Itâ€™s mid-September and Iâ€™ve just been to the shopping centre on my lunch break. Much to my complete delight, and probably everyone elseâ€™s horror, Iâ€™ve seen my first Christmas product on display. A Cadburyâ€™s Selection Box. Two minutes later I saw Christmas cards for sale in Marks and Spencer.
I love Christmas. Without a doubt itâ€™s my favourite time of year. Most people moan about how depressing it is to see Christmas window displays in October, or when they do a Countdown to Christmas on the Breakfast News, but I relish all of this. Iâ€™m certainly no Grinch!
Itâ€™s not because I had bad Christmasâ€™s as a child, in fact I had great ones. One of my favourite presents when I was a little â€˜un was a Mr Frosty (come on now, you all remember the theme tune), and my best memory is my Grandma and my Great Aunt arguing over who had the best Christmas season coverage â€“ ITV or BBC.
My love of Christmas has stayed with me all these years and I delight in every part of it.
Christmas day was always spent at my Mom and Dadâ€™s, usually with my Grandma too. My sister and I would usually get a couple of the same gifts as kids, just to make it fair. My Mom would be moaning that the food was taking ages to cook because everyone was using their oven at the same time, and the Queens Speech was an absolute must.
Last Christmas was mine and Taffyâ€™s first in our new home, so we really made the effort with decorating. The tree went up on 1st December (much to Taffyâ€™s annoyance) and tinsel covered most other available surfaces. It was weird not waking up at â€˜homeâ€™, but we moved the tree and presents into our room on Christmas Eve, so the next morning felt really festive.
Christmas is split between both our families. Mine on Christmas Day, and Taffyâ€™s on Boxing Day. This is what I love about Christmas. I know it sounds cheesy, but being around family and having fun is what itâ€™s all about to me. Giving someone a present you know theyâ€™re going to love and seeing how happy it makes them.
Everywhere has a totally different feel about it when Christmas comes around. So personally, Iâ€™m crossing off the days on my calendar until the big day arrives, and hereâ€™s hoping Iâ€™m the first person to wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂
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