Over the years more festive events have crept in on the run up to Christmas.  I have to say I do love November and December for the festive feel that is in the air.  In the past I didn’t allow myself to start feeling festive until much into November & sometimes even into December, but over the last few years a couple of events have meant that I’m now getting a festive tingle at the beginning of November.  For me the festive feel is about wrapping up warm & being cosy; enjoying the festive food & street lights; lighting candles & filling the air with winter spices; baking & comforting hearty food; thinking of my Christmas themes for wrapping & decorations; and starting to watch Christmas movies. But below are the five festive events that I now look forward to that starts the festive tingle:-

Hatton and Harding Christmas collection


Hatton and Harding, a Warwick based independent who are celebrating their 3rd birthday today, have firmly established themselves as THE place to furnish your home.  Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without decorations or soft furnishings from Hatton and Harding.  You can’t help but to be swept up by their love of Christmas and this shows in their festive collections & the energy they put into decorating their boutique store. This year they have launched their second bespoke, limited edition, Garland candle just for Christmas.

Starbucks Red Cups

Starbucks Redcups 2013

The anticipation of Starbucks Christmas flavours seems to build every year.  My need for all things spice at this time of year has been somewhat softened now that they have introduced spiced pumpkin latte through October. Which also means that the festive flavours aren’t far behind.  I can’t think of anything better, on a cold day, than drinking a toffee nut latte or gingerbread latte – it’s the one time I’ll have cream on my coffee, after all it is nearly Christmas.  I’ve also been collecting the Starbucks ceramic Christmas mugs for a number of years and am loving the reindeer one this year.

Oxford Street lights

Oxford Street Lights 2013 2 Regent Street lights 2013

I remember as a child being taken down to Oxford Street to see the lights and window displays. I can tell you the feeling I got then has not gone away and I try to get down to London during the festive period to see the lights.  I’ve already been this year, as you can see from the photos above, but will definitely be going again over Christmas.  There is still something magical about being in London when it’s cold and enjoying the lights.

Birmingham Frankfurt Market

German Market, Birmingham (7)

I’ve been going to this Christmas market for about eight years now and absolutely love the atmosphere. Over the last couple of years it has got a lot larger in size, being the largest outside of Frankfurt, and now spans from the Bull Ring right down New Street, through Victoria Square and out down towards Broad Street. You definitely need a few glasses of Gluhwein and a Frankfurter or two to give you the energy to tackle it all. Whether you are looking for Christmas gifts or out to enjoy the food, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Market will definitely put you in the festive spirit.  I haven’t been this year yet so have borrowed this photo from Visit Birmingham.

Christmas Adverts

coca-cola-trucks-1 John Lewis Christmas TV ad

Working in marketing I’ve always been a bit of an advert geek (don’t tell me you’ve never played the advert game) and the most famous Christmas advert I can remember is the Coco Cola ‘Christmas is Coming’ advert.  Over the last few years there seems to have been a little competition between retailers to see who can come up with the best Christmas advert.  Whilst, in my view, no one will beat Coco Cola, I have to say John Lewis is winning hands down.  Mr & Mrs Snowman last year was just brilliant and, like others, I was eagerly anticipating this years and it hasn’t disappointed.
Oxford Street lights 2013
I’d love to know what gets you in the festive spirit?

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