Things That Start To Happen When The Central Heating Comes Back On

Our central heating kicked in over the weekend and it got me thinking about the things that start to happen when the nights are drawing in and there’s a chill in the air.

Is it too early to start my Christmas shopping yet? I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy the last three months of the year. There’s Halloween, Bonfire Night, cosy nights in front of the television watching Strictly Come Dancing and the first signs of Christmas are already being emailed to me as well as showing signs of appearing in the shops.

Autumn leaves on a path
Autumn leaves. My favourite time of the year.

I always plan to start my Christmas shopping early. I do the same thing every year. The moment the central heating comes on for the first time after the autumn equinox, I tell myself I’m going to sit down and write a gift list and start asking family and friends what they want for Christmas.

Of course, it doesn’t help when my sister-in-law flatly refuses to tell me what she wants for Christmas because she’s not even going to start thinking about Christmas until December 1st! Blimey, by then I will already have got myself an advent calendar and will have eaten the first of the 24 chocolates behind those doors. I did buy her an advent calendar one year, but she ended up giving it away to a five-year-old. Maybe the chocolates inside weren’t to her taste, but I could have sworn they were her favourite. Then again, maybe it was because I gave her the calendar in October?

I’ve also sorted out the coat rack. Gone are the light coloured summer jackets and in are the warm snuggly woollens and waterproofs. Along with my wide-brimmed hat, which stops the sun burning my pale complexion, my shorts and milk bottle coloured legs have been put away for another nine months. I’ve also replaced most of the bottles of sunscreen with various cures for colds, coughs and flu, although left one bottle out in the hope that we’ll have lots of cold sunny days this winter. Yes, I even burn in the winter.

Holly bush
Holly. My favourite plant.

I got quite excited at seeing my winter clothes again. It was like opening the front door to a bunch of long lost friends. I even cuddled one of my winter jumpers (the one with the reindeer and snowflakes) and whispered to it ‘soon, very soon.’

My socks have also made their first appearance for five months, now that I’m back to wearing long trousers. I caught a brief glimpse of last year’s Christmas socks, but it’s not quite time to bring them out just yet. No, they’ll have to wait at least another week!

Last night, for pudding, we had apple and blackberry pie with custard. For me, this is a sure sign that the central heating has come back on. Gone are the bowls of healthy fruit salads, ice cream or the ‘no pudding for me, thank you’ and in comes the jam roly poly, spotted dick, treacle sponge, all served with lashings and lashings of hot custard. Can you guess what my favourite pudding is? It’s not one that I’ve mentioned.

Emma Bridgewater Holly Teapot
My Emma Bridgewater Holly Teapot. It’s quite rare which means it stays on display all year!

What happens in your house when the central heating comes back on? Will anyone admit to already having finished their Christmas shopping?

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  1. Hugh, this is a wonderful celebration of Autumn and the winter to come! Our central heating was on now and then during the cold summer days (I’m a softie!) but now it’s chugging non-stop and I’m still cold wrapped up in a fleece. Our winter coats made their first appearance last weekend – so snug and the summer outside cushions are safely packed away in the loft. Hats, gloves and scarves also ready for use (I’m off to Sweden next week where I’ll definitely need them as it’s considerably colder!). Yeah, someone else who enjoys early Xmas shopping and each year I’m given at least two advent calendars – one of which is chocolate! I do open on the actual days though. Loved the photo and I’m ready to don my wellies and go leaf kicking – nothing quite so liberating!

    1. Thank you, Annika. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of Autumn and cosy evenings. The late afternoon light at this time of year brings me up in goosebumps. Strange, I know, but it always has.

      I expect Sweden to be far colder, so you’ll need plenty of layers. And yes, I only ever open one window a day on all my advent calendars. I seem to get quite a few given to me and usually end up buying one for myself. Oh, and did I mention the advent candle? 😃 No? I should have done.

      Have a wonderful time in Sweden.

    1. You won’t believe just how big that teapot is. I won it on eBay (thinking it was a standard size teapot) and got quite a shock when it arrived. However, the good thing is that it’s become a collector’s item.

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