‘Tis The Season To DIY Christmas

It’s Christmas!!!!

I know, how did it come round so quickly? It’s crazy how time flies when you aren’t looking (even more so when you ARE looking).

I bloody love Christmas. Everything about it just makes me all fuzzy on the inside and it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in my love of desserts, put my favourite Christmas music on loop and generally give myself a holiday. And desperately wish for the slightest hint of snow in this grey hole we call London.

Here’s the thing. My family doesn’t actually celebrate Christmas. It’s never been a thing in the household, though I’m not sure why. Don’t get me wrong, we still have family time together but we’ve just never really done the whole tree + turkey + presents + Christmas films thing. This has NOT stopped me from loving almost everything about Christmas, and in some ways it’s kinda nice – we’ve never had to worry about the stress of hosting 100 family members, feeding them, dealing with drunk uncles/aunts and clearing up afterwards.

They do Chinese New Year though. Complete with red and gold lanterns, cookies and very loud relatives. Classic.

If you’re alone for the holidays this year, or simply if your family is like mine and doesn’t do Christmas in the traditional way like everyone else, this post is for you. Here are some of my favourite things to do on Christmas day.

Bake something.

Yes, I have a sweet tooth and I’m not ashamed. My ultimate comfort food is something sweet and gooey, and what better time to indulge in my love of experimenting with food (not always successfully) and sampling my own creations? Just make sure you have all your ingredients beforehand, I’ve learned not to rely on emergency trips to the shop on Christmas day in my PJs. Though I’ve actually saved this one for my birthday this year, which happens to be very close to Christmas. I’ll be honest – most of the fun tends to be choosing something to make and looking up recipes. YouTube here I come.

Go for a long walk.

You know, some of the most cliched “things to do” are often pretty great. Besides, gotta earn those sweet treats you’ll be baking. I do love walks, and find that they help clear my mind and make me feel so much better, particularly in the morning. Perk – you get random smiles and “Merry Christmas”-es from strangers who wouldn’t even look at you on the other 364 days of the year. I saw an elderly couple going for a walk this morning, all decked out in bright red Christmassy gear. If that isn’t #goals, I don’t know what is.

Call the family.

Let’s face it – even if your name is Scrooge, there’s no denying that Christmas is a family occasion and revolves around making memories, mending relationships and spending quality time together. If you happen to be away from yours this year, give them a call. Have a quality chat with each other, what better time to catch up on what you’ve both been up to? Embrace the festive spirit of giving, load up FaceTime and make the first move, don’t wait for them to do it.

Do some DIY.

I bloody love DIY but don’t always have the time for it. It’s such a therapeutic thing to do, and you don’t have to be a Pinterest-worthy lifestyle/mum blogger to do it. There are so many ideas out there, take your pick and get creative. Did I mention how much I love my little wooden Christmassy ornaments over on my Instagram? I might just leave them up for the whole of next year. Not sorry.

Get off technology and do something for yourself.

We spend the whole year running around doing things for people, whether it’s our boss, our children or other people in our lives. I came across a wonderful quotation the other day (yes, on Pinterest) that got me smiling – “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” Christmas is a holiday that’s all about giving. Give yourself the gift of self love. Spend that time taking care of yourself and doing something that you once enjoyed but haven’t done in a while because you’ve had no time etc etc. It’s not time wasted – it’s time well spent building yourself up for the year to come, and you might even learn a thing or two on the way.

Whatever you’re getting up to this Christmas, I hope you thoroughly enjoy it and find yourself indulging in a proper belly laugh. If you’re alone this Christmas and needing a little company, feel free to get a chat going in the comments, I’ll be right here with my fluffy socks, chocolate and duvet. Merry Christmas everyone! You go girl.

– J

Disclaimer: All images were obtained from Pixabay. The featured image was designed on canva.com by J, exclusively for thenellybean. 

14 Comments on “‘Tis The Season To DIY Christmas”

  1. Staying away from technology during the holidays is something I definitely should get better at! And DIY’ing stuff.. recycling old things and make something new to give away. I think about it every year but I always ‘forget’ or get too excited about buying presents.

  2. I always try and keep off of technology around christmas as much as I can, so important to spend time with family! I definitely want to get my bake on next year, have seen some gorgeous baked inspo!xx

  3. Ahhhh I love this post. I am with you on the DIY front. I tried to make some gifts this year, including a scented candle and a hot chocolate mix for my mum. I really enjoyed it and am going to try to make more things while I am off work. I still havent got round to the baking yet haha xx

  4. I love this list and I love Christmas to!! Is there anything better? I was in London for the holidays and it really made me cherish being home with family. BUT on the bright side…. Christmas dinner under my belt, no longer terrified of mucking it up! Hope you had a lovely festive period and here’s to 2018!! xx

  5. It’s such a lovely time of year for walks, well, as long as it isn’t raining. My boyfriend isn’t really a fan, but I managed to get him and his parents out for a winter walk yesterday! When Chinese New Year comes around, I’d love to know what your family does to celebrate if you’d enjoy writing about it. Happy 2018 XX

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