Sunday, 18 October 2015

What I Love About The Autumn/Winter Months

I thought I'd do a little bit of a chatty, rambly post today. I'm having what I like to call a 'productive, yet relaxed' weekend, and so far, I've succeeded in making sure that it's been a nice mixture of both.

Seeing as we are now well in to Autumn, what with the days becoming rapidly shorter, and the clocks set to go back at the end of the month, I thought that this post would be a very appropriate one.

Most people are either a Spring/Summer person, or an Autumn/Winter person, but I genuinely can't decide which seasonal category I fall into more. Both of them have their positives, and their negatives, and that's why I can't decide. Anyway, I'm going to be talking about Autumn/Winter today, so regardless of what seasonal category you fall into, I hope you enjoy this post none the less! Oh, and before I forget, the photo that you can see above was actually one that I took myself when I was in the woods a couple of weeks ago! I was thinking of blog post ideas, and I knew that I wanted an autumnal picture, preferably one that I had taken myself, and then I thought this was the perfect one.

1. The lead up to Christmas - I'm going to start off by sounding quite obsessed over all things Christmassy, but that's ok, right? You can't really beat the lead up to Christmas, can you? All of the festive, twinkly lights that take over the streets, the endless rows of Christmas presents in the shops, the Christmas themed movies, and television programmes, and who can forget doing up the house until it's all decked out in Christmas d├ęcor? It's such a magical time, regardless of how old you are, and I don't think any other celebration will ever compare. It truly is the best event all year!

2. Cosy evenings in - Nothing beats a cosy evening in, does it? Those days where it's so dark, and cold outside that all you want to do is come inside in the warm, and snuggle down under tonnes of soft blankets with a cup of hot chocolate, and a Christmas film to watch. That's how you know Christmas is really just around the corner. All of the little things add up to make it the most special celebration. I don't think any time of the year can ever come close to it, do you?

3. What kind of blogger would I be if I didn't include one point relating to fashion and beauty? Not a very good one, let me tell you that now! I fall in love with the season's fashion, and beauty each time a new one rolls around, but more so Autumn, and Winter than Spring and Summer. I think that there is so much more of a diverse choice during the colder months. During the warmer weather, there isn't that much you can do, as it will just sweat off your face anyway (gross thought I know), and it's far too hot to be piling on the layers, hence why I much prefer the colder months in terms of fashion, and beauty. I adore everything from the berry lips, to the dark eyes, and bronzed skin, to the chunky knitted jumpers, suede ankle boats, and massive coats. The deeper colours are so flattering, and stylish on anyone, regardless of their appearance, and I think that's just lovely.

4.  How can we have an autumnal, wintery post without talking about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day themselves? My family have a tradition, which I'm going to share with you now. Every Christmas Eve, me and my mum do our own things, so she's upstairs making phone calls, and doing everything that she needs to do, and I'm texting my friends, and watching Christmas films, such as Elf, Home Alone, The Polar Express, and all them good ole traditional ones. Then, at about 11 'o' clock, we usually sit in front of the Christmas tree with all the lights on, and we open up some presents. I'm pretty sure that last year I opened most of mine from my mum, and possibly my grandparents, but I just get so carried away! Then on Christmas Day itself, we usually all sit under the tree (me, my mum and my stepdad), and the rest of my presents and their presents together. We then all have a relaxed few hours getting ready, and then we usually go to my grandparents for dinner, more present opening, Christmas TV, and all that good stuff. This year, I believe that Christmas is at my house, but that doesn't make it any less special - if anything, it makes the whole experience even more exciting! We all pull open the crackers, and have cups of tea, chocolate biscuits from the special Christmas time selection, and we all have a jolly good chat, whilst mid-watching all the traditional Christmassy programmes aka the festive episode of Eastenders, and Coronation Street, and that. What a festive bunch we are! It's so lovely spending time with those most important to you, and at such a special time of the year, it wouldn't be the same without family.

5.  Another thing that I really love about the more seasonal, festive time of the year is the general scenery that comes around. All of the different colours of the leaves falling to the ground, the brisk air, the cooler evenings, and just the general autumnal feel. That's how you really know the excitement is going to begin with Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year!

What are your favourite things about Autumn/Winter?
Lots of love,
Jade x


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