Even though my children are now 15 and my wife and I are over 21 there's still that warm feeling and sense of anticipation when I venture up into the freezing loft to get down all the Christmas decs – do we really have that many?!! You can almost hear the roof timbers sigh as the incredible weight is lifted from them and I swear that loft ladder gets longer every year!
It's also true that the magic does glow just a little less as the kids get older but – let's face it, Christmas is what you make it and we as a family still very much look forward to it, even Toby!
He struts around dodging the huge boxes of decorations – he can sense our excitement, even if we don't admit to it – dogs can do that with their eyes shut! He also never lets us out of his sight as I'm sure he thinks we are moving house and he's certainly not getting left behind.
Last year my wife attempted to 'cull' some of the old decs – you'd have thought she suggested selling Toby, if Alex and Jack's reaction were anything to go by. That might be a tad over-stating the point (I do that sort of thing, for dramatic or comedic effect – you may have noticed?) but they were certainly not happy, after several minutes negotiation, which would have put the United Nations to shame (oops, there I go again!) we agreed that the really old and less sentimental items that had literally fallen apart could go.
This didn’t really make any difference, as we only replaced them with even more! Perhaps the kids too are aware of the waning magic and are trying to re-kindle the excitement of a Christmas past – perhaps we all do that to a lesser or greater extent. This is getting too serious!
Christmas is about fun, happiness, celebration, love and kindness, a time to pause, a time to take stock of how lucky many of us are. As well as Christians celebrating and remembering the Nativity, many other folks from differing religions in the UK also seem to enjoy the general feel-good season of Christmas – I like that. And just to get you in the mood for a nostalgic Christmas, take a look at the pic of me and my brother Darren, circa 1964!
As Ma and Gail noticed in their comments on my last blog, I am on-air on Wednesday with fellow 'Silver Fox' Graham and Clogau Gold, then I'm joining the girls from Liz Earle, and then spending an hour in the company of a glamorous 'Loose Woman'! As you've probably seen on our promo's Andrea McLean has designed a fab range of Diamonique for you lucky lot!
Thursday I have an hour of Northern Nights followed by a 2-hour 'Diamond Spectacular' with Laurie Wickwire.
A big heads up also for jewellery lovers on Friday - I'm with the celebrated and talented Nikki Gewirtz and Lola Rose, then I re-launch a fabulous Today’s Special Value. We usually only feature TSV's once, but every now and then we under estimate an item's popularity and it sells out too quickly and many are left disappointed - we were able to get another chance to bring you the stunning Entice Haematite and Crystal Friendship Bracelet with new colour options and an amazing Buy More Save More offer to boot! So please join myself and Jill at midnight Friday into Saturday this week!
Feel free to comment on your Christmas plans or memories of a Christmas past in the comments section.
Thanks for reading and watching and take care,