Ok, so it’s officially that time of year! Yes, that’s right, CHRISTMAS! The tree is up, the presents are wrapped, the cake is relaxing in a bath of brandy and the cards are written. So it’s time to sit back and enjoy the run up to that special day…
I have to say for me Christmas won’t officially start until I finish work on Tuesday (sob, poor me) but I still am feeling rather festive 🙂 and as I sit here and write to you there is an array of classic Christmas tunes drifting through the apartment, our tree is twinkling away in all her glory and I can hear the faint hum drum from the Plaisirs D’Hiver (Christmas markets to me and you :-)) that have been busily buzzing with happy shoppers for about 3 weeks now. This year they haven’t failed to disappoint. The main throng of the stalls and the big wheel are situated at the end of our road (along with the churros van, but let’s not mention them…too yummy) and I have to say after a long, busy day to have to walk through them on the way home never fails to bring a smile to my face… It’s a wonderfully festive feeling, warm and cosy.
I finished my shopping a couple of weeks ago, but as per usually I just can not stop buying things, even today I actually (can not believe I’m admitting this) queued for the newly opened Primark store (chaos) in Brussels just to purchase “a few last bits” “stocking fillers” and I have no doubt in my mind that over the next three days this will become a bad habit. The constant stress that I have bought more for this person than that person, and I just need this and that for another person. Nightmare, and don’t even get me started on the perils of fitting it all into my Ryanair 15 kilo suitcase (I bet Father Christmas doesn’t have these problems with baggage restrictions) Then of course when I get back to Costa Del Blackpool, open the case and see all my perfect curled ribbons squashed and beyond repair more stress will ensue… So the question I have to ask myself is why do we bother with all the fuss? Why go to all the effort? Simple, it’s Christmas, it comes but once a year, and all the effort and stress is worth it when you see loved ones looking in wonder at the afore mentioned (repaired) ribbons and the excitement when they open their gift 🙂 Nothing comes close… Of course Christmas isn’t just about the gifts and the wrapping, it’s about spending time with loved ones, it’s about forgetting the stresses and worries of everyday life, it’s about eating lots of food, watching the Queen on tv and falling asleep in a paper hat. So just remember to take time to appreciate that special day and the special people in your life 🙂
And on that note I’ll wish you all a very Merry Christmas xxx