It’s possible that I start thinking about Christmas a bit early. Many sensible people don’t start Christmas until December and my own mother had a rule that we weren’t be talk about it until then. But I actually feel Christmassy in October.
It’s something about the changing season, the splashes of gold on the hillside which are the trees changing colour and I even like it when all the leaves are gone. I love seeing the branches, the birds, the view beyond. I’ve sometimes gone off Christmas come the end of December, so I like to enjoy it when I’m in the mood.
I rather like it when the nights are drawing in. That’s not to say I don’t love the long summer evenings and dawn at four am, but I also like drawing the curtains and putting on the fairy lights, lighting some candles and lighting the wood burner. (Honesty compels me to say, I like watching my darling husband lighting the wood burner – he does it so well.)
How I see it is, this time between the clocks going back and Christmas whistles by, and then, by Christmas (December the 22nd to be precise) the days start lengthening again. Then we’ve got Spring to look forward to.
Christmas is going to be different this year, there’s no doubt about it. Instead of big family get-togethers, there are likely to be families having their own Christmases. My own children are very excited at this prospect – so excited indeed I’m feeling guilty about getting everyone together in previous years.
If Desmond and I end up being on our own, I fancy a different sort of Christmas. I fancy eating delicious little snacks, the kind you never have room for usually. Lovely cheese or pate on crackers, cheese straws, sausage rolls and pork pies, instead of a big meal.
You can probably tell I haven’t been eating these things recently and I’m starting to crave them. By Christmas I may just want to eat toast and Marmite for Christmas dinner (with lots of butter, using white bread.)
There’s lots to look forward to! Even Covid 19 can have an upside.
Sophie Smith says...
My birthday is the 1st November, and once that is over, then Christmas can begin!
Your plans for Christmas dinner sound delightful! Marmite on a thick slice of crusty bread, it is the ultimate comfort food!
My better half and I have decided we are going to have steak this year from the local butchers in Dursley,
Have a wonderful Christmas! X
November 12, 2020
Patricia Ward says...
What an inspiring piece to read and I agree wholeheartedly, I love Christmas too and it’s never to early to feel Christmassy. Hopefully anyone feeling depressed at the moment with the current situation, this will cheer them up. Merry Christmas to you and your family xx🎄🎄🎁🎁🎅🏻🎅🏻
Lynda Frank says...
Love Christmas and always start preparing early ,but this year, fearing another lockdown I was determined to be prepared. So , presents are purchased, food in freezer, treats hidden away. Am looking forward to long walks with our dogs, cosy times in front of our log burner with a good book or film and making fun as and when we can. I am also aware that for some Christmas is not an easy time , and lockdown and restrictions are going to make it much harder to reach out to help those people, but will do what we can 💕