But instead of going into how OTT I find this holiday, I want to focus more on the few things about Christmas that I do, and always will, like about this festive season.
(In reality I’m like a half-grinch)
Of course, I don’t mean in a literal sense, but I always find that there is a sort of feeling in the atmosphere around Christmas. Yes the anger levels go up, and it can start to feel a little cramped, but once the dinner is on the table and the crackers are pulled, there’s always just this nice feeling. If you tried to recreate at a different time of year, it just wouldn’t work.
Is there anything prettier than the look of lights as you walk down the highstreet, or the twinkling lights snuggled around the christmas tree? Fairy lights clinging to the outside of buildings, and tinsel and ornaments hanging all over the place? Maybe, but it’s still such a lovely feeling to see it all. I love getting all the decorations down and getting to work on putting them up!
While money isn’t great at the moment, I love that moment when you hand over just a little something and you feel their eyes light up when they see what you’ve got them. I love gifting people with things, especially when you’ve put a lot of thought into it. I just wish the actual shopping for the presents wasn’t so stressful and the price so high.
I’m not religious, not even slightly but I have to admit that one of the things that irks me the most about Christmas is that the reason we celebrate has mostly been forgotten. Now the season is about friends and family and presents. It’s a commercial holiday all over. But what I like about this holiday is not that we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus, but that we’re celebrating life and all that comes with it. We make toasts to the lives we have and the new ones on the horizon. This, I find, is what makes the day so very special and magical.
Now these are the festive books I plan to read this holiday to help bring that feeling around.
What books will you be reading this festive season? Can you recommend any you think I should read?