HOME – two weeks in the UK with the Aussie and my family and friends. Nothing more needs to be said.
GIFTING – I managed to start getting organised for Christmas all the way back in September and I am really happy that I have found some gifts in Australia for my friends and family.
HOME – and being surrounded by family.
INGENIOUS ADVERTISING – every year in the UK there is a battle between the different Christmas adverts. I always like to look out for the John Lewi, Marks & Spencers and Aldi adverts although Sainsbury’s and Asda have had some good contenders in the last few years.
JUMPERS – of the Christmas variety. All of mine will be too big and won’t fit this year and so I am looking forward to tracking down the perfect Christmas jumper.
KEEPING SURPRISES – I find it so hard to keep my gifts a surprise because I am excited to share them!
LIGHTS – I love when other peoples houses are lit up and in Brisbane you can actually pay to go on a tour around the houses to see the lights. I don’t think we will pay for a tour but I will try and download the map so we can go and have a look at the houses.
MOVIES – I love watching Christmas movies and usually start with Love Actually around or on my birthday. I will always watch Love Actually, Elf, The Holiday and my all time favourite Miracle on 34th Street. You can read about my Christmas movie selection here.
NEW YEARS EVE – this year the Aussie and I will be spending New Years Eve with my lovely friend Becky & her husband Tom in Yorkshire. I love spending time with Becky and it will be great to ring in the New Year with her.
OPENING PRESENTS – I love to watch my family and friends opening the gifts which I have bought for them, especially when it is something unique or one of a kind.
PARADES – last year we went to the David Jones Christmas parade in Brisbane and I am hoping we can make it again this year. It was a bit strange being quite warm whilst people walk through the streets dressed as snowmen and the like but it really got me in the mood for Christmas.
QUEENS SPEECH – I am definitely a Royal Family supporter and I love to sit down and watch the Queens speech each year.
RESOLUTIONS – I don’t so much make New Years resolutions but I like to put together aims for the next year and what I want to achieve.
SONGS – just like Christmas Carols I love those Christmas songs which drive most people mad in the shops when they start playing in October. I have an extensive play list but you can read about my top 5 Christmas songs here.
TURKEY – Christmas dinner is always delicious and that is not least because of the turkey! I don’t really have roast dinners very often and so I am looking forward to having a nice roast with my family.
UNDER THE COVERS – there is something comfy and cosey about snuggling up in bed especially on cold mornings when you don’t have to get out of bed because it is the holidays.
VISITING – I love to see the Christmas displays in the garden centre near where my family live and that is one of the first things we have planned after arriving in the UK. I can’t wait to see what they do this year.
WRAPPING UP – I am not keen on wrapping up presents but I do like getting all wrapped up warm and snuggly.
XMAS – an easy one but it is the Christmas season!
YES – I am struggling at this end of the alphabet!!!!
ZOOMING AROUND – by plane across the oceans to get back to the UK!