I love the idea of planning the months ahead. It's something I always do, on paper, or in my head. but why not share it with you? I've seen quite a few bloggers posting something like this, and figured I'd join the trend. However, there's something extra special about the month of December. There's something in the air, it's almost like you can feel kindness all around you, even in the chaos of Christmas shopping. I want to try to remind myself to go back to what Christmas in my eyes is actually all about, which is not incredibly expensive gifts, but spending quality time with my loved ones. So here's my (not so) little list of things I want to do in December:
Stay focused and do well on my exams.
First things first. While I hope and believe that most people are enjoying these coming weeks and only counting down to the holidays, December is not a student's favourite month. December means noticing all the work you should have done in September. It's (if you're anything like me) a stressful few weeks full of late night study sessions and pushing myself to the very limit. This year the exams in my least favourite subjects are luckily quite early on, and after 8th December I should be a happy bunny, only working on subjects I absolutely adore. Wishing all students out there good luck, we can do this!
Keep going to the gym twice a week
Oh the gym... I was so good last year, from October to May that is. I practically lived there. Then the spring exams came, then moving with Mum, then going abroad, and the moving, myself. Oh the excuses I've had. But the thing is I was doing so well, and I absolutely loved going every day. I was also never ill while I went regularly, and now that flu season is certainly upon us again I've been getting back into it. Exams or not, my hope is to stick by it for as long as possible. Two times a week to start with, and then we'll see where I get to in a while.
Buy my own advent candles and Christmas tree
I was one of those lucky children who got a gift-advent calendar every year from my mum, and you bet I miss it, but it's time to face facts – I'm growing up. So no advent calendar for me this year. I do think I will invest in some nice advent candles for the flat and keep the tradition going even though I live away from home now. I also want to invest in my own Christmas tree. As a student buying a fake one would probably be the best option, but the reality of it is that I don't have anywhere to keep it in the months of January - November. Not to mention that it wouldn't feel Christmassy without a real one. We'll see where I get to with that idea, I'll most likely stick with the cheaper option of not having one at all haha.
Watch Christmas films
As I mentioned earlier, December can be a stressful month for the best of us. It's not only full of planning and organising, but also propped full of exams and events. It's been a long year, whether it's been a good or bad one, at the end it's finally time to relax. We deserve it. So I want to cuddle up under a warm blanket on the sofa and put on Love Actually for the millionth time.
Have a Christmas workshop
Do you remember when you were little and you used to make things all the time, at school, at nursery or at home? I do, I used to love it. So this years plan is to start a new tradition, or rather re-start an old one. To light some candles, put a lovely dinner in the oven (and maybe even add some dessert in the mix), have Christmas songs fill the room and get creative. First of all by folding paper lanterns and decorations, but also wrapping gifts and making cards for everyone.
Bake gingerbread men
Actually pepperkaker. This one might not be a shock for anyone. It's something we love to do, and that we do every year. Again, Christmas music on in the background and the smell of pepperkaker filling the room as each tray goes in the oven. I'm not a kid anymore, but playing around with the dough, creating my own shapes and variations makes me feel like one. A table full of flour, NonStop and sticky icing. What could be better in December?