Autumn has come and gone, Winter is here and it is time to warm up in front of the fire. We never really know if we’ll have the white winter that creates the most idyllic artwork and scenes captured on a Christmas Card, and if we do, it is more likely to cause absolute chaos, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to making the best of it.
My comforts for this time of year are very similar to those I talked about in Cosy Autumn Comforts but with the addition of holiday elements that make this season wonderful in its own way.
Instrumental Hymns and Carols
I have a rather conservative taste when it comes to Christmas music. Some of the mainstream songs are okay and I will listen to them from time to time over the course of December, but my go to playlists consist of more traditional Christmas carols and hymns, especially in their instrumental form. I love instrumental music and for me it creates such a warm and peaceful atmosphere, which is what I want when it gets cold and dreary.
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas.
I’ve talked about this film often enough on blogs and Christmas related tags over the years but I’m going to mention it again because I absolutely love it. Watching this is one childhood Christmas tradition that I’ve carried with me through to adulthood as it reminds me of that childhood innocence and excitement, and how important those traditional stories and feelings were to me. Disney encompasses all that in this feature and in a sense watching this is more important to me now because my Christmas festivities are so different. It’s that extra little bit of magic I always want at this time of year.
All the baking!
Christmas is the season when there is always something to bake. Sarah, myself, my mother, we all get busy baking one thing or another and I don’t know if that will ever change. There is the traditional Christmas fruit cake (which is actually initially baked in late September/October and left to rest), gingerbread houses, sponge cakes with adorned with winter detailing, mince pies etc and the smell is one of my favourite things. The cinnamon, cloves, ginger…it all screams Christmas and it automatically makes me feel warm. I also love a lot of the different delicacies from other countries and cultures at this time of year, – yule log, lebkuchen, stollen, panettone etc.
Re-reading A Christmas Carol and A Visit From St Nicholas
No matter what reading mood I am in at the time, I will always make a point of re-reading both A Christmas Carol and A Visit from St Nicholas on Christmas Eve and their everlasting value is incredibly comforting to me. It’s a tradition I feel important to hold every year.