Our out of office is firmly on, and we are ready to indulge in a bit of rest and relaxation before the festivities really kick in. From TV marathons to off-duty wardrobes, discover what we’re planning on wearing, watching and doing to make the most of the Christmas break.
The must watch: festive films
What would Christmas be without endless repeats of everyone’s favourite festive films? We’ve done the hard work for you and picked out the unmissable ones before the big day.
Nativity! (Saturday 23rd December, BBC1)
This light-hearted Christmas comedy is fast becoming a modern classic. Starring Martin Freeman as a teacher, unwittingly tasked with putting on his school’s nativity play, it’s one to get you in the holiday mood.
Frozen (Saturday 23rd December, BBC1)
Settle down on the sofa ready for some serious sing-a-long action with this feel-good favourite. Perfect for keeping the little (and big) ones entertained while you sneak off to wrap presents, or prep the turkey.
The Great Gatsby (Sunday 24th December, BBC2)
Count down to Christmas Day in style accompanied by Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio, above), Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) and the roaring twenties. Gatsby’s infamous parties celebrating over indulgence and excess may feel remarkably familiar in the run-up to Christmas…
The outdoor activity: Christmas pop-ups
With all the present shopping done, it’s time to wrap up warm and venture outdoors. With festive pop-ups, shows and exhibitions open right up until Christmas, there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy some family time.
Kew Garden light show
Just 30 minutes from central London, Kew Gardens is the perfect location for a Winter walk (get your wardrobe inspiration here). Filled with over one-million twinkling lights, perfectly curated light shows and laser beams, it’s a seasonal spectacular not to be missed.
Whether you cling to the sides or complete a Torvill-and-Dean-worthy triple spin, there’s no festive activity more traditional than strapping on your skates and taking to the ice. We recommend the ice rinks at Somerset House, The Natural History Museum and Brighton’s Royal Pavillion or find one near you here.
Chatsworth House: Oh Dickens! It’s Christmas
Calling all literature lovers. You may be familiar with Chatsworth House as the setting of Mr Darcy’s Pemberly in the 2005 adaptation of Pride And Prejudice. This Christmas, however, the Derbyshire stately home is being transformed courtesy of another English writing great: Charles Dickens. Find yourself transported to the streets of Dickensian London as all your favourite characters are bought to life.
The name to know: @thefrugality
For your daily fix of fashion, interiors and travel inspiration, we recommend perusing the Instagram feed of fashion journalist turned blogger, Alex Stedman (@thefrugality). Her wardrobe is brimming with great-quality basics that won’t break the bank. With a call to arms to save the pennies and invest in life’s little luxuries, she’s definitely a girl after our own heart.
Her feed is filled with festive cheer and details of her home-renovation project, all with a baby on the way. We think now is the perfect time to familiarise yourself with @thefrugality.
The wardrobe essentials: loungewear
Time off spent with your nearest and dearest is even better in comfy attire. We are firm believers loungewear should be mandatory for the entirety of the holidays (if you can’t wear a onesie at Christmas, when can you?). Here are our tops picks to master the art of off-duty dressing:
Jersey Sleep Onesie
This brand-new jersey onesie, with a suitably festive metallic trim, is perfect for a weekend spent snuggling on the sofa.
Brushed Heart Flannel Pyjamas
Wear your heart on your sleeve with this gorgeous pyjama set. Made from super-soft and sumptuous brushed cotton flannel, they are guaranteed to keep you warm on cold December nights (and days).
Cashmere Contrast Jogger
The Holy Grail of casual dressing, these cashmere joggers are smart enough to wear to the shops but still possess all the cosy comfort required for lounging.
Tune in to: The High Low
There’s no better time to catch up on that podcast your workmates have been recommending all year. Pop it on in the background when you’re prepping for Christmas, or while you’re soaking in the bath catching up on some well-deserved me time.
One of our favourites is The High Low, presented by journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. The perfect way to get your dose of must-know news, books and binge-watches from the last week, the show rounds up the stories you might have missed, with no topic too high-brow or too frivolous to make the grade.