Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year. So much so that the dust is blown off my decoration box before December even starts and my home is transformed into my own version of a winter wonderland. As a little lad I always wanted Christmas to last forever and I still feel that way as an adult. I’ll never really stop being a kid and that’s why I still love playing with toys (albeit ‘grown-up’ tech toys these days).
I’m quite a ‘preparer’ so my arrangements for the festive period start pretty early. I’m a HUGE fan of online shopping so I’m regularly tapping the app and have usually got all of my gift shopping done by early December (much to the annoyance of my friends!). This is also true of my groceries so I can avoid being poked in the eye by a box of mince pies during the December supermarket stampedes.
Christmas is always such a wonderful time to meet up with family and friends, so I like to get as much as I can out of the way nice and early so I can set some time aside for a few laughs and festive sherries.
Christmas is usually a family affair for me and this year is no exception. My lovely mum will be coming up a few days before the big day so we can pop to the theatre and head out for a bit of posh nosh, then my sister and her family will be joining us on the 25th where I will be providing the traditional wheelbarrow of food! Thankfully I LOVE cooking so it’s a completed joy to provide a slap-up lunch and everything that goes with it. Even setting the table is a night-before activity so everything is perfect for the actual day.
I expect Christmas Day evening to be the usual; overdosing on Quality Street and some Christmas telly then collapsing into a heap after a few sessions of karaoke on the PlayStation. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
The festive season will always be special to me and growing up with such happy memories makes me want to create more of them as the years go by. Everyone has a different take on Christmas, but to me it’s a time of year where we’re able to take a little time out, relax and remember how lovely it is to be surrounded by the people that we love and make us happy. That’s what Christmas really means to me… although the odd cocktail along the way is also an added bonus!
Wherever you are and whatever you get up to over Christmas, I hope yours is as happy and memorable as it can be. Oh, and if Santa gets you a tech toy, I hope you have a serious amount of fun with it!
Happy Christmas and a wonderful new year to you – Lee xxx