Sunday, 22 November 2015

Christmas & Winter Goals

Happy Sunday! How are you all? Am I the only one who is befuddled by the fact that we're more than halfway through November? I can't believe how quickly time flies. This weekend, my dad is visiting, so this post is a cheeky scheduled one (can't remember the last time I did that!). Inspired by Jasmin, and following up from my Autumn Goals, I figured it was high time for a Winter/Christmas Goals. But first, how did I do with my autumnal goals? I have started baking my own bread, I definitely made the most of the sunny October days, I've done the best I can with my studies, I feel much more settled in my job, our new flat definitely feels homely and I've had countless of hot drinks. However, I've only been to the Botanics twice (shock horror!) but I've visited Kelvingrove Park much more regularly, and I do love it. As for saving money, I have saved quite a lot, but perhaps not as much as I would've liked. I blame the Cursed Child tickets.... All in all, however, I think I've done really well with my goals!

Anyhow, here are my new ones for Christmas and the winter months...

1. Go ice skating. During my childhood we used to go ice skating every winter on the frozen lake. It's been ages since I last did it though, so this year my sister and I are planning to go to Glasgow On Ice and go ice skating on George Square. It won't be nearly the same thing as going out on the frozen lake with hot chocolate in a thermos, but I reckon it'll be fun!

2. Bake Christmas treats. Every single year (with the exception of the year that I was in Paris) I've baked Swedish sweet saffron buns and gingerbread at the beginning of December. To me, baking that first batch of gingerbread on the first of Advent is an essential part of Christmas, and I'm excited to do it with my sister this year, because we haven't done it together in quite a few years!

3. Get a real Christmas tree for our flat. When I was little we used to have a real tree every year, but then one year we switched to a plastic one, and my parents have since refused to ever get a real tree. But this year I'm in my own flat, so obviously we're planning to get a real tree! I can't wait to feel the smell of pine - there's something so Christmassy about it. We just have to find somewhere to place it...

4. Have a festive afternoon tea. Just like Jasmin, I would love to go for a festive afternoon tea. I love afternoon tea, and I love anything festive - put those two together, and it's bound to be magical, isn't it? I just have to find out what the best one in Glasgow is! If you're from Glasgow, suggestions would be welcome.

5. Go to at least one Christmas market. To begin with there's the St Enoch Christmas market in Glasgow, which I found a bit meh last year (sorry Glasgow), but still need to pay a visit. I'm also hoping to go to Etsy's Christmas Market when it comes to Glasgow on the 6th of December, and also to the one in Edinburgh which is a tiny bit too commercial and tourist-y for my liking but is still a lovely experience.

6. Finish my Goodreads challenge. I was doing so well up until I went back to uni in September, and now I'm a few books behind. I plan to read as much as I can over the Christmas holidays though, so hopefully I'll be able to get back on track before the end of the year.

7. Ace my exams. Or, at least do well enough. (Touch wood!) I have to get really good grades this year to be able to do what I want in third year, so I'll have to really revise as much as I can. Exams have never been my forte, but hopefully I'll be able to perform well enough. I'm not looking forward to revising. Not. At. All.

8. And for an easy-peasy fun one... watch all of the Christmas movies. I've already made a start (oops) with watching Elf last week, but I'm planning to get through all of the good ones. Love Actually, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Grinch, The Holiday, and so on.

Do you have any goals for the Christmas season and/or for winter in general?

Love, Mimmi.