Autumn/Winter is without a doubt my favourite time of the year. Being born in December, in the bustle of Christmas it was quite literally thrust upon me at birth that I was to fall head over heels for the jolliest time of the year. Here’s my rundown of why I love all things Fall:
Food Glorious Food
It’s called Winter body for a reason people! The best food comes out at this time of year; chestnuts, cocoa, mince pies, christmas cake, turkey, pigs in blankets (I literally become a pig in a blanket). toffee apples, black peas, honestly I could go on for days! And it’s totally not frowned upon at all to eat as much of it as you can. In fact it is pretty much celebrated. Then there’s the drinks! Eggnog, mulled wine, brandy, Baileys, Christmas punch, etc.
Hibernation period is upon us
Getting up in the dark and going home in the dark can be depressing don’t get me wrong. But it also means that you can wrap up in the comfiest, cosiest clothes ever. Fall fashion for me is amazing. I’m definitely on the larger side of life and I’m not going to lie Summer dressing brings me out in the sweats that’s not down to the hot weather (who am I kidding I live in the North?!). I love putting on boots, big cosy knits and wrapping up. Layering is the bomb. Then at night you come home shove your cosiest PJ’s on and grab a blanket and get ready for the next thing on our list!
The TV/Movies are amazing!
Strictly! X Factor! Home Alone! Elf! Santa Claus! Miracle on the 34th Street! All the best TV dramas come out at this time of year too because telly people know your at home so you are more likely to be sat watching something rather than down the pub socialising. You could lie on your couch in your fluffy pyjamas, with your snuggie, eating your snacks because remember its perfectly alright to eat your own body weight in Quality Street at this time of year, binge watching and honestly before you know it the sun is shining through your window because it’s Spring again.
If you do feel like socialising then there are so many things going on at this time of year you could do something different every weekend and not get bored. Bonfire night, christmas markets, christmas shopping, harvest festivals, HALLOFRICKENWEEN, carol services, ice skating, As a mother, I am obliged to do alot of these things as activities with my children and I honestly don’t know who gets more excited sometimes.
What a wonderful world!
The colours of the leaves on the trees, the pumpkin patches, the poppies, the smell of the air, especially after a rain storm, the crack of lightening across a sky, the sunset, the stars at night, the smell and the glisten of the frost in the morning, the gorgeousness of snow especially when its untouched and sparkling like little diamonds all crushed together, andwhen you touch it, you feel and hear the crunch. I love how my babies get little red noses and cheeks and then I shove them in a bubble bath, waiting on hot chocolates and fluffy pyjamas, all snuggled under a blankie watching a christmas film. It’s the most magical time of the year for a reason!
All the reasons stated above all tie in to why I love Christmas but also I’m a mumma so for me creating memories for my children that they will look back on with love and happiness is so amazing. I spend so long making sure everything is perfect, writing letters to Santa so they get a reply in the mail, all the decorations. the food, the presents. watching their movies with them. It is also the most stressful time of the year because I’m a mother. But seeing their little faces on Christmas morning is what being a Mumma is about.
It’s the one time of the year when all your family will be in one place so you get to see everyone you love. It also makes you need to spend the next 364 days of the year recovering from it byt my best Christma’s are those that have been filled with love and laughter from my family.
Home is where the heart is
This time of year, when it’s cold and wet outside, when you are toing and froing mostly in the dark, when the most money is spent ever on things that you don’t neccasarily need but want, all the food you are going to eat, the fact that you have the freedom to sit in your house watching TV, etc, well this is what reminds me of how grateful I should be to have all that I do. I always try and encourage my children to understand how fortunate they are to have all they have, and to appreciate what they have got, and that they need to give to others. I love sorting out the kids toys and clothes they no longer fit into and play with and taking them to our local hospital or shelter so that others can enjoy them too. It is so essential to give to those less fortunate than ourselves all year round but at this time of year when you are surrounded by family and abundance it’s especially essential to think of those who aren’t.
Please tell me your reasons for loving this time of year, or even if you hate it! I love hearing other people’s stories.