December 1, 2010 HELLO Christmas.
OH I am suddenly so excited about Christmas. It is just round the corner! It really is! I don’t care that it starts so early and frankly I think the people who complain about that are Scrooges. I was talking to one of my flatmates today who doesn’t look forward to Christmas at all, in fact he finds it a real chore. But I love it. Okay, it is too commercialised, yes, but that side of Christmas really is the least important. Most of the best things you can partake of through the whole of December – and January if you’re really nifty. So.
THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT ABOUT CHRISTMAS, IN CASE YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN.
– Food. Goose fat roast potatoes, hot chestnuts, lebkuchen, mulled wine, turkey soup, the excuse to get fat and blame it on instinctive hibernation. Win.
– Decorating the house. And the tree. With the old Christmas record turned up so that the whole house shakes when ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ comes on.
– Christmas walks. When the frost freezes your nose off and the light is slanty and yellow and the ground is crunchy. Especially brilliant when the whole family joins in the trek.
– Finding gifts. Whether the plan is to splash out, using your hard earned cash to buy the present you can’t afford not to give, or whether you’re all skint and decide to do Secret Santa (yep, that’s us this year), finding the perfect presents for your favourite people is fun.
– Christmas TV. Enough said. It’s brilliant.
– Carols, as many as possible, and sung at the top of your lungs. Attempt the descant for the giggles. Sing them on the high street. Sing them round the piano. Sing them everywhere!
– Church on Christmas morning. My favourite part of the day. We all pile into the car and drive out to a little freezing chapel where we have yet more carols and some readings and my dad plays a wheezy organ, and then the whole church goes back to the elder’s house for mince pies and chats. It’s absolutely imperative for me to concentrate at least for a few hours on the real point of Christmas.
– The Queen’s speech. Yes, she is a complete legend, in case you hadn’t noticed.
– Christmas books. Those hardback Christmas/fairy stories that you must put out on the living room coffee table for perusal in the days leading up to Christmas.
– FATHER CHRISTMAS. He’s a dude. And he loves sherry, and writes really amazing letters after a glass of the stuff. Invest some time in writing a letter and drop a few hints that you’ve put it on the mantelpiece. Rudolph too, don’t forget him, leave him a carrot or an apple or something.
– Christmas parcels. We send them to a family in Sibera. But Operation Christmas Child is great to do.
– Crackers. As many as possible, and if you don’t wear the hats and tell the jokes then you’re not doing it properly.
– Your family. You can’t help but love them, even if they drive you up the wall. It’s brilliant to spend a day with them all.
AND THERE’S MORE THAT I CAN’T THINK OF RIGHT NOW. So get excited chums.