It’s time to take some action.

For some reason this year I haven’t felt that festive thrill just yet. Now, you might not think that weird, seeing as it’s only November. However, I’m normally a person who starts feeling festive somewhere around late October, and it’s only a sense of social appropriateness that stops me spending 20 per cent of the year wearing Christmas tree baubles as earrings and eating mince pies for breakfast.

I like it, it makes the dull and dreary days post Halloween so much more exciting to have something to look forward to.

So today I am taking some festive action to try and kick start my Christmas Spirit.

First up, the Christmas Jumper.

christmas jumper

This particular jumper was sent to me by New Look who asked me to share photos of me in embarrassing Christmas jumpers from my youth. However I think this “everyone in the 80s wore Christmas jumpers” thing is a big fat lie, either that or I had a particularly classy childhood, because I never had a Christmas jumper till I was a grown up. I’m certainly making up for this deprivation now though by obtaining as many items of tacky Christmas clothing as I can. Expect to see Christmas Midi dresses, Christmas T Shirts and yet more Christmas jumpers coming up over the festive season.

In this photo I am wearing my Christmas jumper in the glamorous surroundings of the car park of my local Tesco, where I went to obtain lunch, and Christmas cupcakes.

cupcake

When I got home I also lit a fire to eat my cupcake in front of. Nothing says Christmas like an open fire!

fire

I actually recently got sent a Yule Log by Certainly Wood. But I won’t be burning that till Christmas as it would be bad luck! It also came with a little scroll about Yule Log traditions, which advises me, amongst other things, that it is bad luck for the Yule Log to be handled by a barefoot woman. Presumably in case she drops it on her foot, but just to be on the safe side I shall make sure I wear shoes to handle my Yule Log!

It also comes with some kindling and some eco firelighters, which I HAVE used already, and very good they are too. If you know someone with an open fire I think these make a great Christmas gift, and for each Yule Log gift set purchased they also give ยฃ1 to Shelter, which I think is a wonderful charity.

Yule Log

Lastly, now I have finished my cupcake, I will be spending this afternoon by the fire setting up my Christmas Advent Calendar, which starts on Monday, so that’s pretty exciting! I’m also doing a little bit of promotion and planning for the Norfolk Brawds Roller Derby Christmas Party and Intraleague Bout, where I will be playing as one of the Steampunk themed Yare Yare Yares (come along and watch!).

I feel the need to have my first Egg Nog latte of the year at Starbucks and eat some Christmas Special Edition sandwiches as well and then surely I’ll start to feel that Christmassy thrill?

If I haven’t got my Christmas mojo on soon I think something must be seriously wrong with me!

Have you got the festive spirit just yet, or would you rather it all just went away? What else can I do to encourage a bit of that yuletide excitement into my life?