Some random thoughts about Christmas

Here are some random thoughts I had about Christmas while I was swimming this morning. Why anyone else would want to read them, I don’t know, but here goes anyway.

  1. Christmas is hard. There’s so much pressure to have a good time, get along with everyone and generally be merry, that if for whatever reason you’re not, you feel as though you’re missing out or ruining the ‘best time of the year.’ But really, it’s okay not to enjoy every single moment of Christmas. 
  2. The best thing about Christmas is the traditions. We just have so many. For example, the wooden wise men from our Nativity set are currently making the epic journey from the East (the lounge) to Bethlehem (the kitchen) to see the baby Jesus, who will miraculously appear in the manger on Christmas morning. It’s truly amazing.
  3. Giving presents is better than receiving them. I probably wouldn’t have said that a couple of years ago, but now that I no longer get exciting toys or gadgets for Christmas, I’m really looking forward to seeing if my family are actually going to keep the things I’ve bought them. That counts as a success, right?
  4. Nut roast is better than turkey. Yep.
  5.  The January Blues are a real thing. After NYE (which, btw, is overrated), it suddenly feels as though there’s nothing to look forward to. How to get through January? Book a holiday and drink lots of coffee, I reckon. 
  6. Christmas Day is a bit weird. Personally, I find that the build up to Christmas is always more fun that the actual day itself. (See random thought 1.)
  7. Tree presents are a great way to end Christmas Day. Do a secret Santa amongst the people you’re spending Christmas with and then each spend £5/£10 on a little present you can wrap up and stick in the Christmas tree. Then they’re the last presents you all open together on the 25th. 
  8. You’re never too old to leave sherry, a mince pie and a carrot by the fire for Father Christmas and his reindeer.
  9. On a similar note, you’re also never too old for stockings. In my humble opinion, they are the best thing ever. I just love all that random stuff I will probably never use but is so exciting to open.
  10. Remember all the people who are alone, unwell, or in hospital at Christmas. Christmas is even harder because everyone else looks like they’re having a great time, especially on social media. 
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