I absolutely love getting in the festive spirit, but along with probably a huge percentage of people reading this I do still have to work over Christmas. I'm lucky enough to never have to work on Christmas Day itself, but news doesn't stop over Christmas so neither do I. Work doesn't stop me feeling festive though and here are some of the ways I keep it up! Deramores sent me this lovely Christmas hamper* last week to help me get in a festive mood and it's definitely been helping! Here are some of my little ways to stay festive when you have to work over Christmas:
Pop on a bit of red lipstick. I don't know about anyone else but popping on a bit of red lippy instantly makes me feel more festive and just generally in a better mood! Who cares if anyone thinks red lipstick is too much at work? It's Christmas!
Swap your after work cocktail for some mulled wine. Or swap whatever you usually drink for mulled wine. Whenever I have it I wonder why I ever drink red wine that isn't hot and spiced.
Amp up the sparkle. I'm very cautious of glitter, but at Christmas I love to pile on the highlighter and sparkly eyeshadow. This No7 Glamourous Nudes Palette* that came in my hamper is perfect for me because it's got just the right amount of subtle sparkle and look how pretty!
Get some festive tunes on. Anyone who doesn't like Christmas music must be lying surely? Personally I'm a Michael Buble Christmas album fan because it makes me feel like I'm getting all the cheese but with a touch of class (ha). Whether you're allowed to listen to music at work or if you just jam on your way in get your fix somehow!
If you have an evening off, make it a cosy one! I feel like I've been banging on far too much about cosy evenings on this blog recently, but I can't get enough of them! Make the most of the time you do have at home. Light some candles (Yankee Christmas ones are my ultimate fave like this Sparkling Snow* one) and snuggle down on the sofa in front of the telly.
Do more tea rounds. And then bring back mulled wine instead. I'm joking, just bring back tea because that makes everyone happier and a happy workplace is a better place to be at Christmas.
Have a festive bath. Not at work, obvs. Run yourself a nice bath when you get home and have a bit of a pamper. There's nothing better than a Lush Christmas bath bomb to keep you in the mood is there? I also got some lovely Champneys* and Bayliss and Harding* goodies that I'll be adding to my bath this weekend.
Wear all the knitwear. I love nothing more than a big jumper at this time of year and luckily I don't have a work uniform or any dress rules (I think they MIGHT draw the line at dressing gown though unfortunately).
Spread some festive cheer and take treats to work. Says she who's only done that once this year. But yeah, preferably mince pies or a big tub of festive chocolates. Better still, if someone else has brought treats in, eat them.
Get in those Christmas pyjamas as soon as you're home. Mine are subtle, but still red. I also love wearing huge socks around the house at this time of year (because hey circulation where did you go?) so these totes* are just perfect, plus they're actually fleece lined which is the cosiest thing ever.
Make the most of your time off. See your family. See your friends. Do things you enjoy. Your house can be cleaned in the new year.
How do you stay festive while you still have to work?
This post includes some complimentary products sent to me, but all opinions and feelings of festivity are my own.