Donna is a blogger at Mummy Central.A Geordie bird with a big mouth, but a bigger heart.She lives in Scotland – not far from Edinburgh – with Mr G and her two sons.She is guest posting today about best and worst bits of Christmas.
Well it’s finally been, Christmas has gone for another year.
Now everyone who has been mumbling and while secretly wanting to strangle us festive-minded folk with our own tinsel, will have to give in and embrace the Christmas spirit.
I must confess to being one of those annoying people who starts humming festive tunes in late October, drawing up lists of presents to buy and writing out Christmas cards ready to pop in the post on December 1.I like to enjoy the festive season. Whereas my husband is Mr Grumpy, preferring to focus on the expense and inconvenience of it all.Each to their own, I suppose. Christmas is becoming a bit of a Marmite experience (with a sprig of holly on top).Because when you really think about it, the best aspects of Christmas also happen to be the worst.
It all depends on how you look at it.
The Best: Seeing family you haven’t seen for ages.
There’s no rule to say you can’t see them any other time of year. But something about Christmas makes you reach out to relatives and invite them into your home. And as they hug you close and bring you up to date on all of their news, you think to yourself ‘I’ve missed this. Why don’t we do it more often?’.
The Worst: Seeing family you haven’t seen for ages.
As the stench of your uncle’s Brussel sprout farts fill the room and his wife launches into a bitch-fest about all the family members she really cannot bear, your face starts to ache from the fixed grin you’ve plastered on it, as your mind races, thinking “How quickly can I get rid of these people?”A few hours – or more to the point a few drinks – into the big family reunion, and you’re reminded why you’ve kept these people at arm’s length for a good 11 months.
The Best: A good stuffing.
Eating in moderation goes out of the window at this time of year. It would be almost rude not to open the Quality Street and grab a glass of bubbly first thing in the morning, while you prepare a turkey feast.And no matter how much you’ve eaten during the day, as you settle down for some board games and festive movies, drinks and nibbles are a must to keep you going. Diet? What diet?
The Worst: A good stuffing.
That can’t be the right number on the scales? And how did I get two bellies? Aaarrrrrrghhhhh!
The Best: Cheesy Christmas movies.
Home Alone, Elf, Arthur Christmas, Jack Frost, Santa Claus The Movie…. I love them all.And there’s nothing better than making a big mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and snuggling up on a cold day to watch the magic unfold.
The Worst: Cheesy Christmas movies.
Anyone with little ones will know, once is never enough. And by the seventh rendition of Let It Go it doesn’t matter how much you enjoy the movie, you start to wish Elsa would walk right off that snow-capped mountain and break her Frozen neck.
The Best: Presents, presents, presents.
There’s nothing better than giving gifts and seeing your loved one’s faces light up with surprise and wonder. It’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it? Getting excited to find out what Santa might bring.
The Worst: Presents, presents, presents.
“Another pair of slippers? Oh brilliant,” your mother is thinking, as you try not to recall the size of your credit card bill, which has gone into meltdown paying for things which, just a few days after Christmas, are going to be slashed to half price. Don’t you just love commercialism?
So what do you think? When it comes to the season to be jolly, are you a festive fairy – or the Grinch who stole Christmas?