Christmas will never lose its sparkle and I will never tire of festive family traditions, says Scunthorpe Telegraph columnist Amy Pullan
WITH only 19 more sleeps until the big day we are now in the midst of the fabulous festive season.
For many, the enchantment of Christmas slowly drifts away over the years and the magical day becomes overshadowed by weeks of frantic preparation, exuberant indulgence and over spending.
As children our main concerns are: Is my letter to Santa going to get to the North Pole in time? How many carrots should I leave out for the reindeer? And how is Father Christmas going to come down the chimney when we have a gas fire?
As an adult more serious matters must be addressed, i.e. what should you buy Kevin from Human Resources for his Secret Santa present? Is it acceptable to buy Auntie Barbara yet another Florentina gift set from Marks and Spencers? And have we got enough emergency chairs?
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Being 26, my priorities should have switched – but no, this time of year still makes me physically squeal with excitement exactly like it did as a seven-year-old.
For me Christmas will never lose its sparkle and I will never tire of our festive family traditions.
In our house we know "holidays are coming" not when we see the Coca Cola advert on the television or watch Home Alone for the hundredth time, but when mum puts out the bowl of salted peanuts and Roses on the coffee table. It remains a mystery to me who these are actually for, as me and dad are under strict instructions not to touch.
One of my favourite things about this time of year is the music.
Many people are under the impression that the vocal gymnastics of Mariah Carey should be banished forever (especially those who work in shops and are subject to the same Christmas CD on repeat since the first week of November) but not me. The opening bars of Fairytale of New York never fail to make the hairs on my neck stand up, as does Bono's famous line in Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas?
Even running the gauntlet of supermarkets and department stores on Christmas Eve buying those last minute stocking fillers fills me with glee – I simply love this time of year.
However, being a horrendously unorganised person the only thing I don't appreciate about the Christmas period is those sickeningly prepared people who not only bought, but also wrapped, all of their presents back in August – Bah humbug! Now where is the fun in that?
Christmas isn't Christmas if you don't have to play present roulette because you have run out of nametags and Grandma ends up with a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. Or you end up covering things in kitchen roll because you discover you have come to the end of the wrapping paper at 11pm on Christmas Eve.
Whether you're as cynical as Scrooge or as grumpy as the Grinch I still urge you to embrace this time of joy because as Noddy Holder says: "IT'S CHRISTMAS!"