Sometimes, this time of year can be a bit overwhelming. Places to go, people to see – you know the drill. I love catching up with friends whilst they’re home for Christmas and as much as I love soaking up the festive atmosphere in the city centre I’m definitely the sort of person that needs a balance. As Christmas draws nearer (scarily fast, might I add) I’m finding myself craving cosy nights in with my nearest and dearest sitting by the fire enjoying a tipple or two. Baby, it’s cold outside, and all that jazz…
I adore nights in, where I can chill out in my pyjamas in the comfort of my own home surrounded by piles of fairy lights. There’s something so cosy about this time of year, with the fire burning, candles as far as the eye can see and plenty of good TV to get stuck into on these dark nights.
When planning the perfect cosy Christmas night in, there’s a lot to consider. Are you going it alone, or inviting your pals round for a chinwag over a cocktail or two? Personally, I like a bit of both. I relish in some alone time, where I can cosy up under a blanket and get lost in a good book, but I also adore a bit of company too – be that in the form of the cats or actual humans. As I’ve grown older and friends have moved away, Christmas has become a time for catching up whilst we’re actually in the same place again for once, which makes this time of year extra special.
The best thing about the festive season, though? The food and drink. Did you really expect anything less from me? I’m a pretty big cheese and chocolate fan all year round, but my consumption reaches new levels at Christmas time. There are too many treats – both sweet and savoury – on the shelves to ignore at this time of year. A cosy night in is the perfect excuse to stock up on some festive snacks, be that a huge box of Celebrations or a big wheel of cheese.
For an extra special cosy night in I like to go the extra mile and make some festive hot chocolates piled high with cream and marshmallows to indulge in whilst watching a good film on a Friday night. I love a tipsy hot chocolate, usually favouring a bit of Baileys or maybe some Malibu to spice things up a bit, but this year I discovered quite possibly the perfect festive addition to my drinks cabinet. I’m a rum fan as it is, but RumChata is honestly something else entirely. Cream liqueurs are a bit of a staple at Christmas time, but this delicious rum-based concoction with a sweet dose of vanilla and cinnamon works brilliantly in a White Russian, a CinEspresso Martini or even just on its own over ice.
To make my ultimate RumChata hot chocolate, simply melt some luxury hot chocolate buttons into hot milk, pour into your favourite glass, swirl in 2 x 25ml shots of RumChata and finish with as much whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles that you can handle.
Want to try a RumChata hot chocolate out for yourself? Luckily for you, I’ve got a competition running on my Twitter where you can win tickets to Edinburgh’s Christmas and two RumChata hot chocolates – check it out here!
Once you’ve got your sustenance sorted, it’s time for the fun to really begin. The perfect cosy Christmas night in can take many forms, be that a pamper night with the girls or sticking a cute film on and cosying up on the couch with the cats (or maybe Paddy…). The beauty of bringing the Christmas celebrations home is that you can do whatever you damn well please – and that’s what I’m all about. My own plans on my own terms, ideally in my pyjamas. Does it get any better than that?
Now that things are starting to wrap up ready for the heart of the festive season I can’t wait to make the most of these dark nights for some chilled-out evenings on the couch. Having worked in retail alongside studying, working freelance and running my blog for the past few years I very rarely take “proper” time off, especially at Christmas, but this year I’m determined to make a chance and actually take time to do something other than working. So, if you need me, I’ll be working my way through the entirety of Netflix’s Christmas collection with a hot chocolate in hand and a huge tub of chocolates at my feet.
- Giveaway runs from 8th December 2017 and closes at 11:59 on 11th December 2017. Winner will be announced at 8pm on 12th December 2017.
- Competition only open to participants ages 18 or over.
- Competition winners will be chosen by myself.
- Competition winners will be contacted by myself within 2 working days after the competition has ended.
- Winner’s name and contact details including full name, email address and contact telephone number will be taken from me and passed onto the promoter for the issuance of tickets.
- Winner will receive a confirmation email from the promoter which must be printed and presented at the Edinburgh’s Christmas Box office located on Junction of Castle Street and George Street, Edinburgh, along with proof of ID, showing that he/she is 18 years or over
- Tickets and voucher valid from 17 Nov – 24 Dec 2017 and must be redeemed during this timeframe.
- This competition will issue a maximum of 1 competition prize, consisting of x2 tickets to either Shark in the Park, La Clique Noel or any of the attractions listed here at Edinburgh’s Christmas (subject to availability) and x2 complementary RumChata hot chocolates from the RumChata bar on George Street beside the light sculpture, just off the corner of Castle Street and George Street. (Please note, that proof of age may be required by bar staff upon redemption)
- This promotion has been issued by Whyte & Mackay.
- There are no costs associated with entering this competition.
- Please note travel to and from Edinburgh’s Christmas is NOT included.
Post produced in collaboration with RumChata – read my full disclaimer here.