How To Have A Great Winter Season

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Winter is approaching (But it’s still technically Autumn) and besides the cold weather and overcast days, it also means we are all likely to be very busy. Tis the season for social events, shopping, visiting friends and family and of course- getting ready for seasonal celebrations.

But before you get swept up in all of that, why not take a breather to think about what YOU want to do this season? In my previous post on having a Slow Christmas I touched on this- how to take charge of Christmas and step away from all the busy-ness. In this post I want to go further, and expand that idea of being purposeful in how you spend your time into the whole season.

So, I ask you- What do YOU want to do this Winter?

Time to rest?

To visit somewhere special?

To go Ice Skating?

Whilst I’ve called this a Bucketlist, it doesn’t mean stressing yourself out to tick off everything for fear you won’t have the best Winter ever. Its inspiration, and intention to follow through, but not something to feel stressed about.

To help you feel inspired, I’m sharing my Winter Bucketlist! I hope you find it useful.

Visit A Christmas Market

We haven’t been to a Christmas Market for a number of years, so this is top of my list! I’m not sure which one, but I don’t fancy venturing too far. There are a few good options around us, so stay tuned for an upcoming post. If this is on your list, a quick Google should let you know what’s on in your area- or check out this list from Time Out on the best markets in the U.K.

Visit the Fantasy: Realms of the Imagination Exhibit at the British Library

Caling all Fantasy fans who can travel to London- this exhibit is a must see! Exploring the history of the genre it features manuscripts, maps, sketches and more by authors such as Neil Gaiman, Ursula K Lee and Susanna Clark and props from film and tv in the genre such as Buffy, and Peter Jacksons LOTR trilogy. It’s on until the 25th February 2023. Tickets must be booked online in advance via the British Library (Note: the website is offline at the time of writing due to a cyber attack)

Have A Festive Afternoon Tea

I saw an advert online for an Afternoon Tea at a local beauty spot and it’s been sat open on my phone ever since! I’m not normally a fan of afternoon teas out (I prefer to make my own at home) but this one was reasonably priced and the offerings were much more to my taste than others I’ve seen previously (What is the obsession with offering vegetarians Goats Cheese? Cheddar is just fine) This would pair well with a Winter walk as well!

Watch Cheesy Christmas Films

I LIVE for cheesy Christmas films. The entirely predictable plot lines are comforting and make for easy watching. Some of the current Netflix offerings are:

  • Best Christmas Ever (New for 2023)
  • Falling For Christmas
  • The Christmas Chronicles
  • The Princess Switch
  • The Knight Before Christmas

Plus lots more! (Really- SO many more)

Hallmark of course is the leading force of cheesy films, and is available in the U.K via Amazon Prime for an additional £4.99 a month.

Read Christmas Books

Who doesn’t love some good Christmas Chick Lit? They are nearly always set in a charming fictional village where everyone knows everyone, and the heroine always ends up with the most eligible handsome man in the Village! Bonus points if there is Royalty involved. Currently on my TBR

  • Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
  • Sleigh Rides and Sleigh Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain
  • Christmas at the Palace by Jeevani Charika
  • A Thimble for Christmas by Dilly Court

Take A Winter Walk

A gentle stroll on a bright Winter day is always a Winter must for me. Armed with many layers, my puffy coat, gloves and a wooly hat I’m ready for the crisp cool air. What I’m never ready for is soggy paths and feeling damp, but this is England so that’s always a possibility!

Make Christmas Decorations

I was inspired by this book, and this one (both checked out from my local library) to have a go at hand making some decorations this year. I’m currently leaning towards making salt dough, paper hearts and some sort of garland. I will of course share this with you in a future blog post!

Bake Bake Bake

A few years back I got the Hallmark Christmas Book and it’s filled with delicious recipes (mostly sweet, but some savoury) and behind the scenes photos from various Hallmark movies. Each recipe is from an Actor in the films, which adds to the cosy feel of the book.

I hope you’re feeling inspired to create your own list- I’d love to know what’s on it! Share your ideas in the comments below.

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