I had a dream the other night that I saw the most beautiful pair of Christmas pyjamas but every time I tried to get them, there was something in the way stopping me. I feel like this dream was representative of me getting excited about Christmas and everyone telling me it’s far too early.
As soon as Halloween is out of the way, my Christmas playlist comes out and that’s it for me – I’m in Christmas mode. From this point on, all I ever hear is ‘are you actually listening to Christmas music? It’s far too early for that!’, ‘Christmas isn’t a thing until the first of December’, ‘you can’t be serious about wanting to watch Love, Actually already!’.
My answers to those questions are as follows: Yes, I am actually listening to Christmas music. Christmas actually does exist all year round. And yes, I want to watch Love, Actually because it’s a bloody good film.
I am so excited for Christmas. Thinking about it gets me excited, talking about it gets me excited. So why exactly am I so excited about Christmas?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
Andy Williams (I actually had to google who sang this song, sorry!) said it best. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. And I’m not talking about just getting loads of presents and being spoilt. For me, Christmas is about traditions and family and spending time with the people you love and eating way too much food, the presents are just one part of the day. Everything about Christmas just makes me so happy.
As soon as I hear the opening to Fairytale of New York, I’m happy. I think I’d go as far as to say it’s one of my all-time favourite songs, and I’m not talking just Christmas songs here. What other song could get away with singing that second verse to a pleasant Irish jingle (you know the one I’m on about, the one you yell along to in an Irish accent).
Of course, this isn’t the only Christmas Classic we’ve been gifted with, the list of Christmas bangers is endless and because it’s very rare that a new Christmas song becomes a hit, they always reminds me of good times with good people, so why should I limit my listening to 25 days when they bring me so much joy?
Deck the halls
Is there anything more beautiful than a house filled with decorations? Getting the family together to decorate the tree while the Christmas music plays in the background. Lights and baubles and tinsel and ornaments and fake snow sprayed on the windows (my mum used to do this way back in the day – she doesn’t anymore because she likes her clean windows too much). Granted, I’m the only one in my family who would prefer to decorate the house before December so it doesn’t happen any earlier, but I still get excited about it coming around.
I personally can’t wait to have my own house so I can turn it into Santa’s grotto every year (Mike probably won’t be such a fan of this, oops) but I suppose I probably would wait until December before whipping out the tree…
This is my first year in a proper job where I actually get time off around Christmas. I get a whole week and a half off which is definitely welcomed after using my yearly quota of annual leave. I get to actually go home and see my family and still come back and spend time with Mike’s family all before going back to work – if that isn’t something to be excited about then I don’t know what is!
Being prepared to share the joy
I know I said it wasn’t about the presents for me, but getting people something, they really love and making them happy is the exception to that. I get excited to see the look on people’s faces when they open their presents.
For me, I’m not the greatest present buyer so I need all the time I can get to think of the perfect gift. Plus, starting your Christmas shopping earlier means less stress as the day approaches, and it also means the attack on your bank account isn’t as painful.
Are you excited for Christmas or are you not thinking about it until December? Also how many times have I typed the word Christmas in this post? (hint: it’s far too many!)