I was asked today what I’m doing for Christmas! Christmas!? I’m still sorting out my Halloween plans. After all, we still have a few weeks to go, and I’ve not got kids nagging me for things. I work for my family, so we see each other all the time. It’s not the huge event it was when I was small.
I used to LOVE Christmas. I was definitely one of those kids doing all the nagging for toys and games. I remember getting the Argos catalogue out in September and writing down the pages and reference numbers for all the toys I wanted. My list would be about 50 items long! I expected a lot out of Santa.
My memories of Christmas are at home are amazing! I think it’s to do with all the personal touches my family used to put into the whole day. The scents and smells of the food cooking and eating walnut whips and picking the walnut off. They stick with me quite prominently.
I just to be a mega fussy eater as a child and used to have Sausages and Waffles as my Christmas Dinner! Now I literally can’t wait to tuck into my Christmas Dinner with all the family! I remember one year at a charity christmas concert I won this huge hamper and literally didn’t like anything in it, now I would kill to win luxury hampers!
Without a doubt, getting presents at Christmas was the best part of it for me as a child. I definitely missed the whole point of spending time with the family, But I think most kids do. These days, I’m happy to relax, have a cheeky midday drink and catch up with the family. It’s far less eventful, and far more about a much-needed day off work and time spent together!
Of course, it doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to Christmas. I still get excited when it’s time to open the gifts. But nowadays, I’m excited about my family and friends opening the gifts I got for them. I love it when I’ve picked the right present for them. And when it comes to the food, I prefer to chip in and do some of the preparation instead of leaving it all to my family to manage.
Childhood memories of Christmas time include visions of fairy lights and animatronics. They left me wide-eyed when I was little. I couldn’t stop staring at them. To be honest, nothing has changed here and I love decorating the house from top to bottom with tinsel and fairy lights and 25 is definitely not too old for an advent calendar!
Christmas is definitely different now I’m an adult and no longer living at home but it’s different in a way that I appreciate it a lot more. I still miss how Christmas was as a child but when I have my own children I’m sure the excitement for Santa will return.