I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes …
The count down until Christmas has definitely started, however the Christmas-y mood I usually sink in from December 1st up until the Christmas eve has not yet kicked-in. Not sure if this is because weather is still rather warm or because I am “getting used to” it. I am kind of a “Christmas Veteran” about to celebrate my 29th 🙂
I can really not blame it on the Brits for not making efforts to have us prepared for Christmas: straight after Halloween, the witches hats, spooky skeletons and spider webs were replaced by snow flakes, red curtains and Santa Claus in pretty much every stores. Even at my local Starbucks … except that they forgot a tiny detail – they were still playing Bob Marley instead of the traditional Jingle Bells and other Deck the halls – creating a nice exotic atmosphere.
Soon after the decorations come the usual Christmas rituals.
Christmas is that time of the year when:
People (including seasoned adults and senior colleagues from the office ) rush to buy an Advent calendar and would then carefully and diligently eat the daily chocolate that get them closer to “the D-day. So far, I spotted many Kinder fans and a small community of Hotel du Chocolat connoisseurs (So chic)
There is an “unofficial” competition at the office as to who would have the kitchiest Christmas ornament at their desk. (Some ending up exceeding expectations.)
All sorts of parties are thrown, ranging from the Ugly Christmas sweaters day; Christmas parties; Secret Santa …
You can – with no guilt – spend your full week-ends watching (for the 10th time) the traditional Christmas movies, namely : Notting Hill, Love Actually, Bridget Jones – while drinking hot chocolate (with a dash of Baileys) and going for binge ice-cream “tasting”
Some privileged members of the “I always do my Christmas shopping at the last moment – despite saying each year : Next time I will start earlier” group – end up spending the 2 last week ends before D-day, looking for the perfect gift.
All theses rituals we end up repeating year over year in a rather disciplined fashion are nevertheless “reassuring”. They are the announcing signs of the soon to come celebrations.
Life has also sometimes cruel and tough ways to make us realize that what we used to take for granted is actually a true blessing, and despite the above cliches, Christmas goes far beyond these. It is before all, one of the only moment in the year where some of us have the privilege to sit at the table with the one we love, to share a meal, joke and speak about the memories we have had all together – much more than indulging parties, food and intense shopping.
Family and friends, all I really want for Christmas is YOU.