ABCs of Winter

It’s that time again for one of my ABCs of the Season posts. You can read last winter’s here.

ABCs of Winter (But mostly Christmas)

Jumper details

Advent calendar races. Sam and I each have an advent calendar and we race each other each day to see who finds their chocolate first. Whoever has the highest tally of wins by Christmas eve has to go out and find a ridiculous (under Β£3) present from the local garage.

Birthdays! Sam shares a birthday with Jesus so it puts extra pressure on Christmas present buying.

Christmas music. I’ve already started singing it so I may as well embrace the season!

Decorating. I’m mad for it. I wanted to start in early November but Sam made me wait until at least after Thanksgiving.

Eggs. One of our Christmas traditions is that Sam and I make Christmas ornaments out of eggs.

Feasts. I know there is going to be an IMMENSE amount of food eaten with Sam’s family this year.

Gingerbread houses. I’ve made gingerbread men recently, but I haven’t made a gingerbread house since I was a kid. That’s all going to change this year.

Hot beverages. Hot chocolate, mulled wine and mulled cider. A heavenly addition to any evening.

Ice skating. I’ve only ever gone to the rink outside the Natural History Museum. (But I love it and I’ve been there multiple times.) Maybe I should branch out and try a different location this year!

Joy! London at Christmas is magical. People are more cheerful (expect on Oxford Street.) Plus all the lights, the decorations and of course, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Keeping track of the goals that I’ll set for 2015 on New Year’s Eve.

Lights. I wish it was sociallyΒ acceptable to always have fairy lights up. Regent’s Street has greatΒ lights and I’d like to make time to go to Christmas at Kew Gardens this year.

Movies. I have so many holiday favourites, not limited to: Elf, Love Actually, The Holiday, The Grinch (the old animated one), A Muppet’s Christmas Carol and Meet Me in St Louis.

Nights in. Maybe it’s my old age, but I just love a Netflix and cuddling session. I mean I always like them, but even more so in the winter.

Open fires and being cozy up in Scarborough for Christmas.

Popcorn chains. Sam’s never made one and he doesn’t think they exist outside movies. We didn’t have time to make one last year so I promised that we would this year.

Quit holding on to old baggage. Embrace the new direction life is taking me and roll with it.

Ringing in the New Year with Sam.

Snow! We didn’t have hardly any last year. Maybe this year will be the year! If it’s going to be freezing, I’d rather see some of that glorious white stuff than sleet! (Plus I wouldn’t mind be bundled up inside for a snow day.)

Sweater and dress
Tights: Modcloth. Β Jumper: c/o Laura Ashley. Skater Dress: Express. Earrings: vintage.

Throw a party!

Unwrapping gifts. I love giving gifts, I love receiving them. Heck, I even really really like wrapping them!

Valentine’s Day. It’s so far away, and call me the ultimate consumer but I find January so depressing and having Valentine’s Day to look forward to always cheers me up.

Watch Seasons 3 and 4 of “Game of Thrones” with Sam. We’ve watched 1 and 2 and I’ve read all the books. I can’t wait for Sam to see some of the things that happen. Because winter is coming/here.

Xylophone band practice. It’s our busiest time of year.

Yuletide cheer. Everyone seems more friendly around Christmas!

Zzzzzzz……catching up on some sleep!

What’s on your list?

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  • I love your sweater! That is a great list of things for winter/Christmas. I really need to start thinking of my New Years Goals (I don’t do resolutions), I haven’t given them much thought yet.

    • I don’t really do resolutions either, but I do make a list of things I want to accomplish in the next year! x

  • This is my favorite time of year to be in London. Tennessee is wonderful at Christmas, too, but London just really does it up special. I was in awe last year at the effort streets and stores put into the season, and I’m lovin’ seeing all of it return again this year! I’d love to see Kew Gardens at Christmas – that’s one I’ll have to add to the list for next year since it seems we’ve already booked all of our weekends from now until the end of the year! I love being so busy with Christmas-y fun stuff! Enjoy your holidays, sweet friend! πŸ™‚

    • Hurray for being so busy! What are you looking forward to the most? xx

      • That’s tough! I loved ice skating last weekend and I’m looking forward to walking our Christmas lights route this weekend, but strangely enough, I think the thing I’m looking forward to the most is spending Christmas in our cozy little flat with just the three of us. We’ve never had a Christmas away from our extended families, and even though I love that craziness, part of me is super stoked to just chill out with movies and cookies for the day! πŸ™‚ What about you? What are you looking forward to the most?

        • Hmm… well Sam and I spent Christmas alone last year and it was so special. This year we will be returning to the chaos that is Christmas with his big extended family. It’s always a crazy but awesome time and I’m looking forward to being out of London for a few days. x

  • I’ve been recently obsessed with making ABC posts. I actually posted one today about my ABCs of travel. Now im going to have to make a Christmas/winter one!

  • Love these posts, mine is coming up next week so thanks again to you for the idea! I am with you, if it is freezing I would much rather there be snow on the ground (it is snowing now yay!).

  • Egg Christmas ornaments sound so cute! And I hate snow, but I’m still always disappointed when we have a wet Christmas instead of a white Christmas.

  • Hot beverages & Christmas music! Can’t get enough of them right now lol πŸ™‚ x
    PS. So jealous that you’re spending Christmas in Scarborough. I love it there and it seems to have a very ‘Christmas-y’ feel about it, don’t you think?

    • Have you gone to Scarborough frequently? Weirdly the last time I spent Christmas there was a warm snap (well not warm but about 13 is). I know I won’t be that lucky again but I’m definitely looking forward to it! x

  • I hoping for snow!!! I’d love to see england with a light dusting πŸ™‚ Plus my puppies love the snow!!

  • All of these things make me wish for winter and a wintery Christmas! I especially wish it was cold enough here so I could wear a cute and snuggly sweater like yours – so adorable! I’m also big on decorating and can’t wait to make some festive additions to our home soon! And I would love to make a ginger bread house! It’s been years since I’ve made ginger bread men but I think I’d really like to make and decorate a house! Xo

    • I know it’s a stupid thing to say because half the world has a warm Christmas, but it seems so strange to me. I almost can’t wrap my mind around it! x

  • I love the traditions you guys have with the eggs and advent calendars! Too cute :).

  • 1. I want to make those ornaments, so cute! 2. Yes to Netflix and winter being cuddling season. 3. Game of Thrones, just started reading the series but am caught up with the show so eagerly awaiting the start of season 4! 4. you play the xylophone?

    • Haha 4- is just a weird joke. πŸ˜‰ I’ve read all the GoT books so I know what happens, but Sam hasn’t so it’s very exciting!!!! x

  • Loving this post SO much – especially those eggs, they are incredible (and I can’t wait to see this years – pretty please πŸ˜€

  • I love that you and Sam have Christmas traditions. We alternate Christmases between my family and Jan’s so we haven’t been able to make any traditions of our own (and Jan refuses to have a tree if we’re not staying at home for Christmas).

    • We always spend Christmas at a different home as well (except for last year) but I’m a Christmas fiend (and Sam is too, but since it’s his birthday that makes sense) so we try to make time to embrace the festivities throughout the month. xx

  • Um….. XYLOPHONE BAND?? Love it.

    Also, Game of Thrones for the win.

    • Who is your favourite character?! x

      • Well, I have a major girl crush on Emilia Clarke, and Daenerys is awesome IMO. I have an actual crush on Jason Momoa, though Khal Drogo wasn’t my favorite. Tyrion Lannister is pretty fantastic, too.

        TL;DR I’m too indecisive to have a favorite.

        • Tyrion is my favourite just because everything he says is awesome πŸ˜‰ x

          • He does have some exceptionally good quotes. My friend is a calligrapher and has one of his best from season 1 in pretty hand-lettering above her bookshelves: “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.”

          • Exactly why I love him! πŸ˜€ x

  • This is such an amazing idea, Amanda! And I love that jumper, it’s fabulous!x

  • I love this list and I really must do my own this year. Ice skating wise you have to go skating at Somerset or The Tower of London as they are the most Christmasy of all the ones in London (in my opinion anyway!). xxx

  • Hot beverages are THE best! This list makes me happy !

  • Being in a Xylophone band puts you solidly in the running for the “Coolest Person EvAr” award. Your Christmas traditions sound like fun — especially the advent calendar race, haha. The Grinch (animated) is my favorite holiday movie (Nightmare Before Christmas is a very close second)! I love saying all the lines and singing the songs while I watch it. I also love when the grinch does that super creepy smile with WAY too many teeth when he hatches his “wonderfully awful” idea. >:D

    • Oh man! I totally forgot “Nightmare Before Christmas” that’s an excellent one! In grad school I had to write a paper on Masha in Chekov’s “Three Sisters” and I did it with that in the background so it will always remind me of grad school now. also it used to terrify me when I was little because *true story* I have a phobia of worms so I *may* have freaked out during the later unveiling of a certain creepy character…. x

      • I wouldn’t blame your childhood self for being scared. A guy who’s made of bugs and kills for fun is pretty darn frightening no matter how old you are D:

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    It’s been so lovely hearing about what Christmas means for all the different bloggers πŸ™‚
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

    • I totally agree! And there are lots of things that people have in common but the differences are great as well! x

  • I always enjoy your ABC lists. I introduced Fredrik to Elf this year and he keeps talking about the burp in it!

    • Ha. Elf is the best. Also my ideal diet resembles Buddy’s…. πŸ™‚ But alas, I am too scared of dying to eat that way! x

  • Definitely saving this list…it is adorable πŸ™‚ Also, this is totally unrelated, but how do you get such perfect buns!?! Bun envy

    • Ugh, it’s just years of dance class as a kid. (Maybe I should do a tutorial one day!) I love rocking the bun still, but the roots of my hair majorly ache when I finely unpin it. x

  • Ahh we just started season 4 of GoT! I finally convinced the Russky a few months ago not to be afraid of all the accents πŸ˜‰

    Happy holiday season!

    • Happy holidays to you as well! I read the books and loved them and had to talk Sam into watching the show- he was a bit reluctant at first. Now I have a convert on my hands! x

  • This is so perfect. Everything on this list just screams the holidays!! And I’m with you on “nights in”… cuddling up to a movie or good book is the best way to spend winter evenings!

  • I love the rink outside the National History Museum! I always wanted to go to the one at Hampton Court too. And I’m definitely fond of catching up on some sleep. Hah

  • Love this post! Such a cute idea.
    Reinventing Neesha β™₯

  • a) The bun & sweater are adorable b) advent calendar races might be the best tradition I’ve never heard of before – do you start at the same time or is it the first one out of bed? how does it work? c) I want to do Christmas at Kew too! Anything with lights and I’m a sucker for it. Loving Christmas in London so far πŸ™‚ xx

    • Hehe thanks! At the same time- so we keep them stashed so no one scopes out the location of the dates ahead of time and then whenever we are in the flat at the same time – that’s when we do it! x

  • That sweater is super cute…love that outfit! We use to make popcorn and cranberry garland when I was little! Sounds like a fun Winter!

  • This is a really cute post! You are so creative!!!
    Melanie @

  • Such a fun list! You really captured all of the joys and wonders of the season!

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    I love your ABCs. And by the way, it is socially acceptable to have fairy lights up all year round. My mum does and always has. Usually in the kitchen, often around mirrors, and sometimes running along the hall floor. Do it!

    • That’s awesome. I wonder if her electricity bill is affected or if they use a negligible amount…hmmm… *ideas brewing* xx

      • Amy @ the tide that left

        Mum is super super environmentally conscious so my guess would be that the amount used is very little. Go for it! I want to see the results!

  • I really want to make a gingerbread house this year too! I always make the men, so might roll out some extra for houses. I wish lights could stay up all year long too, at least the ones that aren’t overtly christmassy.

    • My gingerbread men don’t turn out brilliantly though so maybe that doesn’t bode well for my gingerbread house! x

  • Do it! And you can always eat some sweeties while helping! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Great list of things! You’re making me want to enjoy Christmas time more! And wow that is pressure that Sam’s bday is on Christmas as well! And I’m the same, nights in are my favourite for the winter. And it’s totally acceptable to keep lights on all year – they add charm to places πŸ™‚

    • Hehehe will if it has the Camila stamp of approval then I’ll have to go full-speed ahead with the year round lights idea! ;D xx

  • Wow, Sam’s bday on Christmas? I always thought it would be a bummer to have a Christmas birthday–it seems like everyone would just give you one present for both, ha! So I can figure how the pressure is there ;). I LOVE your sweater! I’ve been wanting to make gingerbread men and a house and all the Christmas cookies.

    • I think it’d be a huge bummer too. When he was little his family would celebrate his half birthday so that he’d get a “day” like everyone else. Nowadays no one does, but I try to get him a bit more than I would for just Christmas. xx

  • I love that your British boyfriend made you wait until after an American holiday to put up Christmas decorations…

    Your sweater is adorable.

    We watched A Muppet’s Christmas Carol last weekend. It was lovely.

    Yes, winter is the season for snuggles and Netflix.

    If you’ve seen my wine bottle display on our mantle, then you know I think pretty lights are a year-round decoration.

    • Ha, it was our compromise! He doesn’t believe in decorating until well into December but there was no way I was going to wait that long! I also enjoy Muppet’s Treasure Island, but that’s a bit off-topic…. x

  • Ah your list totally put me in the winter/Christmas spirit, I am so ready to curl up under a snuggly blanket and watch a Christmas movie! I agree though I wish fairy lights could be up all year round, they are my absolute favourite part!


    I decree it.


  • Loving your advent calendar race idea! And yes, fairy lights look great all year!