My Festive Hit List

This year, I’m determined to Do Christmas. I have been a bit of a scrooge about things in the past few years – last Christmas was awful (we had just lost my Dad, there was a very uncomfortable divorce situation in the family, it was just very strange all around) and the Christmas before I spent in Australia. Which was great fun, but not Christmas-y at all.

So this year, I’ve written a hit list to make sure I maximise a good British Christmas.



Go to a Christmas market

This one had to be on there, right? Visiting a Christmas market is such a festive activity, it can’t fail to get you in the festive spirit. I’m talking about browsing handmade gifts, drinking Glühwein, soaking up the atmosphere.

Go to an outdoors carol service

Carols = Christmas. Outdoor services don’t happen very often and there’s something pretty cool about carols unaccompanied by overpowering music.

Bake Christmas cookies

I love baking, and I think baking Christmas cookies would be a great way to get me in the holiday spirit. Anyone have any good recipes?

Go to a candlelit Christingle service

I love Christingle services, celebrating Jesus the light of the world with actual lights. Ideally this would be the midnight service on Christmas Eve – I always preferred this service to the one on Christmas Day.

Sit by an open fire

Nothing sums up cosy to me more than sitting by an open fire. The smell of woodsmoke, the noise of gentle sputterings coming from the hearth, and the sensation of the side of you facing the fire being roasting hot while the rest of you is freezing. Ah, nothing like an open fire.

Play board games

Board games are fun for all the family, and we have a good group of friends who love board games too. Sadly we only have about one game but I figure if we provide the venue and snacks, others will be happy to provide the actual games!

Light all the candles

I know. I’ll put the hygge book away now.

Wear all the cosy clothes

One thing you absolutely have to do to enjoy Christmas is stay warm. This year I would like to stay warm.

Eat my own weight in Pigs in Blankets

I LOVE pigs in blankets. They’re one of my favourite things to eat. I would like to eat pigs in blankets for multiple meals throughout December, not just Christmas day. Why limit the fun?

Actually put up our Christmas tree

We have a fake Christmas tree because real ones are too much of a commitment for us, especially as we’re not usually around over the actual Christmas period anyway. However, that’s a scroogelike attitude so I just need to get with the program and put up what decorations we do have in good time. And try and spend some time enjoying them. I might even wrap presents for underneath the tree…

Does anyone have anything else I can add to my list, to do Christmas properly?


Linking up with Emma, Angie and Honey for the Travel link up and with Kristen and Gretch for What’s New With You?



  1. 1st December 2016 / 08:11

    Hygge it up sistah! Light ALL the candles. Just be careful and have water nearby! Cheers from hyggeligt Copenhagen!

  2. 1st December 2016 / 08:56

    Awww hun I hope you get to do all these things on your list! I love pigs in blankets too and am determined to put up a tree this year.

    May your Christmas be better than the previous years Rachel.

  3. 1st December 2016 / 09:47

    Hope you get to celebrate Christmas in true festive style this year, it sounds like you have all the key ideas sorted, especially carol services and Christmas markets!

  4. 1st December 2016 / 11:25

    All on my hit list as well! Last year I got really burnt out going to so many Christmas markets (it is a thing….) so trying to take it easy a bit more – relax, and enjoy the season 🙂

  5. 1st December 2016 / 11:34

    Yes to Christmas cookies! 😀 We always make and decorate cookies on Christmas eve and spend the next few weeks eating them.

    Unfortunately doesn’t look like we will make it to a carol service, but maybe when the boys are bigger – it’s been a few years since I last went to one!

    Hope you are having an awesome week! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  6. 1st December 2016 / 13:26

    Such a great list! I’ll be taking a few of these ideas for myself 🙂 Thanks for linking up!

  7. 1st December 2016 / 13:57

    AHHHH. I tried to put our fake Christmas tree up last night but the tree stand has gone missing! 🙁

    I would add drinking a festive beverage. A hot chocolate, or even better, spiked peppermint hot chocolate. You could sip while you play board games or make cookies!

  8. 1st December 2016 / 16:18

    I love this Christmas hitlist! I think you have all the bases covered. Right down to the hot toddy/Glühwein. I’m sorry to hear you had a crappy one last year: the following ones are always bittersweet. Kudos to you for maxing it out this year! Honestly, I think it’s a nice way of remembering someone, when you think about it. I adore pigs in blankets too, especially the nearly-burnt ones.

  9. 1st December 2016 / 16:19

    I love the “eat my weight” one 🙂 That’s one thing I can guarantee I will do (a veggie friendly food though… more likely sugary filled) 😉

  10. 1st December 2016 / 18:22

    Pretty please go to a Christmas market so I can live viariousky through you! We don’t have anything like here in the States, so I love seeing all the pictures of them when people go! The Christmas Eve candlelight services are my favorite as well! They’re just so pretty and peaceful!

  11. 1st December 2016 / 18:28

    I hope you are able to do everything on your list! I love being in comfy clothes this time of the year too. I just want to snuggle up with my dog and a nice blanket as well.


  12. 1st December 2016 / 23:23

    This is such a great list of so many Christmas-y things that are sure to help you get in the spirit. I’ve found that if I’m not intentional with every season, it will pass by so quickly that I look back and realize I missed out on taking advantage of so many things.

  13. 2nd December 2016 / 00:20

    nope! i am the scroogiest scrooge this year. well i’m kind of a scrooge in general, and while i like christmas, i don’t generally like christmassy stuff. and excuse me being in australia wasn’t christmassy? NONSENSE. haha. i think thats why christmas feels odd to me here, to me its supposed to be warm and stuff. eh. i’m really not a horrible scrooge, i just don’t do a lot of christmassy things. but i could get down with some pigs in blankets. yummmm.

  14. 2nd December 2016 / 02:08

    I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas too. We have no family nearby so it will be just the four of us again this year. One of these days though I am going to have me a winter Christmas. I’m over the summer heat already this year!

  15. 2nd December 2016 / 02:26

    Such a great list! I hope you do all the things 🙂

  16. 2nd December 2016 / 02:30

    All of these sound like so much fun! I would love to go to an outdoor carol service 🙂

  17. Jen
    2nd December 2016 / 05:43

    A Christmas market sounds absolutely amazing!

  18. 2nd December 2016 / 15:23

    we’re going to the christmas market today! i have never been and it’s usually SO CROWDED that i tended to avoid them….so we’re leaving early to get there early and avoid the crowds.

  19. 2nd December 2016 / 15:34

    cookies, carols, fires and well just comfy clothes – i mean all of it just sounds extraordinary! i went to a christmas market in prague over the holiday and decided nothing compares (for me, yet) so i don’t really go to any others ha. i cant wait to hear about what you mark off the list!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  20. 2nd December 2016 / 17:05

    Love the simple things in your list – sit by the fire, wear cozy clothing, go to Christmas mass. Beautiful list. 🙂

  21. 2nd December 2016 / 21:50

    Brilliant list! The smell of woodsmoke and the sound of carol singers are possibly two of my favourite things – so atmospheric! Good luck with ticking off all the items on your lovely list!

  22. 3rd December 2016 / 14:40

    Love this checklist – I hope there’s going to be a follow up telling us if you ticked them all off?! 😉 #travellinkup

  23. 3rd December 2016 / 16:31

    Definitely need to bake some Christmas cookies this year!

  24. 3rd December 2016 / 22:23

    haha very hygge! I think I may be staying in Canada for the holidays (still no news of my visa) so I think I’ll be doing all the traditional Christmas stuff I used to do. We built a snowman a few weeks ago when my Brit was here. I’ll be making the Christmas tree with my mom tomorrow, and baking cookies!

  25. 4th December 2016 / 03:23

    This sounds like the perfect Christmas! We just bought a new board game to play at Christmas. It definitely brings people together.

  26. 4th December 2016 / 04:25

    I’m always travelling during Christmas time and I find that being in colder countries gets me in the Christmas mood a lot more, despite the fact that I’m Australian. I’m going to be in Cancun over Christmas, so not sure how Christmassy that will be!

  27. 4th December 2016 / 14:01

    Love your list Rachel. Wishing you a lovely festive season. X

  28. 4th December 2016 / 15:28

    I am 100% with you eating all the pigs in blankets – my mum has already been stock piling them! 😳 Hope you get to visit a lovely Christmas market too!

  29. 4th December 2016 / 21:52

    These all sound incredibly Christmassy, which is the best!! I am certainly not in the Christmas spirit with the 30 degree heat, eeek!

  30. 5th December 2016 / 05:05

    This list makes me feel Christmas-y!
    I prefer Christmas Eve candlelit services to Christmas Day ones as well.

  31. 5th December 2016 / 22:20

    Aaahhh the Christmas Markets! I can check that one of as I did that in Germany last week. Glühwein is AWESOME! It’s just the two of us this year and my husband hasn’t even made it home yet, so I I think we are going to be scrooges and pass on the tree though. I actually do wish we had a fake one instead. The real ones have to be picked up, trashed, and they make a mess. Hope you make it through your list.

  32. 6th December 2016 / 04:37

    I 100% support this entire list. I went to the Christmas Market tonight here in Chicago, Illinois (USA) and it was amazing. Mulled wine and pastries while looking at homemade Christmas ornaments. Also YAAAS for the pigs in blankets. My mouth is watering thinking about them!

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