Cold hangs around the house like the opalescent mist that all day has filled the valley. It’s mid December and we’re nearing the deepest, darkest part of the year. Thoughts turn to ways of brightening the short days and long nights, especially today, encouraged by Anna over at Skin and Blister blog, whose #ShareAdvent prompt for 11 December is “spread some cheer”.
An easy way to do this at home is to decorate the house. The tree and decorations won’t go up here until nearer Christmas Eve, but a few festive touches around the place begin to put us in a seasonal mood.
As well as decorations, lights, and candles, all manner of Christmas activities and traditions have been devised to help lift the spirits during the cold, bleak winter. Here are some to try, which also tie in with some #ShareAdvent prompts to come.
Home baking – Mince pies and Christmassy cupcakes are guaranteed to cheer up the dullest of days. Why not peek in to the pantry here for inspiration, or join Anna for Gingerbread Day on day 21 of #ShareAdvent ?
Seasonal music and stories – Bring cheer to your neighbours with carol singing, or if you live near Oxford, head to the Holywell Music Room on Sunday 15 December for an entertaining afternoon or evening with the Oxford Waits. Performances are at 4pm and 7.30pm. You can also join in with some Christmas stories on day 13 of #ShareAdvent.
Mull some wine – with its cinnamon scent and warming flavour, mulled wine is sure to bring festive cheer to the season. If you need more encouragement, “mulling” is the prompt for day 22 of #ShareAdvent.
So go on, spread some cheer!