I absolutely love Christmas! I think it’s the excitement and secretiveness that’s in the air, the smell of biscuits and the Christmas tree and of course being together as a family that makes me really enjoy the run up to my absolutely favourite festivity of the year. It was our first Christmas as a family of three last year and I was worrying about how we’d cope with Christmas between two nations, but it all turned out just fine and we had a fabulous time celebrating Amy’s first Christmas.
I also love the whole decorative side of Christmas: Thinking about a colour scheme, putting up fairy lights, decorating the Christmas tree and covering the whole house in gorgeously smelling candles. I don’t even mind the Christmas shopping that everyone else seems to be dreading as soon as Christmas is over. I actually really enjoy strolling through dozens of shops to find a present that is just perfect for the ones I love. What I don’t like about Christmas is being asked what I want Father Christmas to leave under the tree for me. In fact, I absolutely hate it.
It makes me feel really uncomfortable. I don’t like having to decide in an instant. I don’t like telling people what to get me and I don’t like making them feel uncomfortable by asking them for something that they don’t really want to buy me. I much prefer people putting their own thoughts into what they gift. I don’t expect something big. I don’t even expect anything, but I love receiving presents that show that someone has spent time choosing or even making it for me. A personal touch means so much more to me than yet another scarf or pair of slippers and of course I love the surprise when unwrapping my present, because that’s what Christmas is about, isn’t it?
Do you let people know what you want for Christmas or do you let your friends and family surprise you on Christmas Day? What are you hoping to find under the tree this year?
– Day 2 –