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14 December 2016

why feeling festive is essential


It's a weird one, isn't it? How you can feel so overcome by the jittery, warm, overwhelming feeling of Christmas approaching. 

I'll hold my hands up and say I'm the type of person who cranks the cliched seasonal songs in November, I'm the type of person who feels excitement over the unveiling of minced pies. Sure, I disagree with the snow themed decorations lining the shelves in October, but as the end of the year approaches I am on that festive bandwagon, with bells on (sometimes literally). 

Some people don't get it, and I completely understand that. I understand the corporate sentiment that revolves around December. I understand how infuriating the relentless selling can be, as the stress of buying gifts looms while the strings of your purse get tighter, and the message of communion gets lost in a murky pool of consumerism. Believe me, I understand that. 

Sometimes I don't understand myself. You'd think that by the sheer amount of shitty Christmases I've had, I'd be the world's biggest Grinch. Hiding away from the holidays like I hide my face from the world on a morning when I don't want to get up. When it's cold, and grey, and you feel the year beginning to drag...

But that's exactly why I immerse myself in festivity. Excitement. Joy. The bright lights, the joviality, the feeling of community. The feeling of something lovely approaching. 

I don't think it's even really so much to do with Christmas itself. It's welcoming back the memories, the food, the catchy melodies, and the smiles that line people's faces when they come on. It's simply having something to look forward to. People you look forward to seeing. Comfort you look forward to embracing.

If none of these things, it's a break from work. It's a coming-together of friends. It's the one time of year in my privileged world that everybody's home, and everybody's at least a little bit happy to be there.

Feeling festive to me goes hand in hand with finding joy, and feeling grateful. And I think those two things are perhaps more important than ever right now.



  1. I absolutely love Christmas. I'm really not a fan of winter but Christmas makes it a little more bareable. I love how all the lights brighten up the cold dark nights. Although I have to say that I'm not feeling very festive this year for some reason!

    Deimante x

  2. I love this post - I know Christmas is going to be a tough one for me and my family this year, but just all being off work ands being togther will be lovely xxx
    Sophie Cliff

  3. I absolutely adore the festive season. Whenever I think about christmas it gives me a warm butterfly feeling in my stomach which is mixture of excitement and happiness. It's just such a positive, happy time and everything feels so magical. I try and make it last for as long as I can! xxx


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