Christmas present in front of a decorated tree

Pinch, punch first day of the month!

The 1st of December means it's officially appropriate to GET MERRY. I've opened the first door of my advent calendar, tonight we're putting up the tree and I'm even having another stab at Blogmas - so what better way to start than telling you everything I love about Christmas.

Getting time off

This is a popular reason, even for those who put on their Grinch hats and sulk at the first sight of the Coca-Cola truck. In most cases, workers get some days off for Christmas. Even working in retail has it's perks, in that most stores are closed on Christmas Day (and New Year's Day, if you're lucky!)

Despite January feeling like the longest month, most are able to go back to work after spending solid days with friends and family, feeling content and ready for a new year.

Feeling cosy

From the candles and Christmas lights to a roaring log fire, there's a surefire way to make you feel super cosy at home in Winter. Amp it up by adding a hot chocolate with marshmallows (and the Strictly Come Dancing final, maybe) on a cold Saturday night and you're on to a winner.

Wrapping up in a chunky knit or big coat is also the ultimate pleasure when it's freezing cold outside.  Then grab yourself a blanket scarf (like this one) and whip out the wellies that have been hiding in your wardrobe for most of the year.

The food

Of course, nothing says festive like a Christmas dinner. A good roast is one of my favourites (especially if made by my mum!) but in addition, there are seasonal flavours in every coffee shop and advent chocolate for 24 days straight.

Don't get me started on German Market specialties like bratwurst, cinnamon pretzels and pannfkuchen (crepes!) which are also the first stop on an annual visit.

Wrapping presents

As much as I like finding the right present for people, it's quite difficult to think of presents for everybody and to be honest, buying them isn't my favourite part of the season.

However, when it comes to wrapping I am ALL about getting a Christmas film on, sipping on a glass of prosecco and going to town with decorations. I'm awaiting the last of my presents to arrive and surprisingly, I'll be very much pre-prepared for a change!

What are your favourite things about Christmas?