I’m watching Elf while I write this. Well I started to write this, then I ended up just watching Elf. So now I’m writing this with Elf quotes and Christmas music in my head.
‘I am a cotton-headed ninny-muggins’
If only I could craft as quickly as Buddy!
I do love a Christmas film, even the cheesy ones sometimes. This festive season I’ve discovered one Christmas film about a psychic magical advent calendar, another about an alternate world within a snowglobe, both equally predictable and brilliantly rubbish.
As you know my favourite part of the festive season is the run up, I enjoy the prep and suspense of Christmas Day nearing. So basically that means the best is nearly done.
There are however some things I’m looking forward to this Christmas Day, and here are 5 of them…
CHRISTMAS AT MY SISTERS
This Christmas Day is going to be quite a different one for me, location wise. This will be my first Christmas Day in as long as I can remember, celebrating away from the family home (although I’ve spent my fair share of Christmases in hospital over the years, that doesn’t count as ‘celebrating’). I’ll be getting up early tomorrow so me and the mother can head to my sisters house, just under an hour away, to join them in time to watch my nieces open their gifts.
You may think it makes much more sense to head there the night before and wake up all fresh Christmas morning. It would for some. Just getting into another house can be quite an achievement for myself and the wheels, with access not being considered until fairly recently when building a house, and it still not being considered effectively. Would I get in your house? Do you have a wide door? Step free access? Open plan living or narrow corridors and sharp turns? No, I probably can’t get in your house. As much as I’d like to join you for a brew.
Anyway, I digress. Staying at another’s house is even more of a palaver, so I’m going to visit my sister for the Christmas Day. Gift giving, the first time she’s cooked Christmas dinner, playing with the nieces, wine, hopefully wine, maybe even a mince pie. In somebody else’s house. That’s quite cool.
We all love receiving gifts, the excitement of giving them a squish, a shake, guessing what’s inside. Opening carefully or ripping the paper off like a crazed child. Well actually a crazed child probably will be tearing the paper off my gifts, as it’s not one of my talents. Present opening. I’d be there all day just trying to peel back an edge. So luckily I have nieces, and those nieces are keen to assist when gifts are involved!
Even better than that though is the giving of a gift. Looking for that something special or fun that reminds you of a certain person. Hoping a friend will be pleased with their surprise, the suspense of knowing what they think. I’d give a gift over receiving one almost every time. Almost. There are tricky gift receivers too.
One of the best things about Christmas week is the cheese. Not that many days of the year go by without me eating cheese (since lent 2016 anyway), but any excuse to eat more of it is fine by me. When else is it acceptable to have seven different varieties of cheese on your plate all at the same time?!
Although I don’t watch too much telly on Christmas Day, I do record or catch up on a lot later.
As discussed above I love a Christmas film. I also love a Christmas special. Be it a comedy series, Downton Abbey, The Royale Family, a quiz show, a bloopers, The Great British Bake Off. I love them all, and will be watching them.
The retro drink, not the retro band. There is only one time of year that I have a glass or two of Bucks Fizz and that’s Christmas Day morning. There’s also only one time of year I drink alcohol in the morning and that’s Christmas Day.
‘The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.’
What are your Christmas Day highlights?