Ok Halloween’s finished, bonfire night’s over,it’s officially time to start celebrating Christmas right?

Well I break up for uni at the beginning of December so, we need to decorate the house!

I’m sure most of you out there have been feeling a bit nippy, or have passed a shop window or pub with ‘Book now for Christmas’ signs, even some of you may have heard the odd Christmas song on the radio…so yes I feel it’s time. So here are a few things we all know and love that get us just that bit more excited for the holiday ahead!

1. When the leaves go from being dry and colourful, to being crunchy with frost!


All you early risers know what I mean. When you wake up and see that blanket of fog outside your window, or walk down the road to school/uni and the grass and leaves have those frosty silver highlights on the top. Winters looming…

2. When advent calendars and selection boxes come into supermarkets

Now to be honest, I think they were there from October, but hey just the sight fills me with excitement I think, doesn’t it you? I’m a Cadbury girl at heart – which one do you go for?

3. The famous John Lewis Advert. (or indeed the Coca Cola advert!)

So have we all seen the John Lewis advert? Any tears? I’m sure there are many. I’ve got to say they’ve done better, the penguin was sort of adorable, however, it doesn’t make me any less excited. I’m sorry but I can start celebrating now can’t I?

4. The local Chestnuts vendor in town.

Now there aren’t any of these back where I’m from, but since being in York, I am loving the cute little vendors on the streets of town selling ice cream in the summer and chestnuts in the winter – I just hope they were roasted on an open fire!

5. The start of Strictly Come Dancing/X Factor/ Downton Abbey

I’m sure at least one of these is a tradition among some of you – for me it’s Downton Abbey and I really do love it! (In my family it’s also Strictly, however the lack of recognisable people for me each year and the fact that I’m really busy at uni and have had to prioritise my TV habits has left me a bit late on the bandwagon this year)

6. It starts getting dark at 4.30pm!

Yep, the clocks are back and now Halloween’s over – it’s officially time folks! I do love the talk evenings that just make snuggling up in bed/ on the sofa that much more cosy! However it does make my mind think sleep at about 5 which isn’t great when I’ve got a ton of essays to write.


  1. Jasmin Charlotte
    November 7, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    It has been getting dark so early! Definitely feels like winter is here now, but it makes me so tired and not want to do much in the evenings! x Jasmin Charlotte

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 7, 2015 / 2:51 pm

      I know just what you mean! If I get home around 4/5 that's me done for the evening – my mind is in sleep and cosy-evening mode, haha.

  2. ►Nadush
    November 7, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    lovely post and photos ! :)please follow my blog : THE COLORFUL THOUGHTS

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 7, 2015 / 5:57 pm

      Thanks so much!

  3. Emma Reilly
    November 7, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    Ohh I live near York and I love going there near Christmas 🙂 Such a festive little city! I'm excited for Christmas too..I actually prefer the build up to the day itself usually because then I just get sad that it's another 364 days away!Emma xxA Little Freckle

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 7, 2015 / 10:58 pm

      I totally agree! Around this time, or beginning of December is the best! The celebration part and the excitement is way better that the day itself!

  4. Charlotte Dickson
    November 7, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Aw this post is so cute, I'm slowly but surely getting excited for Christmas! I feel like the John Lewis advert isn't quite as good this year but it's still definitely a tear jerker. I also love it when the fallen leaves and grass collect frost, as its so satisfying stepping on them when they crunch under your feet haha 🙂 xCharlotte's Road // Beauty, Fashion + Lifestyle

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 7, 2015 / 11:00 pm

      Yes, I've already cracked out the Mariah Carey tunes (don't judge me! haha) Yeh, I do agree – however I did catch it come on the TV again yesterday and a few tears did fall, so they've done it again!

  5. Kay
    November 8, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Loved this post! 🙂 <3 I honestly can't believe Christmas is so soon, that last year really flew by! x Personally, I don't like how early it gets dark now. 🙁 Sucks to leave work at 5pm when it's already pitch black outside, it's like we never see any sunshine anymore! xFollowing on bloglovin' <3Kayhttp://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 8, 2015 / 3:11 pm

      I know, it's gone by super fast! Yeh I agree, I do miss the sun a bit, especially now we're in a bit of a wet-patch (quite literally) and it's just raining all day long!

  6. Nicole Marie
    November 8, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    Lovely post! I can't believe that it's almost time for the holidays already. Here in Texas, hurricane and rain season always tells me that Christmas is on the way. It's finally getting slightly colder in the mornings and nights. I can't wait to be able to start wearing my scarves ^^http://stressedbutkawaii.blogspot.com/

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 8, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      Thanks, I love it! Christmas-time is the best time! I do love scarf and hat season!

  7. ►Nadush
    November 8, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    lovely photos :)please follow my blog : THE COLORFUL THOUGHTS

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 8, 2015 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks, I'll check it out!

  8. Danielle
    November 8, 2015 / 4:41 pm

    i can't stand how it gets dark so early but i'm definitely excited about the holidays!danielle | avec danielle

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 8, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Yes, I agree! I'm so unbelievably excited for Christmas, you have no idea!

  9. Bethany Alice Marie
    November 8, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    Yes, yes, yes & yes! Haha this is so on point, the John Lewis ad is the Christmas bible.Bethany xwww.bethanyalicemarie.co.uk

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 8, 2015 / 10:00 pm

      Haha, love your enthusiasm! Glad you agree, I'm so excited!

  10. May Cho
    November 9, 2015 / 2:03 am

    None of these apply to where I live because we're equatorial and the country doesn't celebrate Christmas, but the arrival of X Factor and Christmas albums are the telltale signs for me! Lovely list nonetheless, Josie!May | THE MAYDEN

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 9, 2015 / 9:05 am

      Oh of course! Thanks anyway!

  11. Quintessentially Me
    November 9, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    This has really put me in the christmassy mood! I love this time of year. Ashleigh xxwww.quintessentiallyme.co.uk

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 9, 2015 / 4:39 pm

      Yay, I'm so glad! Me too, it's literally the best!

  12. Kate
    November 9, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    I love all the different seasons and the anticipation of Christmas – chestnuts and chocolate advent calendars, yum! I'm not that keen on the John Lewis ad this year. I think it's probably supposed to be uplifting but I just find it depressing – not sure what that says about me! xKate Louise Blogs

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 9, 2015 / 4:42 pm

      Absolutely, I'm so looking forward to my advent calendar! (I'm not nearly in my 20's or anything *insert awkward embarrassed emoji*) haha! No I agree, it did make me cry (which I think it probably their aim nowadays) but yeh it was quite upsetting rather than happy, I'd hate to be all alone on the moon at Christmas!

  13. Carmen Varner
    November 9, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    The worst part of this time of year is the fact that it gets dark so early. The sun setting at 4:30 PM is such an enormous bummer to me. I can never get over it. :]// ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 9, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Yeh it does get quite depressing doesn't it. Just tuck up with a hot choc and a good film and blanket and enjoy the cosiness!

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