Finally it feels like Christmas. The weather is suitably bleak although the forecasters are undecided as to whether there's any chance of snow. The romantic in me hopes that we will have snow as there's nothing like waking up on a Christmas morning to a world that's covered in white to make you believe in magic again. It's almost as good as catching Santa Claus leaving presents at the bottom of your bed.
The tree is up, the house decorated, the cards sent and the most of the presents wrapped. After a couple
of hectic weeks at work, when I thought I'd never find time to get organized for Christmas, I'm suddenly ready for the festivities.
I am looking forward to relaxing, spending time with my family, catching up with friends, sitting in front of the fire in the dark, with just the glow of fairy lights and the flickering of candles. There's books to be read, movies to be watched and music to be enjoyed.
Tomorrow I'll exchange gifts with some of my dearest friends, we'll visit relatives on Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day will be just for ourselves, cosy at home, enjoying good food, walks with the dog, and phone calls to loved ones overseas. A quiet low-key time, just as we like it.
The message of Christmas, of love, friendship and generosity is found in our hearts, not in the ringing of tills or the Twelve Pubs of Christmas. I hope each and everyone has a joyful Christmas with those you love.