There have been some strong contenders for the coveted ‘Month of the Year Award’, remember May? And, of course, who can forget that sunny minx August? So many great memories from the past year, but December has once again proved itself top dog, so let’s have a quick recap as to why December is the darling of the year…
This may be more of a matter of opinion, but I love the cold weather like a polar bear loves Coca Cola – an unnatural amount, especially as it’s probably making me ill. But it also provides the perfect excuse to wrap up in a chunky winter knit, as nothing hides turkey belly better than an ‘over-sized’ jumper. Plus, nothing beats the childlike wonder the first snow gives you (before the inevitable and total shut down of any form of public transport because we live in the UK and if we’re going to let anything get in our way, it’s going to be the weather).
I’m not just talking Christmas and New Year – December seems to have an almost summery attitude to going out, a quick pint after work in a cosy pub with a log fire soon turns into an all night session, complete with taking full advantage of the beer jacket on the walk back to the train station. Everyone just really gets into the ‘be merry’ side of the season.
As great as going out in December is (fake snow, and twinkly lights everywhere), it is also the perfect time to stay in of an evening. The judgement elicited when you opt for a quiet one in December is so much less than any other month, so settling in to binge-watch Breaking Bad again while cosying up with a hot water bottle is a completely viable option in lieu of socialising with actual human people.
I’ve covered the love of winter knits already, but that’s a staple for any of the winter months. What makes December so special is that you can wear a Santa hat, hideous light up jumper, and leggings with snowmen on them and no one will so much as blink an eyelid. And if anyone does say something, you wag an accusatory finger at them and demand “what are you, some kind of… GRINCH?”
Glorious food. Whether it’s the sudden hike in amount of chocolates left lying around at work, the fact that I am having a side of mince pies with every meal, or sampling all ‘Christmas dinner’ sandwiches super markets have on offer (in one sitting, of course) so I can judge which is the best, there’s a lot of munching happening this month. And I couldn’t be happier. January may bring its guilt-induced ‘will join a gym’ resolution, but for the moment I am taking advantage of the fact that everyone else is intent on feeding me up so I can shake my belly like a bowl full of jelly.
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