📚Top Ten Tuesday – Christmas freebie📚

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week we were the given the topic of freebie, so of course to celebrate it being Christmas month I am going to make this a very festive post (sorry, not sorry).

It’s not going to be book related, so I apologise for that in advance. This time it’s going to be my top five Christmas things🎄🎅🎁

1 – Picking our Christmas tree.

It’s only in the last 3 or 4 years that we’ve started to have a real Christmas tree at home, we used to have a fake one before this, so picking our real tree to come to our house is a relatively new tradition. Me and my Mom will get up quite early and get into our comfy and warm outfits, go and look at all of the trees, say we’re going to get a smaller and more manageable one this year and then end up with one of the biggest of the bunch. We never learn :))))

2 – Putting the tree up.

My brother is actually my half brother, so ever since we were little we would put the Christmas tree up on the first weekend in December, so that he got to help put our tree up and the one at his Mom’s house. Now putting the tree up on the first weekend in December is just something that has stuck, even if that means the tree goes up literally on the 1st December…

3 – Decorating the tree.

Arguably the most important part of the decorating process is doing the tree. It’s the centrepiece of Christmas so it needs to be perfect… I will start sorting the decorations out into little groups (so that no two same decorations are ever directly next to each other) and then me and my BF will get to work stringing the lights (usually resulting in me having an allergic reaction from falling into the Christmas tree) and then put the decorations on. It’s actually really joyful, allergic reaction aside.

4 – Playing Christmas music.

I admit, I would play Christmas music in November if I thought it was socially acceptable, however, my family do not agree and threaten to disown me if I play Christmas songs too early. Which is why, when December comes around I listen to NOTHING but Christmas music.

5 – Baking.

I love baking any time of the year, it’s one of my fave hobbies and I love to give people little sweet treats, but for Christmas it’s something else! There is constantly the smell of mince pies or cupcakes or biscuits coming from our kitchen at Christmas.

Let me know what your favourite things to do at Christmas are and if you’re taking part in Top Ten Tuesday so I can check out your post too!

Until next time, Em xxx

Top Ten Tuesday – TT Christmas activities📚

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Good morning (or evening depending on where you’re reading this!) today is a freebie on Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and I’ve decided in the spirit of Christmas to do my Top Ten Festive Activities! I’m actually so excited to do this post lmao.

1 – Making paper chains. I turned 24 this year and I still love making paper chains, I will go to places like Hobbycraft and by specific Christmas ones and spend HOURS making them. 

2 – Decorating the Christmas tree/house. This is easily the best part of the year for me, getting the decorations down from the loft and making the whole house look like a festive bomb has gone off – WOOP. 

3 – Making mince pies. Okay I actually hate mince pies, I don’t like mincemeat and if any of it touches me I gag, but, making mince pies for everyone else (my dad, grandparents, neighbours) is one of my fave things to do at Christmas time. 

4 – Drink hot chocolate with so many marshmallows you could sink a ship. I love hot chocolate all year round, but at Christmas, I have a special mug I use and I pile it so high with whipped cream and marshmallows. Bliss. 

5 – Making Christmas cookies/biscuits. A lot of Christmas for me is making treats for everyone else, we have quite a large extended family and lots of elderly neighbours so at Christmas there’s never someone far away who would love some cookies or biscuits. 

There are probably so many more activities I could bore you with that I do at Christmas, but I won’t! Mainly because I’m off to write some Christmas cards and wrap some presents and sing badly to Christmas music.

Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoyed my TTT freebie! Em xx