On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…

What on earth can I write about?…I’m running out of ideas…(cue panic face) poor effort, I know, well here we go.

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A splendid roast

I realised now I’m older how much I’m looking forward to the food at Christmas time, oh I do love a good old roast! Great food, company and, well more food I suppose is something I simply can’t wait for. The fridge is jam-packed with food that is only ever consumed at this special time of the year. Random exciting objects appear in the cupboards to my delight!

This year I am determined to consume my own body weight in food….challenge accepted.

Now, this post was very short, but I want to encourage you all to take on my body weight food challenge…come on I know you want to!

And that ladies and gentlemen has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas…

So this is my tenth post of my Twelve Days of Christmas series and I’m going to be honest I haven’t got anything really significant to write about, apologies. I’m feeling Christmassy and the Christmas tree is looking lovely, it’s lit up and decked out with decorations, but nothing in my day has made me want to write a Christmassy post.

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Christmas Time

Today I went back to my part time job which is just a holiday job in-between uni terms and I had forgotten how much I dislike working. Now, I don’t mind the people I work with, they’re actually really nice. But, it’s just so boring and causes so much stress for so little pay…but hey ho that’s life!

The worst news I found out today and something that has put a downer on my whole day was this…now brace yourselves because it’s heartbreaking news, indeed it is.

So here we go…I found out that I have to work Boxing Day! YEAH! That’s right, Boxing Day, it sucketh! I know people have much worse jobs and have to work Christmas day and all that jazz, but working in a part time job in retail, I just think what’s the point? Why can’t people go shopping on the 27th instead?

It’s Christmas time, so I shouldn’t moan but I would like my company to realise they have ruined, yes ruined my Christmas. Cheers!

And that has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas…

Today is my ninth post and I thought I’d leave you a little poem to help you all feel that Christmas cheer.

Snow is falling

The Big day is dawning

Have you been good or have you been bad?

And what the hell do you get for your dad?

Mince pies in the oven

Mistletoe adds a bit of lovin’

Snow is falling

Everybody’s snoring

That has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Eight Day of Christmas…

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

Tree Decorations

It has been eight days since I started my Twelve days of Christmas series and it’s worrying how quickly my life is flying by. Today the post is about Christmas trees, because they’re just lovely, aren’t they?

Now we all love a festive Christmas tree but the big question is, do we have a real one or a fake one? Fake Christmas trees are certainly practical and create a lot less mess but nothing beats a good old proper, living Christmas tree. The smell of the pine and  treacherous falling needles just have to be part of everyone’s Christmas scene, surely.

Each year my family get’s a real Christmas tree, and yes, it dutifully makes a good mess, but it’s lovely and feels much more festive than a perfectly shaped plastic one. The tree’s imperfections are something that makes it even more loveable. A wonky, little tree covered head to toe in decorations is what practically signifies Christmas in my households, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Well, actually on second thoughts, maybe a perfect, tall, dark fake tree would do it…

oh christmas tree, oh christmas treeAnd that people has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas…

Here it is, the Seventh post in my Twelve Days of Christmas series and yes it’s about the Nativity. The Nativity is one of the most important features of Christianity and also it’s a great story.

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The Nativity

I’m writing this because today I went to a Nativity service which was brilliant. It was a really nice service which only added to my Christmas feeling. First, I should explain that the service consisted of the story of the nativity retold and acted out by the children of the church. There is just something amusing about seeing young children attempting with all their might to remember what they have to do next, but still having absolutely no clue about what’s going on. The service was well executed and knowing many of the parents I could see how proud they were of their ‘little ones’.

Children really love Christmas and I mean, really love Christmas. I know this because I was a child once and believe me I loved Christmas. It’s a great time of year but unfortunately so many children simply get spoilt rotten which ruins the real meaning of Christmas, which under Christianity states, Jesus came to earth in the form of a baby as a loving gift from God to save mankind. We give gifts at Christmas to replicate this act of love, or so the tradition probably started anyway. And so a gift is a sign of love which is given without any expectation of a return gift or favour, but out of the goodness of our hearts. We should remember this Christmas that it’s not what we expect to receive, but what we can freely give that matters. The saying ‘It’s the thought that counts’ really does ring true.

That has been your daily fix of Christmas, bonne nuit.

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas…

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Christmas Cards

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true love brought to me a Christmas card. Really? Oh don’t bother then.

Christmas cards, do you get all excited about sending them and post off thousands of cards to people you hardly ever speak to, or do you get all excited about receiving cards and never quite get round to sending any? I am in the second category. I never manage to actually send any of the damn things off. It has been known for me to write heaps of Christmas cards and forget to send any of them: fail. So now I’ve realised it’s cheaper and more environmentally friendly if I don’t even attempt to.

Don’t get me wrong I see the point in sending a card, to send a friend your best wishes at this festive time. But, is there any point? Cards are surely awful for the environment! I mean send them in the post, pop them up for a week or two and then in the bin, what a waste, of, well, card I suppose.

However, I must admit it is a lovely feeling collecting your post and realising, oh hello, what’s this? A handwritten card? Oo who could it be from? Ooh aren’t I loved? And with one card your day is transformed…ok maybe not transformed but, it puts a smile on your face for a minute, at least.

So, although I can’t be bothered to send any cards this year because I’m lazy, I do actively encourage you to send me loads!

And with that you have your daily fix of Christmas.

 

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas…

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Five Gold Rings

Number Five, that’s like golden rings or something isn’t it? Well I’m going to be straight with you, I’m not giving you any golden rings this year anyway, apologies.

So today is my official last day of uni for the term and I’m heading home for the Christmas holiday tomorrow. Woo! With my last seminar done I feel a little lost as to what to do, only to remember the pile of work I’m meant to be tackling this holiday. This realisation slightly ruins the feeling of being free to relax over the holiday. But nothing can dampen my spirits because it’s nearly Christmas and I’m in that Christmas mood, oh yes!

As everyone was starting to leave or preparing to leave I started to get really excited about the whole ‘coming home for Christmas’ thing and couldn’t get that Christmas song, ironically named,…’Coming home for Christmas’ out of my head. The experiences I’ve had in my first term of uni have been great and have shaped me as a human being. I will head home tomorrow hopefully a more cultured person, and if that fails almost certainly slightly unhealthier and lazier.

Going home for the special celebration will not only be nice because I get to see everyone again, but I get to spend time with the people I’m closest to in my life, something Christmas really promotes. Being away at uni means I can’t wait to get back and see my own house’s decorations. The transformation of my house into a festive den is an incredibly exciting thought!

Christmas is a time for being close to the people we love and that has really hit home to me because I’ve been away for a fair amount of time. I can’t wait to get home to my own little space and be with the people I always celebrate Christmas with. Life is a joy, we really should make the most of it!

Well, with that I can safely say that you have just had your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas…

christmas 2007

Christmas Decorations

So today is the four post of my Twelve Days of Christmas and today it’s all about the old decorations. Now I love decorations, they really add to the whole festive theme, but and this is the big question: how much is too much?

We all like to put the decorations up and flounce around in tinsel for a good 5minutes. But then it comes to the point when we thing, hang on has this got tacky? Oh no, what will the neighbours think? I can’t have tacky decorations!

Is there ever a limit? Well, personally I think there definitely is a limit, and that limit should not be breached! When there are so many lights and decorations that your house looks like something out of a cartoon that is the time to reassess an take some down. It’s simple, if you can’t see at least half your house clearly then you’re bordering on tacky. Call me a kill-joy if you must.

So my advice is to get those decorations up, but in moderation, we don’t want a freak show going on now do we? Nobody wants to admit that it is because of their house that the electricity for the road is being cut off! So this Christmas let’s keep it orderly but festive! Woo, it’s another day closer to Christmas!

It’s a short one but without doubt you’ve just had your daily fix of Christmas.

 

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On the Third Day of Christmas…

So we arrive at the Third post of my Twelve Days of Christmas. By doing these posts I have realised how short days are which has slightly depressed me as I have a fair bit to do before I can properly relax for Christmas. Anyway, today I will be rambling on about Christmas shopping. The joys! Like marmite I think: some people love it some people hate it.

Christmas shopping for me is a nightmare! I don’t like shopping when town is busy, and therefore Christmas shopping is not an ideal experience. Shops are crawling with people, literally crawling! People are everywhere, you can’t get a good look at what you want to buy because there’s some overweight chap standing right in the way. I go into town with a rough idea of what I need to get and as soon as I get into the shops, you guessed it, they never have want I want. Never. A shop’s sole purpose is to stock what it promotes, if it can’t do that then it has just failed at life!

English: Christmas Shopping, Wigan

Christmas Shopping

So I’m partly to blame for my awful shopping experiences because, yes, don’t start hating, but I am a last minute shopper, mainly because I have to work up the enthusiasm to actually go, but also because I’m horrendously unorganised. Anyway, this year I thought I’d make a break from the usual and go early but not ridiculously early that’s just stupid!

On Monday I went into town with a sense of  dull optimism that I would actually succeed in my task of completing the deathly Christmas shopping. Well to cut a long story short that little bit of optimism was smashed right out of me as I couldn’t find anything I had gone in to buy. Why does my family have to be so hard to shop for?

Christmas shopping is by far the most stressful thing related to Christmas; forget the family, decoration or food preparations it’s the damn shopping that does my nut in! But having said all that these posts are trying to get us all in the Christmas mood and after a bit of thought I realised that actually there is something lovely about the gift of giving. Being able to go out and shop for your friends and family at this wonderful time of year is great. It takes away the self-centred mood we can get into around Christmas and the want, want, want attitude. If anything Christmas shopping, however stressful, reminds us of how fortunate we are in having loved ones and people we can share this special celebration with.

With that I leave you this thought, if you’re finding shopping stressful take a minute to think how lucky you are that people are doing exactly the same thing, because they care for you just as much, as you do for them. Remember Christmas isn’t all about presents, there’s a real message behind the celebration.

This has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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On the Second Day of Christmas…

That’s right today is the second day of posting in my Twelve Days of Christmas and I can literally hear the excitement from all you lovely readers. So today I’m keeping it Christmassy and what’s more Christmassy than snow? Probably a few things but forget that for a moment because first I’m going to update you all on the carol service I went to yesterday.

So as you may know, yesterday I went to Canterbury Cathedral Carol Service which was, lovely! Bit of a soppy word to use but the whole thing was well organised and well executed. The carols were brilliant, especially when accompanied by the organ and choir who were fantastic. Well, to tell you the truth I’m running out of decent adjectives to describe how good the service was! And yes, I am now feeling all Christmassy. So it really is true, going to a carol service gets you in the Christmas mood.

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Right, so I thought I would now move on to the very important topic of snow as mentioned before. Snow. Ah yes we all want a White Christmas don’t we? I’ve never experience a true white Christmas myself which does sadden me considerably. There is just something magical about when it starts to snow near Christmas, everyone suddenly falls in love and becomes incredibly friendly and humane and children play in the streets and…hang on, maybe that’s only in films….

When England has snow and this isn’t often but when it does the whole country draws to a standstill. No matter who you are nothing can be done when there is snow in England, we simply can’t function when that stuffs about. Delivery? Woah are you crazy? In this weather? I don’t think so! School? In this weather? Hell no! Public transpor….ok you get the picture.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I love snow very much, I really do, and would love to finally have a White Christmas. But, and here’s the but. It would ruin everything, families would not be able to reunite due to the conditions, people would be stranded alone, the list continues. It’s not really a great image of Christmas, a time for family and celebration.

So I’m left with a dilemma; do I want snow or not this Christmas time? There are sacrifices both ways and as you can tell this is an incredibly important topic and no hasty decision can be made, so I’ll get back to you about it tomorrow.

This has been your daily fix of Christmas, let me know what you think. Ho Ho Ho…nah that just sounds creepy when you read it…

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