Merry Christmas guys! It's finally here!
I hope you're all having a good one so far, or had a great xmas day yesterday if you live on the other side of the world. And for those of you who don't celebrate Christmas, happy Thursday!
I've put together a fun, light-hearted post today, since most of us will be too busy to spend much time online. It's a list of things that I associate with Christmas; things that happen every December and things it just wouldn't be Christmas without- good or bad.
♥ Putting the tree up as early as possible in December... but never before the 1st.
♥ Decorating the tree while listening to the album '100% Christmas'. (We've done so since '94!)
♥ Decorating the mantle with fir branches, pinecones, and other natural decorations.
♥ Getting sentimental over old Christmas decorations when we decorate the tree.
♥ Watching Santa Claus the Movie a million times.
♥ Screaming "IT'S CHRISTMAAAAASSSSS!!!" at least once. Don't pretend you've never done it!
♥ The Coca Cola Christmas advert.
♥ Attending my town's turning-on-of-the-lights event. (Although I've missed the last few years).
♥ Driving around to look for Christmas lights.
♥ Making my apple and blackberry trifle, and a cheesecake on Christmas Eve.
♥ Going to our annual Christmas Eve party at my Auntie's.
♥ Driving to and from the annual Christmas family gathering with a Christmas CD playing, while we watch out for Christmas lights.
♥ Going Christmas shopping and coming home with aches and pains everywhere, and bruised wrists from too many shopping bags.
♥ The smell of turkey and stuffing roasting in the oven on Xmas day.
♥ Being made to wrap up all of my Dad's presents to my Mum.
♥ Wanting to murder people in the supermarket during the Christmas food shop.
♥ Watching The Vicar of Dibley's 'Christmas Lunch Incident'.
♥ Wrapping presents beautifully while listening to festive tunes or watching a Christmas movie or two. Or three or four...
♥ The smell of real Christmas trees and fir branches.
♥ Listening to lots of festive tunes throughout the festive season.
♥ Baking on Christmas Eve.
♥ Laughing until my sides hurt during Christmas dinner.
♥ Indulging in a few Cadbury's Roses.
♥ Indulging in a hot chocolate or two from Costa.
♥ Making Christmas Crackers from a Hobbycraft kit and filling them with lovely treats.
♥ Buying Christmas cards from Paperchase. They make the best cards!
♥ Lush's Christmas range. I can barely remember a Christmas without it! I get some every year.
♥ Buying or receiving new PJs and slippers. An ideal ensemble for after eating way too much Christmas food!
♥ Watching the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. It never gets old! "Six months?!"
♥ Tills crashing on the busiest shopping days known to man.
♥ Wearing a paper crown and groaning at bad recycled jokes.
♥ The smiles on loved ones faces when they open the presents you got so right.
♥ Visiting a garden centre or department store to buy new decorations, and to soak up the festive atmosphere in the Christmas department.
♥ Fairy lights! Fairy lights make everything better. Fact.
♥ Watching Home Alone and Home Alone 2.
♥ Hearing the Home Alone theme tune.
♥ Spending dark December evenings crafting Christmassy things.
♥ Lots of Christmas movie marathons.
♥ Seeing a concert, play, musical, and / or pantomime at the theatre..
♥ Adding at least one new decoration to the collection.
♥ Watching a Tim Allen Christmas movie... whether you want to or not!
♥ Watching Love Actually at least once.
♥ Singing along to The Pogues.
♥ Having at least one young kid trying to Christmas carol door to door for money. Give them a quid, and tell them to bugger off!
♥ Having your life choices judged at every gathering. (Yeah, thanks, distant relative, I'm already aware that my life isn't perfect but it's MY life, and I'll live it however I damn well please.)
♥ Reading A Christmas Carol.
♥ At least one bust up between friends or relatives who can't stand each other.
♥ Sound tracking the season with festive music.
♥ Christmas shopping at the crack of dawn to avoid the crowds.
♥ Writing Christmas cards to people you've not said two words to in fifteen years.
♥ My Mum's sage and onion stuffing; she makes it with sausage-meat, and it's the best stuffing ever.
♥ Crying at Noel's Christmas Presents.
♥ Wearing Christmas jumpers at every opportunity.
♥ Drinking before midday.
♥ Food comas.
♥ Claiming you'll never ever eat anything again after eating way too much Christmas food..
♥ ...but still managing to eat cake or chocolate for breakfast on Boxing Day.
♥ Watching The Snowman on Christmas Eve. It always brings back a ton of memories of childhood Christmas Eve excitement.
♥ The John Lewis Christmas advert.
♥ Seeing the old Toys 'R' Us advert from the nineties.
♥ Playing board games on Christmas Day.
♥ Getting sellotape everywhere but on the right part of the wrapping paper.
♥ Wearing glitter nail polish at every opportunity.
♥ Wearing velvet, lace, sequins, and / or glitter to a Christmas party.
♥ The Body Shop's Cranberry range.
♥ Getting a new Christmas Dress to wear on Christmas Day.
♥ Watching Christmas With The Kranks, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, The Family Stone, Elf, Deck The Halls, The Holiday, A Christmas Carol, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, Meet Me in St Louis...
... I could keep listing for hours!
Merry Christmas everyone! Have a few drinks for me!