Had a couple of conversations with people recently where they said that they ‘hated Christmas’ and all of the planning and work that it involved. Took me by surprise completely as I just assumed that everyone else loves it just as much as we do. I suspect that they don’t actually hate it just find it a bit stressful and busy but even so!
Christmas has always been, and will always be, the most magical wonderful time of the year and I refuse to let anyone tell me any different. It doesn’t matter how much organising you need to do or how much ‘stress’ is involved, it is all totally worthwhile.
What’s so good about Christmas?
That’s a tough one. Everything is good about Christmas so where do I start? What exactly is it about Christmas that I especially like? I think it’s the general feeling of optimism and positivity you feel from most people, buying gifts for others, thinking about family and friends, socialising more.
I know they always start far too early and that you end up seeing the same adverts over and over again but I have to admit that I seriously like Christmas Ads. They are soppy and schmalzy but they get us into the festive spirit. Not a huge fan of the John Lewis ones (too deep and serious for me) but love the ‘holidays are coming‘ ones particularly.
You can’t beat a classic Christmas film and we have already watched my two top festive movies this year, ‘Love Actually‘ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life‘. Seen them so many times but never ever get tired of them at this time of year. So many great Christmas movies to watch and they can’t be too cheesy or too romantic! Everything goes. Watched ‘The Nativity‘ last night for the first time, lovely little film.
Oh, and just to be clear, ‘Die Hard‘ is definitely NOT a Christmas film. If Bruce Willis says it’s not then that confirms it (and he does).
We try and delay listening to any Christmas music until December 1st but from then on we can’t get enough of it. It’s the familiarity and tradition of hearing the same songs year after year that evoke memories of happy times and great Christmases of the past. I don’t care if they are played to death in supermarkets and coffee shops and on the radio.
It’s difficult to say what my favourite festive track is though as it changes from day to day. Anything from ‘Last Christmas’ to “The Power of Love‘ to ‘Fairytale of New York‘ but probably Chris Rea’s classic ‘Driving Home for Christmas‘ takes the biscuit as it reminds us of so many trips picking up our sons from Uni and going to family do’s. Oh, and it’s a classic scene in Gavin and Stacey!
I know you all hate the crowds and the hassle of choosing presents and trudging around the shops but I have always loved Christmas shopping. Just choosing gifts and stockings fillers from multiple stores for our family and friends gives me a warm feeling inside. My biggest problem is knowing when to stop!
It’s all so much easier with online shopping now but that just isn’t the same so we’ve spent as much as ever this year in Christmas shops trying not to buy everything!
All those purchases have to be wrapped don’t they? And with the number of gifts we buy that can be a huge task. Sometimes when our boys were small there were SO many presents under the tree that we could hardly get in the front room! Brilliant. Took all day for us to open them.
So wrapping is fun isn’t it? Jo is so good at it, her gifts look classy and artistic whereas mine look like an 8 year old has done them. Bad folds, too much sellotape, creased paper,. Who cares though? It’s the thought that counts and I love doing it.
Christmas Food and Drink
Who can argue with this one? It may not be healthy and we may consume far too much of it but surely that’s all part of the festivities isn’t it? Forget your waistline for a week or so and worry about that on January 2nd, Christmas food is the best. And we absolutely love a buffet in our family.
Favourite Christmas food – Prawn vol-u-vents and Pork Pies.
As for drink ….. well we don’t go crazy but when we are all together it seems to flow a bit quicker and we are only being sociable of course!
Favourite Christmas drinks – Peach Schnapps and Cherry Brandy.
So I guess you’ve figured it out by now that there isn’t much that I don;t like about Christmas. Perhaps the adverts start too early, or the shops get a little crazy, but that’s all fine. It just gets you into the Christmas spirit.
I have always told my boys that Christmas is not just the 25th, it is the whole season. We enjoy Christmastime and for us it lasts right through to New Year. And it’s not about gifts or food really, it is all about friends and family and getting together.
If restrictions allow, and I’m not going to mention the C-word, then we will be spending a few days with all three of our boys and our two girls. And we seriously cannot wait!