After a long day, I imagine all you really want to do is cosy up and unwind. Believe me, I’m the same! That’s why today’s Blogmas post will outline the ten steps to achieving the perfect festive evening routine. The following suggestions will ultimately leave you feeling relaxed and ready to tackle the next day.
Put the Christmas lights on
The first thing I like to do after getting home from a long day it switch on the Christmas lights. Nothing quite lifts your spirit than gazing at the colourful twinkling lights amongst gorgeous tree ornaments. I also like to put on the fairy lights around the room too because it makes the space so cosy and inviting.
The next step of my festive evening routine is to light some candles. Well usually for me it’s just one candle, but that’s because I love the large jar candles. They just fill the whole room with their beautiful scent making for a very snug atmosphere, especially if you’ve gone for a Christmas candle.
My favourite two candles recently have been a ‘Black Cherry’ scented one which I bought from ASDA, and of course my all-time favourite ‘Fairy Dust’ candle from Lily-Flame.
Comfort food meal
Now I’m not going to sit there and pretend that I come home every night and make fabulous healthy meals for dinner with loads of vegetables and salmon and whatever. When winter rolls around, I see that as the best excuse to start whipping up allll of the comfort dishes.
I’m talking mac and cheese; shepherd’s pie; bolognese (Mum’s recipe for sure!); and bangers and mash. The last thing I personally want to do after I get home from work and it’s cold and dark, is to cook a magnificent meal. Quick and easy is the way to go.
Run yourself a Bath
Forty-five minutes of uninterrupted me-time is obviously one of my favourite parts of the day. I like to make the room as dimly-lit as possible so that I can fully relax and enjoy the calm. However, a bath wouldn’t be complete without some of our favourite products!
I switch up my bath products quite a bit so that I don’t get bored. So some days I might opt for bath milk, other days I may choose my Imperial Leather bubble bath; or if it’s been a particularly trying day I might go all-out and throw a bath bomb in!
Keeping it comfy, I get out the bath and straight into my warmest and fluffiest pyjamas to start getting myself in the sleepy mindset. Grabbing my dressing gown en route, I’ll then head back into the living room for my dose of evening entertainment.
A festive evening routine wouldn’t be complete without a hot beverage. For me, it’s all about the hot chocolate. Perhaps it’s because it was such a treat for us growing up, I’ve really learnt to appreciate it haha. My favourite ones are the Cadbury’s hot chocolate, and the Option’s Belgian Chocolate powder. If I’m feeling really naughty then I take it one step further than the cream and marshmallows, and I actually add a tablespoon of chocolate spread!
It wouldn’t be right to drink a hot chocolate without accompanying it with some baked goods. A little end-of-the-day treat yo’ self. The ones I can never resist are either biscuit selection boxes, bakery cookies, or banana bread.
Of course, you can really go for it and make some yourself, which is something I love to do. I’ll link some of my absolute favourites, and well-used, recipes below:
https://www.bakingmad.com/recipe/banana-and-chocolate-chip-muffins (honestly the easiest recipe ever! And our family’s go to).
Watch TV/films under a blanket
Whether you’re binge-watching a series, or just really feel like watching a classic Christmas movie, this would have to be part of your festive evening routine. You can take your hot drink and biscuits over to the sofa and enjoy them in your cosy set-up. Our recent go-to show has been Grey’s Anatomy; what have you been watching? Let me know in the comments.
Hot water bottle to warm the bed
I always try to avoid putting the heating on when I can. Growing up, our parents were very much the type to tell us to layer up instead. I’m quite glad about that though, because not only is it cost-effective, but better for the environment too.
If, like myself, you’re bedroom is somehow much colder than the rest of your house, then I’d definitely recommend this. Make yourself up a hot water bottle, and put it under the covers about 15 minutes before you plan to go to bed. The bottle will heat up the sheets for you so it will be super snuggly by the time you get in. You’re welcome!
This is an optional step, but one that I’m very happy to have as part of my festive evening routine. Spraying your pillow with a calming mist is the ideal way to send yourself off into a good night’s sleep. Most pillow sprays have the stereotypical ‘calming’ fragrances in them such as lavender and ylang ylang. However, there’s a reason they’ve gained such a great reputation in this context. I feel so relaxed after a few deep breaths and it’s works wonders while I’m doing my nightly meditation.
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