It is official, there is no denying it any longer. Christmas is one month away! Even the Grinchiest of Bah Humbugger’s cannot begrudge someone getting into the Christmas spirit now.
So, with everyones minds now turning toward the Christmas season, we wanted to share some things that are going on this weekend that will hopefully put a smile on your face because it officially is the most wonderful time of the year.
The last weekend in November is when over 2,000 Christmas markets open to the public across Germany (even more if you count the rest of Europe). For those of you lucky enough to be travelling to Europe this Christmas, we hope you love your time there.
If you, like us are going to be spending Christmas here at home in Australia, the excitement of adding a little Christmas magic to our own homes and of remembering Christmas markets past always brings a smile to our faces.
This amazing 360-degree video of Christmas markets in Berlin is a whole lot of fun. Move around and see the market from all sides!
You don’t need to go all the way to Germany to get into the Christmas spirit. We Aussies know a thing or two about putting on Christmas displays and one of our favourite things to do from now until Christmas is seeing houses all decked out in their lights.
There is something magical about Christmas with a long summer evening, one where the sun sets so late. It is perfect for being out and about, for taking a stroll down a street that has houses twinkling in the evening warmth.
Then you have those streets where the whole community goes to town! An Australian Christmas in summer may be different but it is definitely just as magical.
As Sydneysiders, Kristie and I love to head into town to see the street lights and Christmas windows.
November 25 is the date at which most of us begin to decorate (or plan to start decorating) our homes. Across the country, people are pulling out decorations and Christmas trees. Some are even travelling to the local Christmas tree farm to tag their own tree. Whatever you are up to this weekend, it really is the perfect time to take stock and prepare for the start of the Christmas season.
The Christmas tree really is the most significant part of most people's Christmas displays. While they do look amazing all dressed up in their lights, decorations and tinsel (if you like tinsel, I have been told I am weird for still liking tinsel…), it is the ceremony of putting up a tree that is one of the best parts of Christmas. Taking out each decoration and remembering where you were, what life event had happened when that ornament first made its way into your collection, that is some Christmas magic right there!
So happy November 25 everyone. Here’s to fond memories of what has passed and to creating new Christmas memories with those you love this year.
If you are not aware, Christmas advertisements are a big deal in the UK. Each year, major retailers try to go above and beyond with high production value epics and the release of Christmas ads have become an enjoyable start to the Christmas season for many a Brit.
This year, John Lewis & Partners have done something truly magical. It is goose-bump worthy. While I have never been inside a John Lewis store (and I actually had to Google to find out what they sold), They have captured a spirit of Christmas that really pulls at the heart strings. Yes it is only an advertisement but it really does put into perspective what is important at Christmas.