I’m a big list fan, if you don’t know that by now then you’ve not really been paying attention have you? When the going gets tough, the tough write lists.
There’s lots of lists in my life right now, present lists, card lists, blog post lists, Fuckit Lists, things to do, my day book at work. Oh. This is a list of lists!
Anyway, I’ve been reading lots of ‘things I hate about Christmas’ lists too. So here’s my antidote to that … Things I love about Christmas…
1. The build up ~ from the moment the first Christmas ad appears on TV it starts. Admittedly this year it felt a bit early, but it doesn’t mean you have to start panic buying in October. Unless you want to of course. No, to me it means time to start wondering what sort of gifts I might get people and when we will see them, what I will wear etc. Some years it has meant I start buying bits and pieces to spread the cost; years when there were little people involved!
2. Fairy lights ~ everything looks better by the light of fairy lights (except those bloody blue things, what’s that all about?). They hide cracks and wrinkles and dust. What’s not to love?
3. Shopping ~ one of the only legitimate times of the year to go wandering aimlessly round the shops for hours. Of course, this is ok so long as you buy what you went for and not everything you see (Lindsey B!)
4. The food ~ Christmas used to be the only time I cooked a roast from scratch but it’s the only part of Christmas eating I don’t like. I’m not a fan of roasts, they take ages to prepare and by that point I’m fed up with them. This year MrS is in charge of the kitchen and I won’t miss it at all. No, the food to which I’m referring is the leftovers, the sandwiches, the bubble and squeak, the gravlax, the chocolates, mince pies, the cheese, pate, bread and sausage rolls. Just thinking about it makes me put on 5lb
5. The music ~ Love. It. All. From The Messiah and The Shepherds Farewell by Berlioz to All I want for Christmas and of course, Fairytale of New York. I do hate Slade tho. Sorry.
6. The love ~ stories abound of restaurants and individuals opening their doors to the homeless and lonely and less fortunate, coat and slipper donations. To paraphrase Mr Dickens, we should “honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year”
7. That five minutes of peace and quiet on Christmas Day ~ don’t get it? Make sure you do. Even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom to do it. Admittedly this is easier if you don’t have children waking you up at 5am; as mine got slightly older I would drink my cup of tea under the tree before everyone got up and anticipate the excitement to come. Then, later in the day after they’ve gone to bed and everyone has gone, do it again and appreciate all that has happened and how happy everyone has been all day. (Mostly happy, we all know there will bickering and a tantrum at some point).
8. No work ~ Not going to work from Christmas Day til 5 January. Nuff said.
9. Packing it away when it’s all over ~ by New Year’s Eve I’m ready to pack it all away and look forward. Look forward to what the next year will bring. And another list of course, New Years resolutions.
I wish all my readers and friends a very happy, peaceful and loving Christmas and I will be thinking of those for whom it won’t be.