I don't know what it is about the beginning of the Christmas Season that brings on a manic level of excitement in our house. It's like a scene out of a Dr Suess story where our family turns into a bunch of 'Who's' and our home becomes 'Whoville'. The Christmas CDs find their way into the car. The decoration box is dragged out of the cupboard with multiple expletives being expressed. Mr Goldust makes a run to the shed to check on the condition of the last years Christmas lights while perusing the latest Christmas light catalogue. And the Christmas tins miraculously find themselves full of sweets! (Well there's the first reason for the weight gain) It's definitely a 'Krank' family Christmas at our place and I say BRING IT ON!!!
For most of us the answer is clear , are you Team Xmas or Team Grinch? Even for those of you who waver, it just takes the sound of that first Christmas tune and you know instantly which side of the Christmas tree you sit. For us it's like showing your team colours, we also support Liverpool Football Club and the fervour is no less intense! Wear your Green and Red with Pride!
Now I cannot begin to describe the level of 'Crazy' that was reached last weekend when it was announced we would be picking up the tree early! Let's just say One Direction ain't got nothing on Santa, sorry Harry you know I love you. It also heralds the arrival of the Advent calendar, because nothing says 'Christmas' more than a bomb-like detonator countdown to the Big day! BOOM!
Tonight is the first of the Carols by Candlelight, and the selection of festive headwear arrived in our house this week. I don't know about you but I almost choked on my candy cane when I saw this Christmas tree hat! And when I say the first of the Carol nights, I mean we always plan to visit multiple carol nights but thankfully we run out of 'White Christmas' steam by December 14. I really do need to rest my vocal chords for Christmas Eve's Carols by Candlelight, that's the big kahuna. There's no better background music for the gift wrapping panic that descends at 9pm, eggnog in hand! You know what I'm talking about.
Now my Mr.GoldDust was born a Christmas lover, and I secretly think he's one of Santa's Elves, but I love him for it. The kids revel in his Christmas devotion and I have to admit I even have to smile when they gang up on mummy's shameful miss-singing of carols. They're like a pack of sugared up Christmas thugs on their annual rampage, destroying grinchiness in there wake. The stories get read, the lists get written, Santa's letters get sent, the glass decorations are accidentally smashed, but all in good intention. But it's all about the kids...isn't it?
Last but not least, there's the bit I get really excited about because it's my turn to get my crazy on and indulge in my Christmas Knaff Knit obsession and look what arrived!!!! A 'little' box of Christmas arrived last week and I could not be happier (I say that while twitching and laughing at the same time!). ASOS do the best knaff knits for Christmas, as do Urban Outfitters, and this year they didn't disappoint. I'm saving the Christmas pudding earrings for the 'Big Day', but one of these babies will be debuting tonight! Wish them luck!
So while you might be drowning in Christmas shopping lists and Christmas lunch planning, crack on the carols and crack open some cheer. It's hard not to smile at Christmas when the kids are getting excited about Santa's visit. And what's not to enjoy about the threat of him not visiting in exchange for good behaviour, because in the end you've only got four weeks to hold that over them people!!! So have another fruit mince pie and pop on Fred Claus, that'll make any Grinch or Who smile! Merry Christmas!