For many people, including me, that means Christmas is approaching and with it comes the annual cramming of the calendar with nights out and events, the eating and drinking of all the things, and the subsequent hibernating because, frankly, I think I’ll need a couple of quieter days.
I don’t have that many days off this Christmas, the joys of being a contractor, but those that I do I already have planned with a good mixture of frivolity on the busy days, and sweet F.A. on the quieter ones.
That said, in the lead up to Christmas I already have the following planned:
- Christmas Market lunch (Glasgow)
- Christmas Silent Disco
- Bjorn Again gig
- Work night out
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Home Alone 1 & 2
- Escape Room (work team event)
- Christmas Market afternoon (Edinburgh)
- Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 gig
- Annual Christmas day with friends
I also still have some shopping to do (I’m trying to not buy everything from Amazon this year) and I’ve still to put up my Christmas Tree, I’ve got two flavoured gins to finish off (mulled and Parma Violet), one flavoured vodka (Parma Violet again), presents to wrap, and need to confirm if I need to make a trifle or not (for Boxing Day breakfast, obvs).
Add in all the usual things like going to work, going to the gym, and all that stuff – plus this year I’m coordinating calendars with someone else who is also very busy – and it’s a wonderful juggle.
Of course Christmas isn’t about being busy nor, for me, is it about buying lots of things. No, it’s a time to celebrate how happy I am, a time to celebrate all the love I have in my life, and a time to over-indulge (a little). It is most definitely a time to have tiny marshmallows atop rich dark hot chocolate, whilst watching all the Christmas movies, munching on a Chocolate Orange, before a dinner of leftovers and a nice big Baileys nightcap.
Christmas is what you make it, so if you celebrate it, however you celebrate it, a time to be of good cheer, a time when hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.