So Christmas is upon us.. Less than 24 hours to go until Santa will be climbing down your chimney and eating your mince pies and a glass of red wine or sherry that you have left out for him – depending very much on which your parents had a preference for 😉 It always made me wary to go to sleep, because as much as I loved Santa, the thought of a stranger climbing in to our house down the chimney whilst we slept, was a little bit unnerving to say the least, but apparently Santa is no danger! Good Job really!!
Christmas Day in our house kinda goes like this:
8am – Mum wakes us up even if we have been out till late on Christmas Eve;
8.30am – if we are still not out of bed, we are told to get out of bed as we are ruining her Christmas morning! – To be fair she only said it one year – but actually it’s everyone’s Christmas morning and I’ll do as I please ( I remember that being my retort!)
8.35 – Downstairs in PJ’s opening Pressies with a glass of Bucks Fizz (Christmas Day you can drink alcohol from whatever time apparently!!
9am – Big Christmas Breakfast, mainly a fry up and more bucks fizz!
10 – 3pm – lounge around watching Christmas TV, while mum has carols on in the kitchen making Sausage Rolls and Mince pies, that get stolen and eaten everytime we enter the Kitchen
3.30pm – Christmas Dinner is meant to be served, but as it’s taken longer to make Sausage rolls and mince pies it’s more like 4pm that Dinner is started – again Champagne and wine are flowing.
5.30 onwards – more mince pies, perhaps some board games and general festivities along with a re-run of watching Titanic – soppy I know – or some other movie that the BBC decide to show for the millionth time.
And then as and when you feel ready to go back to bed, you do, with a lovely Amarula Hot Chocolate!! #Bliss!
I’m not sure if that resembles your Christmas Day in any way, I am sure there are variances across the country, but always strikes me is how much fun and quality time is spent with Family and Loved ones over Christmas, and then after Boxing Day it reverts back to the normal busy, no time for family and friends daily grind that we see so often in society today – Oh and the mad crazy rush for all the Boxing Day sales that seem to run right through until Mid January.
I guess what I am trying to get across here is that… Life is short, especially in this day and age with wars and terrorism throughout the world, Global warming ruining our planet – and chance of a White Christmas (I have always wanted one of those) So rather than spend frivolously, why not really think about what presents to get – It’s the thought that actually counts, not how much it cost! Make sure that you spend time with loved ones and family not just on Christmas Day but every day of the year, try not to have arguments over the festive season – granted it’s going to be tough as you are in close proximity of all family for a good few days, but is that argument really necessary, and if so always try to have it resolved before going to bed – I was always told it’s never good to go to sleep on an argument! But seriously, life is too short, make sure that you live it your way and have fun everyday. A film that is my dad’s favourite film (and always his go to film to watch when he’s had some wine!) is called “About Time” look it up but it’s about Time Travel, and the one thing I would do if i had the ability to time travel would be to live every day twice – the first time as it would play out with all the worries and uncertainty, and then live that day again straight away, knowing what the outcome is, but being able to relax and look for the beauty that gets missed the first time round!
Remember that over this festive season! I know I for one will definitely be taking a few time outs over Christmas and New Year to truly appreciate everything around me, friends, family and the beauty that is Nature!
Merry Christmas everyone, and have a fabulous New Year, from all of us at Great Elm Bookkeepers! See you in 2017!