If you haven’t seen anything remotely Christmassy yet, then the likelihood is you’re either locked in a dark cupboard somewhere, or you’ll have at least heard the grumblings of a Scrooge muttering something like: “But it’s not even December yet!!”!
Bah Humbug we say! We won’t let the naysayers detract from our festive spirit anytime soon- and neither should you, so here are 24 things (one for each day of the advent calendar, genius-we know) that get us all giddy for the Christmas season here at Transun. Let us know of any you think should have made the cut.
1- Festive Treats- Bailey’s coffee, mince pies, gingerbread- what’s your favourite treat?!
2- Christmas Theme–Red cups in Starbucks, elves in stores and everything else magically morphing into Christmassy colours.
3- Seasonal change- Did you know in Britain’s worst winter ever saw the Thames freeze over for two months, with an 11 inch thick layer of ice!!
4- Christmas TV- Coca Cola ad! (Holidays are comin’), the Queen’s speech, Royle Family etc.!
5- Alcohol- Mulled wine, Winter Pimms what’s your favourite winter tipple?!
6- Christmas films- Home Alone, Love actually, The Snowman, Elf, Polar Express, The Sound of Music, Harry Potter etc etc… Does your favourite rank on the 50 Best Christmas Movies?
8- Christmas Shopping- Did you know the average shopper walks 5 miles around stores at Christmas?!
9- Mistletoe- Got anyone in mind for a cheeky smooch?
10- Smells- Cinnamon is a no-brainer, but how do your nostrils know it’s Noël?!
11 Stockings- Does anyone still receive the traditional orange in their stocking?!
12- Christmas Crackers- Without bad Jokes and ridiculous paper hats, Christmas wouldn’t really be the same. What’s the best/worst cracker joke you’ve ever had?
13- Open Fires- perfect for toasting marshmallows, family board games, charades, you name it!
14- Christmas Events- Winter wonderland in Hyde Park, pantomimes, Christmas markets, to name but a few.
15- Christmas Paraphernalia – Wreaths, candles, tinsel, baubles, advent calendars…
16- Santa Claus- Wish lists are written, reindeer take flight and mince pies and carrots are mysteriously left half eaten through the night as Santa hurriedly delivers toys to the world.
17- Christmas Songs- Mariah Carey, Shakin’ Stevens, George Michael, Slade and BandAid make our Christmas Have we missed any classics?!
18-Christmas Clothing- Winter ‘fashion’, reindeer socks, winter hats and festive jumpers suddenly become must-haves. Worst jumper pictures very welcome!
19- Secret Santa/Works’ Christmas parties- and the ensuing shenanigans…
20- Carol Singing- 'tis the season to be jolly after all!
21- Snow- If Britain gets its usual no-show, there is plenty of the untouched variety going spare in Lapland!
22- Christmas Cards- a great way to spread the festive cheer, although only 15% are bought by men -Scrooges!
23-Christmas trees- ‘coloured lights or white lights’ is always the hot topic of families countrywide, but which do you choose?
24- Family- Arguably the most important part of Christmas. With everyone all in one place and feeling a lot merrier, Christmas really is the best time of year.