‘Tis officially the season to be merry and joyous.
I love Christmastime. I miss the summer sun and scorching heat, sure – but I never feel more cosy than when I’m away from the dark and cold outside, wrapped snuggly in blankets, curled up on a sofa or in bed, with the music down low, a good book in my hands, and a steaming mug on the table. And when I’m not in the house, every night’s a celebration. It’s Christmas! Nobody really needs an excuse for a drink, but if you want one, what better could you ask for?
Annoyingly catchy songs, big events, bright lights, cold hands, dark nights, excitement, fancy decorations, gifts, good will, long scarves, mince pies, mistletoe, novelty toys, party frocks, ridiculous jumpers, surprises, thick coats, wine, woolly hats, you name it – it’s there. And there’s nothing else like it.
For me, it’s all about the season. It’s about sitting down for a meal with family, going out and getting drunk with friends, searching for presents with a little price but a lot of meaning, decorating the house, and blasting ridiculous music. Christmas Day might be what it’s all built up around, but I place my meaning in the time spent in the best of company.
And once it’s all over, there’s only a few days until New Years: another celebration, with a built in ‘start afresh‘ button. But before anyone starts reflecting back on what this year has been, or forwards to what next year might be, let’s take the time to enjoy the present. Smell the pretzels, take a sip of mulled wine.
Everything is always so beautiful at this time of year. Let’s make the most of it.