Hello and welcome to Blogmas Day 1! A whole 24 days of hopefully fun and interesting posts by yours truly.

I have a vague plan about how I’m going to tackle this. I’m going to try and keep my Reviewsday Tuesday posts and Feelgood Fridays going, just maybe with a slightly more festive twist and I hopefully have some other good topics to chat about too. If there’s anything you would like to read about please do let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate!

Today is the first of December and in my book, that’s when you can really get on the Christmas bandwagon if you haven’t already. Now is the time to get your mission head on when hitting the shops, to start making lists… or even a spreadsheet if you’re feeling super organised! Decide what you’re doing for Christmas dinner and get those Christmas snacks bought early so the shops don’t run out.

Hit the poundshop and stock up on ‘not-quite-as-good-as-they-used-to-be-but-still-tasty’ toblerones and chocolate oranges. Panic about what you’re going to get Awkward Aunty Sue and wonder if you should write Christmas cards to everyone in your office or just to the people you actually like. Do you even have any Christmas cards?

Put those Christmas films on and dig out all the Christmas Specials. It just simply isn’t Christmas without watching Veronica Mars cook quails for her and her dad in between solving crimes. (If you know this show I salute you).

Start wearing your Christmas jumper, and maybe treat yourself to a new one if you haven’t bankrupted yourself on toblerones and presents already. Accept the fact that people will start bring more treats into work ‘because it’s Christmas’ and don’t beat yourself up if you overindulge a bit. There’s always January and the New Year’s Resolutions to make up for that. Or… if you’re not a resolution type of person, just alternate. For every mince pie you trough down, the next snack you have should be an apple. Not a toffee apple.

Christmas can be fun but it can also be stressful. It doesn’t have to be perfect and it probably won’t be so don’t beat yourself up when isn’t. Just make the most of the twinkly lights and try not to swipe anyone with a roll of wrapping paper when they won’t get out of your way in town.

I’ll see you tomorrow,
Charlotte x