I'm a big kid when it comes to Christmas, and I unashamedly squeeze every last bit of joy out of the season that I can. Here are 12 of my Christmas traditions that bring a huge smile to my face:
1. The Christmas Shop
This has nothing to do with buying millions of gifts and lugging them home on the bus, or filling a basket with potatoes and sprouts and Quality Street. This is a shop dedicated to Christmas decorations. It's filled with Christmas trees and baubles and fairies and Santas. There are singing snowmen and mechanical elves and lit-up woodland creatures.
It's AMAZING, and it's within walking distance of where I live. I go every year, usually when it opens in September to avoid the crowds (and because I just can't wait). It was especially important to go early this year because I didn't want to miss out if we went into lockdown again.
Until this point, I'd only been to our local Asda, chemist and post office, plus three shoe shops for school uniform shopping since March, so it was nice to do something 'normal' (as normal as wearing a mask and sanitising your hands before you shop can be).
2. Oldham Reindeer Parade
3. Festive Socks
4. Festive Mugs
I don't have as many festive mugs as I do socks, but I'm building up quite a collection. They usually come out on 1st December, replacing the (boring) regular mugs in the cupboard, but this year they came out a month early on 1st November. 2020 has been a bit shit and we've missed out on the Reindeer Parade and panto so I wanted a bit more festive cheer this year.