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I love the winter. I make no secret of it, it is my favourite season. Many people think I’m a little crazy and I do understand the nice warm summers mean it is easier to get out and about. Also the rain is less than ideal if you are out, no one wants frizzy hair and wet feet. However, the cold I find refreshing. I love a cold bedroom so I can have a nice thick duvet cover and I sleep better. I love jumpers, scarves and hats. It is the time for hot chocolates, gingerbread lattes and mulled wine. Plus there is Christmas with all its festivities, twinkly lights and tinsel (ok I hate tinsel but I’m trying to make a point).


She has grown so much!

I do love the summer, I really do but to get full enjoyment out of it I need a cold ‘reset’. The winter needs to be really cold*. There should be snow, not just a small smattering but lots of it and multiple frosts. These last couple of winters have been down right rubbish for me! This year I am really hopeful for a cold one. I’m talking minus temperatures regularly! The South East of England does get warmer weather than the rest of the UK but I’m really hoping some of the cold snaps reach us this year. Sorry fellow SE residents… Ok I’m not sorry!


Since I cannot control Mother Nature and since there are still Global Warming deniers out there warming up my winters (bas***ds) I have compiled a December bucket list so I can tick little fun things off as I go. So even if I don’t get snowed in with the girls and make snowmen, women and cats. Even if I can’t go out and instantly feel Jack Frost nipping at my nose I can have other things to concentrate on. I’m also hoping this will help with the inevitable cabin fever we start getting with the Christmas Holidays approaching.

The Bucket List

  • Write a letter to Santa with both the girls
  • Pick a Christmas Tree
  • Decorate the Christmas Tree
  • Watch our favourite Christmas films
  • Go to Hobbycraft and get some Christmas themed crafts for the girls.
  • Go and see the Christmas lights in London with the girls
  • Visit a Christmas market
  • Visit Santa
  • Make Winter Cocktails
  • Wrap all the presents (all at once usually)
  • Go and visit the local RSPCA and make a Christmas donation
  • Visit the local garden centre to see the decorations and the rescue donkeys
  • Go out for a gingerbread latte and cake
  • Christmas themed baking
  • Finish and send Christmas cards (I have actually started them)
  • Take the girls shopping to each pick a present for Daddy.
  • Have an indoor picnic

I think we will have lots of fun completing this list. Is there anything else you would add?

*I know most people consider anything below 10ºC to be cold; I need it to be sub 4ºC to feel like it is cold…. I’m seriously not joking! In Vienna last year, in December, it didn’t get below 5ºC in the days… I was gutted! I think I would be very happy somewhere like Canada in the winter.


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  1. November 29, 2016 / 7:15 am

    Winter (and Christmas) in the Northern Hemisphere is always special. Here in SA, it is not and our bucket list looks rather different. 😝 More swimming and staying out of the sun type of activities. Have fun with your bucket list. #globalblogging

    • Winnettes
      November 29, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Thank you I will. I’m not sure how I would like a warm Christmas… My mum grew up in SA and she says it’s not much different just warm X

  2. November 30, 2016 / 11:32 am

    I’m like you, it has to be below zero for me to feel like I’m getting my money’s worth from all my lovely coats, hats, scarves, woolly jumpers etc. I think I might write a Winter bucket list too, good idea! #globalblogging

    • Winnettes
      November 30, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      Haha! I’m glad I’m not the only one. It was -6 when I woke up this morning… I was extremely happy! X

  3. December 1, 2016 / 4:57 am

    The older i get, the more I dislike the cold, haha. But i have to admit, it just isn’t the holiday’s without a chill to the air. I love your bucket list, I may have to copy a few of your ideas! #GlobalBlogging

    • Winnettes
      December 1, 2016 / 2:03 pm

      Copy away! I struggle with the cold more than I used to but mainly because I hate seeing the girls little fingers go red.

  4. December 1, 2016 / 10:17 am

    This looks like a perfect list to me! Gingerbread lattes are the perfect winter drink, can’t get enough of them! Fingers crossed you get the winter weather you want!! X #sharingthebloglove

  5. December 1, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Winter is my favourite season too. It’s summer here in Australia now and I can’t cope with the heat. p.s. I need to get on to this gingerbread latte thing. I’ve seen them mentioned a few times now! #StayClassyMama

    • Winnettes
      December 1, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      They are the best thing ever! I could cope with the Australian summers, I can barely cope with the British ones 😉

  6. December 1, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Such a lovely winter bucket list, I bet cosy days with Christmas crafts are so nice!


    • Winnettes
      December 1, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      I love a cosy day, we are having one today X

  7. December 1, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    I love all the things you love about winter, the hot chocolate, scarfs and snuggling under a blanket. I adore Christmas and celebrate all of December. But, I am a summer girl at heart and I long for the warmer days. I just feel the cold so much and hate being cold. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

    • Winnettes
      December 2, 2016 / 3:50 pm

      This year I actually enjoyed the warmer weather but normally I’m a real grumpy if I get too warm 😂

  8. katy255
    December 2, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    My husband is like you – he loves nothing better than donning a thick woolly jumper and heading outside in the freezing cold. I do love Christmas, but I’m definitely a summer girl – once Christmas has been and gone I can’t get rid of winter quickly enough! Love your bucket list though – you can’t beat a gingerbread latte in my view! Thanks for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Winnettes
      December 2, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Gingerbread lattes are brilliant, I look forward to them all year x

  9. December 4, 2016 / 12:41 am

    This is a great winter to do list! I love it! I’m super pleased to have finally found someone that enjoys the cold as much as I do! Nothing like a hot drink, cozy blanket and a roaring fire! I too need to get my kids some winter crafts. Even though we aren’t covered in snow yet, it is a little too cold to venture out! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the future chill! #globalblogging

    • Winnettes
      December 4, 2016 / 1:00 pm

      Oh yay! Most people think I’m mad. Whenever me and Hubby go out he puts extra layers on in the winter because he knows I will just keep walking if its cold 😉 X

  10. I love Winter too! I’m loving this festive period so much! We too (for the first time) will be constructing a gingerbreadhouse this year – it will probably be a complete disaster lol #stayclassymama

    • Winnettes
      December 4, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      Planning is key and it will look amazing! Good luck with it X

  11. December 4, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    What a lovely list of things to do, I was actually at Hobbycraft today picking up Christmas crafty stuff! I know what you mean about loving the Winter. It’s so magical. Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam x

    • Winnettes
      December 5, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      I’m hoping to get there tomorrow if I have time. X

  12. December 7, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Oh my GOD I had to reread the title twice. I’m flying back to the UK (from Malta) this weekend and I can honestly say I’m petrified of the cold that is awaiting me! I don’t know how I lived in the UK for so long to be honest! I need your attitude! #stayclassymama

    • Winnettes
      December 7, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      HAHAHA! I know I’m crazy but I just love it. It has gone back above 10 degrees this week and I am not happy. I suspect that is of no consolation to you unfortunately as I know it isn’t actually warm (even though I think it is). I hope you have a good weekend and it isn’t too cold for you X

  13. littlepaperswans
    December 8, 2016 / 10:55 am

    What a lovely list! I’ve got a few things I would like to do. There’s a big Christmas fayre and I need to take my little girl to see Father Christmas for the first time.


    • Winnettes
      December 9, 2016 / 9:13 am

      I’m hoping to get to a local fair but things are getting so busy. Good luck with Santa, I always find it quite stressful but I like to try at least x

  14. December 8, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    As much as I hate the cold you are right- there is something very special about this time of year.


    • Winnettes
      December 9, 2016 / 9:11 am

      There definitely is! Thank you for reading X

  15. susielhawes
    December 8, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    I hate the cold!!! But i love Christmas. This is a nice list. Also add making a gingerbread house – it always seems like a great idea, but usually looks pretty crap! #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Winnettes
      December 9, 2016 / 9:11 am

      I think I am going to attempt the house next weekend…. I’m trying to remember to keep it simple, I have a habit of over complicating things x

  16. December 8, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Ooooh I love your list. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I love the idea of watching Christmas films – every year we watch It’s A Wonderful Life on the Saturday before Christmas and without fail I cry. Although I am definitely a summer girl, I can see some merit in the season 😉 #sharingthebloglove

    • Winnettes
      December 9, 2016 / 9:10 am

      I don’t know anyone that doesn’t cry at Its a wonderful life every time! I’m glad you enjoyed my list X

  17. December 8, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    The UK has great seasons. I can’t imagine living somewhere warm all the time. It would be weird. I’m with you in liking a good cold snap in winter. Hope you get through your bucket list 🙂

    • Winnettes
      December 9, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Thank you, I’m slowly working my way through it all. I’m hoping this slightly warm streak we are having (ie not under 10 degrees) goes away for Christmas 😉

  18. December 8, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    I do like the sound of an indoor festive picnic, I might have to get that sorted too 🙂 #SharingtheBlogLove

  19. December 11, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    I love the idea of making winter cocktails, maybe even a cocktail making class with a few friends! Also a donation to the RSPCA sounds like a fantastic idea to get out and do something good : ). Thanks for the ideas and sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    • Winnettes
      December 12, 2016 / 10:12 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, my mother in law gives to childrens charities every Christmas too X

  20. December 12, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Make Winter Cocktails? Yes please!!! What a great list, I might borrow it to make sure we cover some of this as well 🙂 #sharingthebloglove

    • Winnettes
      December 13, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Borrow away, I love the winter and have enjoyed ticking some of these off already x

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