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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

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And this, my dear friends is the last post in my Twelve Days of Christmas series, otherwise, I suppose it wouldn’t be a Twelve Days series, would it? So get prepared because hopefully this post will get you all festive for the big day…

So, I finally thought that I should get down to some serious Christmas shopping. After my last shift for Christmas I headed off into the treacherous, swarming town. It was a dangerous task and one I was uncertain I would succeed in. Town was busy and as you know I hate a busy town…

I cannot begin to explain how horrible the shops were, they were crawling with people. I thought ‘sod this’, but then I remembered I only have one more day to get this shopping done and that’s Christmas eve, and I already decided I wanted to do absolutely nothing all day Christmas eve. So with this in mind I trunched off into the heart of the shops and grabbed the first things I thought may be appropriate and took them to the tills and scarpered off home.

The feeling of knowing that I don’t have to face these Christmas shopping nightmares is a good feeling, indeed. Now, all I can do is relax and enjoy Christmas, not bad ey?

So all I can do now is wish you all a very merry Christmas and thank you for supporting my Twelve Days series. I leave you with the hope that this Christmas you all remember the real message, that God sent his only Son to earth as a loving gift to save us.

And that has been your final 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 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 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 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!

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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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On the First Day of Christmas….

So here starts my Twelve Days of Christmas. No fear I won’t start a ridiculously repetitive song and make you sing along with me until we die of boredom or lack of breath. This post commences my own, personal Twelve Days of Christmas, which in it’s most boring form is a post a day for twelve days taking us up to Christmas day. Wow that was a lot of ‘days’. My posts, as you will hopefully discover, are Christmas related and although absolutely no planning has gone into this, I hope to have a concise Christmas theme to each post. In an ideal world these posts would bring festive joy and peace and love to the blogging world but let’s be honest that’s probably not going to happen. Right, heave ho’ off we go into a land of fun Christmas time, stuff….

Canterbury Cathedral

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DAY ONE-Boom the need for capitals is debatable but I went there so, deal with it? Day one is today, the 12/12/11, ha look at that, this time next year it will be 12/12/12. Anyway…!

Today I hoped to begin feeling that Christmas vibe so I decided to listen to Rage Against the MachineKilling In The Name, yeah, it didn’t really help if I’m honest.

On a more serious note today I am hoping to get that Christmas feeling pumping through my body because, this evening I will be attending, brace yourselves, Canterbury Cathedral Carol Service. It is going to be brilliant! The Cathedral is beautiful without the addition of angelic voices and candles, that’s right candles and loads of them.

I’m pretty excited to go to such a historic building especially at this time of year. The Cathedral, as you can see from the picture, is a wonderful building especially at night. The heart of the city and a great landmark to start the celebration of Christmas. A good old carol service does wonders to get you in the Christmas mood. Well, I hope it does anyway. I will keep you informed as to whether it was successful in bringing out that Christmas joy in me or not tomorrow. So just another reason to be here tomorrow for the second post of Christmas.

And so this brings to a close my first post of the Twelve Days of Christmas, if you thought it was rubbish then I assure you it will get better and if you thought it was great then I can assure you it will get even greater! Merry Christmas.

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