Now that we are finally in December and the countdown to Christmas Day is well under way, I thought it would be fun to share with you my favourite elements of the Christmas period.
So, sit down, grab yourself a hot chocolate and a cheeky mince pie as I share with you five reasons why I love Christmas.
Number One: The Food
It’s got to be one of the best things about Christmas, let’s be honest. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t consume at least 10,000 calories on Christmas Day I feel as though I have done myself an injustice. In my family, there is no real structure of when to eat the chocolates or biscuits. However, we usually open either a box of chocolates or biscuits before the big day as a “tester” – just to see if they all still taste the same. At this point, it’s just become a Parkinson tradition!
This aside, Christmas Day is about consuming as much as you want and not giving a damn about calories. I’m talking chocolate for breakfast among other festive goodies, a huge Christmas dinner with as many roast potatoes as you can consume, chocolate after and maybe some sausage rolls or left-overs for tea!
I’m happy to report that this man v food experience does carry on into Boxing Day… oops
Afterall, life is to damn short to say no to food on the best of days, let alone Christmas!
Number Two – The TV
After you’ve consumed your body-weight in Christmas dinner, it’s time for TV! And oh boy, what a year this promises to be. Not only will the usual Christmas films such as the Polar Express, The Snowman and probably The Grinch be on the TV, but there is a Gavin & Stacey Christmas Day special which I CANNOT wait for. Oh my Christ, I honestly have so many unanswered questions from the previous series.
I suppose no Christmas is complete without sitting down, so full of turkey you might as well be clucking, to lose yourself in whatever film is on the TV or what you might’ve got as a present, accompanied by the gentle crackling of the fire.
There’s something so idyllic about that and I think that’s why I love Christmas so much. For me, there’s no other time quite like it in the calendar.
Number 3 – Presents
Ah, the absolute centre piece of any Christmas Day! I am proud to say that at the grand old age of 19, I still bolt down the stairs in my pyjamas after opening the presents in my stocking to find out what is under the Christmas tree.
In our family, my Mum & Dad usually venture downstairs first whilst my sister and I wait at the top of the stairs, full of excitement like children.
However, it’s not so much the presents that make this aspect of the day so special for me. Sure, they are amazing, but seeing people’s reactions is always heart-warming. And yes, this does include the cat. Poor old Sidney, who is now fondly known as ‘Three Fang Fatty’ in our family following a recent trip to the dentist, always kicks Christmas off on a high after he gets to unwrap a catnip mouse… safe to say it knocks him out for an hour or so after!
I will be the first to admit that I always have that nagging voice of doubt in the back of my mind saying: “what if they hate it?” whenever I watch people open the presents I’ve got them, but I suppose it’s just part of wanting to make everybody happy.
Number 4 – Music
It’s fair to say that no Christmas is complete without a season-appropriate playlist. I’m talking some of the absolute classics, including ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ by Slade, Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas Time’ and the classic ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues. You just can’t beat a good playlist to boost the mood.
I don’t really think there’s a tradition for Christmas Day in my family music-wise, I suppose it’s just whatever comes on the radio if we are on our way to the horses or sitting down over the table for a slap-up Christmas dinner.
However, I can say for certain that after 11 months of silence and a few days defrosting, Michael Bublé usually makes an appearance.
I do realise that for someone my age these music choices aren’t exactly very contemporary, but sometimes the classics are the best.
Number 5 – Family (pets included)
I don’t think Christmas is complete unless myself, my sister and my Mum go to the yard to see the horses. Unfortunately, the Christmas attire doesn’t normally make an appearance, because apparently a mud and snot covered Christmas jumper isn’t in fashion! If you’ve got a horse like Annabelle who is very nosey and likes to make sure she hasn’t missed out on any snacks, you’ll know the struggle to keep your non-horsey clothes clean if you wear them to the yard!
This drama aside, Christmas is all about family. Spending time with those you love and having a day of no worries about university, school, work or whatever might be on your mind is priceless. For me, there is nothing better than spending it at home with my family: something that I wouldn’t change for the world.
Just to say…
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and all the others from 2019. This is my last blog of 2019. I hope you will tune in next year for more.
Thank you all so much for your support this year, it really does mean a lot to me. I’ve always wanted to write a blog, and starting one at the beginning of this year was absolutely terrifying. I couldn’t of done it without your support, so thank you for allowing me to follow my passion.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.