It’s another Surprise Saturday and I’m really surprised about a few things, number one being that it is the last Saturday before Christmas and the second, that I am pretty much ready for the day itself!
I got the last of my gifts purchased and am waiting on delivery so I can get them wrapped, the cards are written (the few that I send) and waiting to be hand-delivered, all of the decorations are up and, yesterday, I had my first Christmas Celebration with my friend who is going to be away over Christmas visiting family!
I had a really nice day yesterday, my car passed its MOT so I collected it in the morning and then went to get some food for dinner. It is a bit of a tradition now that my friend and I have our Christmas before he goes away. We spent the day preparing dinner, talking, playing games (mainly Dobble), setting up my Wii, watching Christmas films and eating lots of lovely food!
I prepared prawn cocktail for starters then had a roast dinner before tucking into a dessert of cherry pie and ice cream. The main course consisted of mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, roast carrot and parsnip, cauliflower, sprouts and a Quorn Roast. It really was the best day!
How are your plans coming along? Have you had any Christmas celebrations yet? Let me know in the comments about what you have been up to, I’d really love to hear about it!
My feelings around Christmas have changed drastically since I was little, no longer do I feel the same levels of excitement and anticipation. I no longer attempt to stay awake to wait for the arrival of Santa, nor do I lay awake and wonder what the day will have in store. But the magic and excitement are still felt in other ways.
I still get excited to spend a day with my family, of seeing their faces when they open the gifts I have chosen for them and for enjoying a dinner that has been lovingly prepared. I still love to curl up on the sofa with a box of chocolates and a good book though have replaced the cup of tea with a glass of red wine.
I find joy in watching carols being performed by local choirs, seeing the kid’s faces light up when they catch a glimpse of Santa at the Christmas Parade and of seeing friends meeting up to share a coffee and chat, putting their feet up and relaxing when shopping.
I love to carefully wrap the presents where once I was eager to unwrap them, of receiving and writing Christmas cards, posting them through friend’s doors for them to find on their return to their homes.
I find a strange sort of comfort in joining the queues of other shoppers as we wait to pay for our goods, of taking the items home and of making the preparations ready for Christmas morning.
What has changed about Christmas since you were small? Do you still get the same feelings about Christmas? I’d love to know your comments!