It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Disclaimer: I profusely apologise in advance to those of you who believe the C word should only be uttered on and after December 1st. But I’ve gone there and I’m not taking it back. Hurray for the festive season!


It’s barely half way through November and Christmas music is already being proudly sung by all some of my colleagues at work. Every so often someone breaks into Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree or Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and I happily hum along for a bit while a minority mutter under their breaths that it’s too early. But we all know secretly they love it!! I haven’t given in to playing festive tunes just yet, but I am slowly easing myself into the festive spirit. The Christmas lights were turned on in Dublin & Cork this week so if this isn’t license to begin embracing Christmas cheer, I don’t know what is. It’s pretty impossible to ignore the fact that Christmas is a meer 39 days away when fairy lights adorn the streets, and stores are playing the same 10 festive anthems on a loop. Not that I’m complaining, I’m a HUGE Christmas lover. It’s just not really Christmas until the tree is up in our house. Having said that, there were a couple of things that really got me into the festive spirit today.

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This afternoon I had my first taste of Christmas. Quite literally. I enjoyed my first festive coffee of the season in Costa – a Sticky Toffee Latte! My mum went for a Praline Cappuccino. I’ve never really rated Costa for coffee before, but I have to say it tasted exactly like my fav Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks – I never had one last year because Dutch Starbucks don’t do them!! A little part of me was annoyed that it wasn’t in a Christmas cup, until I remembered that this happened to me last year in Utrecht! Not drinking festive coffees from a festive cup is apparently turning into a festive tradition!

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Grocery shopping even felt that little bit more Christmassy with decorations hanging from the ceiling in Dunnes Stores. Oh, I also saw Elsa from Frozen several times around the store, or at least little girl dressed as Elsa casually twirling and occasionally stopping to readjust her tiara. Does anyone else love when parents let their children go about their day in costumes like that – what a way to bring a little magic into their kid’s daily routine!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!



This Day Last Year: 15th November 2013 – The Hibernation Chronicles



4 thoughts on “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

  1. I have been listening to Christmas songs and dancing around like a mad woman because I’m so happy it FEELS like Christmas this year. Most years I’m not ready but I enjoy it. This year I feel like I’m counting down, I’ve got my hot chocolate, my slippers, my decorations, and now I’ve got to buy a tree and put on Christmas movies! xo

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