Christmas Day Vs Boxing Day

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year, and I think a lot of other people share my love for the holidays. Buying presents, festive markets and seasonal parties - there are so many things to look forward to in the month of December. It's not just Christmas day that creates excitement, its the build up to it and all the days of relaxing afterwards that I enjoy just as much. 

There's no doubt that when I was younger Christmas day (along with my Birthday) was my favourite day of the year, however, as I've grown older I look forward to Boxing Day just as much. I used to be utterly satisfied with just opening present after present and eating a  delicious lunch, although now I notice there seems to be a huge amount of pressure to have 'The perfect Christmas Day'. 

Christmas day to me, and to most, is spending time with family, and that is exactly what we do. Everyone puts on their best outfit, we drink champagne all day, sit at the dinning room table for dinner (which only happens once a year), and serve up the most extravagant and tasty Christmas dinner. 

Each year everyone ends up rushing around trying to find the perfect gifts, wrap the presents in the most aesthetically pleasing paper, and cook the best turkey the whole family has ever had. It feels incredibly satisfying lounging around with a full stomach playing a game of monopoly whilst family open the presents you've searched high and low for, but every year I get that same feeling at the end of Christmas day. I can't help thinking, was that it? Weeks of preparation for it to all be over in a matter of hours. 

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I think this is where my love of Boxing Day began. I now look forward to relaxing in pyjamas all day, catching up on all the Christmas television  trying on and using all the new Chirstmas gifts that have been received, and most importantly eating all that left over food, because lets face it, everyones eyes are far bigger than their mouths on the 25th of December. 

Boxing Day is one of the only days of the year when you can slob about in your pyjamas all day and not feel entirely guilty about it. I don't know about all of you, but I thoroughly look forward to a full day of drinking, eating, pampering myself and watching films. There's nothing to get ready for, no family members to impress and no strict schedule. I love putting on a face mask, the L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay masks are my current favourite, and jumping in the bath with a Lush bath bomb- something that is always in my stocking on Christmas morning. 

Now I know not all of us are lucky enough to have a stress free Boxing day. If you're one of the unlucky ones who has to work, don't worry I've been there! 

This year I've learnt the importance of relaxing, and not just around Christmas time. Whether it's university or school work, or a full time job that is exhausting you, it is impossible to be successful and the best version of yourself, without putting yourself first occasionally. With the 'busy-ness' of Christmas now over my advice to you is put on a face mask, read a magazine and put your feet up. Even if it is just for half an hour, relaxing really is good for the soul.

It's vital for a happy and healthy life to just take a few moments for yourself and stop putting so much pressure on things, I will certainly be trying to do just that in 2017.

Thanks for reading, and a happy new year!

Amy x

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