Those who know me really well, know about my strict Christmas rule. Until 11:59 on 23 November, the C-word is not mentioned to me at all. As a winter mushroom- I have a huge hatred for anyone who tries to celebrate Christmas at the beginning of November. Everyone else gets to celebrate their birthday before Christmas- let us winter mushrooms have our time too!

Now we are at the beginning of December and the Griffin household is in full Christmas mode!

So what are the first signs of Christmas? For me, it’s a combination of things. And it all happens on a single weekend and decorating the Christmas tree. Lee gets out of the house (willingly and by order- I do my best work alone), the Christmas tunes go on and I go into a full-on decorating mode. The first signs of Christmas are when I sit down with a good cuppa and look through a Pinterest board (which has shamelessly been made a few week prior). From there, I get out last years decorations and just check what needs getting rid of and what needs replacing with a bit of a festive shopping spree.

The first signs of Christmas mean me putting up all the decorations around my home (the living room be the main focal point for all things festive). It means me dragging out my festive candles from their box and placing one in every single room of my home. If I’ve run out of one, it’s on my list of things to pick up. Once my home smells like a winter wonderland- now it’s time to make it look like one. The first signs of Christmas are when the string of lights are perfectly placed around your tree. When you put all the baubles on the tree perfectly. Evenly spaced out tree decorations. Just pure perfection. At this point, Lee will have returned home and now has to get to work. His job, to put the star on top of the tree.


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Tis The Season

The first signs of Christmas are then to put on the snuggliest PJs, get some mince pies and get settled down on the sofa for a good Christmas film. The choice of mince pies- these delicious ones from Fortnum & Mason. Utterly decadent and delicious with a good old cuppa tea. The film of choice? It has to be It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s my all-time favourite festive film. I can watch it over and over again throughout December.

There is something so magical about this time of year. It’s probably my favourite time. For me, it’s all about embracing a little bit of magic and sparkle in your life. It’s about appreciating your family and the time you have with them. With my family not being around the corner for me, the time I get with them is precious. It’s about taking that long break from work (if you’re lucky) and getting focus for the next week ahead. Which happens to be the new year. It’s about giving and receiving. It’s about joy and magic.

I can’t wait to share more festive content with you (I have some great posts lined up!) But the biggest thing to pass on is to just truly embrace this time of year and just make the most of it. It’s truly magical.


This post was in collaboration with Fortnum & Mason. All thoughts and opinions are my own.