I really hope that at least some people had Michael Bublé singing in their heads when they read the title of this post. I am undeniably one of those people that loves Christmas, I could listen to Mr Bublé’s Christmas album over and over again (although on the theme of Christmas songs I have to say that I was pretty stunned by Leona Lewis’s X factor performance at the weekend – I wasn’t keen on the song and when Christmas trees showed me their bums well!).
Campus has been looking festive for a little while now but last weekend I decorated my house so now I feel properly in the spirit of things (it also helps that I’ve nearly finished my Christmas shopping – I’m very proud of this. There are only a few homemade bits to finish and my mum needs another little something otherwise all done!). I wanted to share with you some of the experiences I’ve had celebrating Christmas as a student and why I think you should stop being a scrooge and join in :).
I still think it’s important to decorate your house, even if you live in a student house (I don’t now but have great memories of when I did) it makes it feel a bit more your own. As undergrads we always had a tree – it began in first year with my lovely friend Mr Simon Lodge (a Christmas fanatic) smuggling a real (but small) tree into our halls. If I’m completely honest I can’t really remember why it was “smuggled”, it was probably considered a fire hazard, but it led to a video that I just very happily watched on YouTube and relived the memories (Freshers please remember this is by far one of the best years of your life, record it!). If you would also like to see a 2007 fresher (Yes I am OLD!) smuggle a Christmas tree into University accomodation Mr Lodge has very kindly given me permission to share it with you here .
From there the tradition continued, in the year 2008-2009 the very same Simon did quite a decent job of living with 4 girls! Here we all are after our “House Christmas” dinner. We went to homebase and nabbed ourselves a tree which thankfully didn’t need to be smuggled into our house! It wasn’t big but it did the job (you can just see it in the side of the picture).
2009-2010 I was on a placement year but we still managed to decorate, although this year we didn’t have a real tree :(. The Christmas dinner with housemates didn’t happen as we all had meals out with our teams etc, but I did miss it. I had a fantastic time with my friends from home though and I do not ever get to see enough of them, they’ve told me they’re happy for their beautiful faces to pop up on my blog so here they are…
2010-2011 I was back to Uni for my final year and we did not disappoint! There was a full Christmas dinner and lots of wine! Lots of wine might be why there are very few photos to share with you! 2011-2012 I was no longer a student but living with students (those Mechanical Engineers spend as many years as possible at uni!) again the classic small tree on a table worked well for us. I have to say by this point I was living with all boys and they definitely were not as excited by the tree as I was (actually I think I was the only one excited 🙁 ).
I will skip 2012 Christmas as I was no longer a student or living with students – just a grown up living with my boyfriend. We started to collect some decorations and I think did a pretty good job of making our house look festive. BUT this year, well, I AM PROUD! The house looks good 🙂 I hope you agree …
The picture at the start of this post shows my homemade presents for some of my friends. I love a homemade gift and I think these look like the good kind of homemade. I hope the recipients will enjoy the cookies they get out of them (and yes I have given them a trial run). The idea comes from Ruth Clemens and her ThePinkWhisk blog.
Christmas is such an important time and I know that a lot of people are gearing up for exams and coursework deadlines but it’s something I think you should take the time to do. It doesn’t have to be expensive (I still have and use some of the decorations I got while an undergrad) start small and build it up. It makes me feel so nice when I come home from a long day at uni and the lights on the front of the house are on (if my boyfriend has remembered!) it looks so warm and inviting and will make you smile at the end of a tough day.