Wow, it’s getting close now isn’t it? By IT, of course, I mean Christmas. When we were discussing Christmas here at QVC, the topic of the best and “strangest” Christmas presents we’ve ever received came up, so I thought I would share mine with you – and I’d love to hear your best and strangest too, so please leave me a comment at the end of this blog!
The strangest gift is one that has become legendary in my family home – there’s rarely a Christmas when one of my sisters doesn’t remark “remember when we all got the giant pants?” and we all fall about laughing.
Because that’s exactly what we got, all five of us sisters, one year. I won’t say who gave them to us, but we all excitedly ripped off the wrapping paper to find identical pairs of ENORMOUS knickers. Seriously – Bridget Jones wouldn’t get a look in. They were the biggest pants I have ever seen – the waistband practically came up to our chins! You could have fitted at least two of us into each pair. I can’t remember what became of them, but we certainly never wore them. A lovely thought – underwear is generally a very welcome gift – but I’m not sure what went wrong with the sizing there! It’s a gift that’s definitely brought us much joy over the years though, so maybe a good one after all, eh?
When it came to trying to think of my best ever Christmas gift, I’ve struggled. I’ve had lovely things over the years – jewellery, handbags, clothes. But if I’m really honest, for me the best gift I can get at Christmas is being with my loved ones. That sounds really soppy, but I’m afraid it’s true. As time goes on, I appreciate my family and friends more and more. The vast majority of my huge family live in Ireland, so I don’t get to see them nearly often enough.
But every second Christmas lots of us get together, and those are the very best years, when we spend days just laughing. Last year we had a Christmas jumper theme (see the photo – what a super stylish lot we are!) and that kicked things off beautifully.
This year, I’ll be working most of Christmas so it will just be me and my hubby in a hotel near work, which will of course be absolutely lovely. Then hopefully next year it will be a big get-together again, both families joining forces for the festive celebrations. In the past few years I’ve lost my sister and three very close friends, and memories of Christmases spent with them are still so precious. Who knows what tomorrow will bring – time with loved ones truly is the best gift ever.
I hope your Christmas preparations are going well… and if you don’t celebrate it, hope your December is a good one!
Love Jackie xx