It's Christmassssss! ..... and if you are anything like me, this is my favourite time of the year, even though I live on a Greek island that is well known for being a summer paradise. The temperatures here don't get as cold as the UK in December, but it's still a temperature drop for us. I enjoy knitting more than ever at this time and enjoy thinking of new ideas, looking for chunky yarns and drinking many cups of tea.
In December, you can also wear all of your winter knits and make your husband, kids and dogs wear them too, so no one can escape! There are new patterns being added to the handylittleme knitting section regularly for you to try out and I want to develop more patterns over Christmas and in the new year.
Take a look at my top 10 things to do for a cosy Christmas, for some ideas on what to do this season:
1. Decorate Your Christmas Tree.
Decorate your Christmas tree and make it pretty! However, you decide to have your tree this year, whether it is a real one, a small one or one that you have made you can decorate it with any number of ornaments. From handmade pom poms, to shop bought shiny baubles there are many ways to make your tree look beautiful.
2. Take A Wintery Walk
Get wrapped up in your warm coat and knitted accessories to take a wintery walk through snow or crisp air. Take the dog and relax in the outdoors! it really does help you to clear your mind and relax, getting away from the computer and other stresses. Then when you get home afterwards, you feel extra cosy in the warmth of your own home.
3. Meet Friends For A Hot Chocolate
Meet your friends for a hot chocolate in your favourite cafe or invite them over to stay warm in your home. With so many flavours of hot chocolate available, it's hard to not try them all. I love the chocolate orange!
4. Curl Up With A Good Book
Curl up on the sofa, with a cosy blanket, your dog and a good book. I want to make more time to read this month, with a few books on my list, including The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham, Into The Water by Paula Hawkins and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I have loads more on my list, but those are the ones I have been meaning to read for a while. There is nothing better than sparing a few hours to get lost in a good story.
5. Bake Something
I really love to bake at this time of the year - apple pies, cookies and other sweet treats! I need the recipe books though or some help from my favourite Greek chef Akis Petretzikis. I love the recipes from his website and they are really easy to make. My husband is a huge fan of the Greek chicken pie and also the minestrone soup. I need some help in thinking of regular meal ideas, as I get bored of making the same things! On Akis' website, he also has a special section for Christmas, with drool-worthy recipes.
6. Get Cosy With Your Pets And Watch Netflix
Ok, so this is my favourite option out of all ten! I just love to get cosy with my dog Jason and watch something on Netflix. I have been watching The Crown, Lucifer and Outlander recently. Jason sleeps through most of it or if he's super bored will bring his ball over to play. When the weather is bad though, it feels so cosy with the Christmas tree lights on, the fire going, a cup of hot tea and your furry kid sitting next to you.
7. Wrap Gifts
Wrapping gifts can be a bit of a nightmare if you have loads and you left it to the last minute, so I try to be organised and do it bit by bit. Setting up the wrapping necessities and then choosing papers, tags and ribbons for each special person, can be a lot of fun. Doing this, with the tree lights on and listening to Frank Sinatra or Micheal Buble singing Christmas songs is a great way to spend an afternoon.
8. Get Comfy Pyjamas
Wearing comfy pyjamas over Christmas is a must! Comfy and festive, so you can lounge in them all day Sunday, watching Christmas movies and drinking tea. I have red plaid pyjamas that I just love at this time of the year.
9. Make Something
This is the perfect time of year to make something and get knitting! Find a new project and make something cosy to wear, there are so many free patterns out there, you will be spoilt for choice!
10. Invest In A Super Cosy Blanket
It sounds obvious, but having a super cosy chunky blanket can make such a difference to your levels of happiness in December! Or maybe that is just me. I recently bought a soft fleecy blanket that is warm and fuzzy, it makes me feel so relaxed and comfy and my dog loves it too. I had to buy him his own, so he would leave mine alone. There are so many super soft blankets out there to choose from, whether you want a knitted blanket, fleece, woven or plaid. Seriously, it can make you so happy!
I hope you have enjoyed my list of things to do to have a cosy Christmas. What do you do at Christmas to stay cosy? Let me know in the comments xoxo
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!