I cannot believe how quickly Christmas has crept up on us. It feels like only yesterday I was sitting watching the sunsets in Ibiza drinking sangria, feeling like I could never ever possibly feel cold again. And here we are in December!
But the cold got me thinking, thank goodness we have Christmas in the middle of winter. As the nights draw in we actually have something bright and festive to look forward to. It would be so strange to move to Australia and to just have Christmas in the middle of summer, and the summer holidays. I'm sure all you residents of the southern hemisphere will be objecting to this, but I just can't imagine Christmas being any other time than winter.
If anyone from down-under is reading this I would love to hear what your Christmas is really like. Does Santa dress up in a big warm coat even though it is hot? Do your Christmas cards have robins and snowmen on, or do you have special Auzzie beach themed ones? And do you still sing the Christmas carols that talk about the bleak mid-winter?
In fact, I would love to hear what everyone's Christmas' are like.
Mine is a traditional family affair. I will be leaving London a week on Friday for two whole weeks back in Derbyshire and I'm so excited to be getting home.
Christmas Eve is always a family meal of Salmon, and then down to the village pub for me and off to Church for my parents. I love catching up with the people I grew up with, and Xmas eve is the one time of year EVERYONE is back in the village local. I usually have one too many tipples and make a festive twit of myself, but this year I will be driving so none of that!
Christmas day we have champagne in the morning, open the gifts and then get on with doing the dinner. We always have Turkey with the trimmings, including my mum's amazing brussel sprouts with pancetta ham and horse chestnuts. Yum. Then in the afternoon we watch the Queen's speech, the parents will have a snooze and then we sit up till late drinking Baileys in front of the fire and playing Scrabble.
Boxing day is my traditional day to go out on the town with all my friends and get smashed, anything to fill the void left behind from the build-up to Christmas day!!
Out of all three days of the festive period though, Christmas Eve is my favorite. You can almost feel magic in the air, everyone is excited and expectant and I love thinking about all the children in bed too excited to sleep listening out for sleigh bells. I can't wait to have a Christmas with children of my own one day.
So, tell me about your days!