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It’s Day One of Blogmas!!
Christmas is my FAVOURITE time of the year. I actually don’t think I can put into words how much I love the festive period. Everything about it, the catchy songs, the great films, the cold, frosty mornings, the Christmas markets, the festive decorations, my list could go on, and on, and on. As the song says, it really is the most wonderful time of the year!
So for the first day of December, I thought I’d write up some festive trivia – an A – Z of Christmas!
A is for:
- Advent – Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. It is also sometimes said to span from the 1st December to Christmas Day! There are several ways that Advent is counted down but the most common way is of course by calendar, especially chocolate. It’s the one time of year where chocolate in the morning is acceptable – make the most of it!
- Angels – Angels were so prominent in the nativity story so it is no wonder that angels are a significant emblem in Christmas stories, decorations and celebrations today.
B is for:
- Baubles – Baubles were originally quite expensive as they were hand-crafted and made of glass, and were therefore only for the rich, however today, the majority are made from plastic and are of course a very popular decoration on Christmas trees, making them look all sparkly!
- Boxing Day – 26th December – One of the best days of the year, you can sit around in your pyjamas, eating leftover food, drink heaps of Shloer, all while watching some great festive films with the family! Really what’s not to love?
C is for:
- Crackers – You can normally find a cracker next to each plate on the Christmas dinner table. The tradition is that crackers are pulled with another at the table and after a loud bang, and some fighting over who actually won it, each person receives a colourful hat, a toy or gift and a festive joke!
- Charades – This is probably the most common game played on Christmas day, because all it requires is you and your creativity! Always a fun game to play with all the family, if you don’t know how to play, have a look at the rules and get ready for a lot of hilarity.
D is for:
- Decorations – Who doesn’t love decorating their homes with glittery, sparkly, shiny and extravagant decorations. You get two different types of people when it comes to decorating at Christmas, the ones who have a lot of well.. everything, even the toilet is decorated with random decorations that don’t match. On the other hand, you get the people who have a colour scheme, each decoration is neatly hung in a specific place, and everything has an order (I definitely fall into this category). Both make for fantastic home decorations at Christmas!
E is for:
- Elves – Santa can’t do his job all on his own, like duh, he needs a workforce, and that’s where the elves come in – ready to cater for every Christmas need. There is this new hype called ‘The Elf on the Shelf’ that has hit homes across the world. Apparently sent by Santa to keep an eye on all the Children, this elf sits in your home and either changes position or place every night.. looking at them though, I can’t deny they’re a little bit creepy, but hey ho!
F is for:
- Frankincense – No one actually knows what this is, only that one of the three kings brought it as a gift. I googled it though, it’s apparently some sort of essential oil that actually has some great health benefits.. might have to look into it.
- Family – To me family is everything, which is probably why I love this time of year so much. Christmas is the season, of love, peace, joy and goodwill – it truly is a time to be with your family.
G is for:
- Gifts – So most people say they prefer giving gifts, but I mean come on, it’s more like a 50/50 thing. I do absolutely love seeing the look on someones face when they open your present and genuinely like and appreciate it, but we all can’t deny that seeing that pile of presents with our name on them sat under the Christmas tree gives you a little buzz of excitement.
- Gold – This was the only one of the gifts given to Jesus by the three kings that anyone actually knew what it was. Santa if you are reading this, I’d quite like a block of solid gold in my Santa sack this year, thaaaaanks!
H is for:
- Holly – I love holly, to me it is the plant of Christmas.. and one of the only Christmas drawings that requires very little artistic skills.
- Hangovers – Christmas Eve night is when everyone where I’m from gathers in the pub, to see Christmas in together. It’s a great night, and lovely to be with so many people, but yeah, Christmas is the time to be merry, and some people get, eh.. very merry. Hangovers on Christmas day not fun, that’s all I’ll say.
I is for:
- Icicles – These are natural Christmas decorations that you don’t even have to pay for! If you live in a country where winter is full of frost, snow and general coldness, you’ll know what I’m on about, icicles are actually quite pretty!
J is for:
- Jingle Bells – The first Christmas song most children learn, it’s easy to pick up, quite repetitive, and even though I love Christmas.. can be quite annoying. Yes, even Michael Buble’s rendition can be irritating after a while, there I said it. Sorry Michael!
- Jesus – The man that Christmas is all originally about. Christmas itself is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Christ, and over the years we have created other traditions and characters surrounding Christmas, to make the whole season what it is today.
K is for:
- Kings – The Three Kings were said to have visited Jesus in the stable after her was born. It is said that they brought with his gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The kings have been the symbol of other traditions through the year, for example the Christmas hats you find in your crackers were based upon the kings and their crowns. Little fact for ya.
L is for:
- Lists- Lists are a big part of Christmas. There is obviously Santa’s naughty and nice list for all the children, there are also Christmas lists written by young and old, wish lists of gifts are left laid out in obvious places for loved ones, and of course the Christmas food shopping list, to ensure nothing is forgotten in the large Christmas feast.
- Laughter – Christmas should always be filled with love and laughter. It is a time to be grateful for what you have, a time to be happy with friends and family and share a laugh or two. Just be careful with too much laughter straight after dinner, maybe let your dinner settle first, haha!
M is for:
- Mistletoe – That weird looking plant that most people try to avoid, some see it and actually run, screaming in the other direction. I’m joking of course, but the tradition that originally came from the Greeks does say that it is good luck to kiss under the mistletoe!
- Myrrh – That other gift from the three kings that no-one ever knew what it was. So again, I’ve googled it for you.. and it’s a perfume that you put over dead bodies to make them smell nice.. what a lovely gift for a baby!
- Mulled Wine – My favourite, as if I don’t love wine enough as it is, you can heat it up and add spices to it. It’s the perfect drink to warm you up on the cold winters night (providing you’re of the legal age to drink)
So that is Part I of my A – Z of Christmas. I hope you are enjoying it so far, Part II will come shortly in Blogmas!
What are your favourite parts of Christmas? Leave a comment below,
With love & merry blogmas, fae,