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I say the word ĎChristmasí then
I know I am probably going to get a
smelly sock thrown at me but I've already
got that tingly feeling inside and I
just can't surpress it any longer.
Iím a real Christmas addict and always
have been and I'm famous for playing
Christmas carols in July. The family
usually manage to dampen my Christmas
spirit until after the August holiday
but from then on thereís no stopping
me. Yes, I still go through the motions
for Halloween and Bonfire Night, even
though they both scare the hell out
of me, but deep down Iím chomping at
the bit to get on with the major event
of my year.
I buy tickets to every carol concert
going (well, itís all in the name so
it would be rude not to!) I sign up
for any and every school Christmas Fair
within a 20 mile radius and even watch
the daytime shopping channels to see
if they have any fairy lights that I
donít already have. I start asking in
stores when they plan to put their directions
out and check if theyíve moved the gardening
section to make way for Santaís Grotto.
Cookery books that never see the light
of day all year are carefully dusted
off and thumbed through- I make pretence
of looking at soups and stews first
but Iím really dying to get to the Christmas
cake page. Thatís my favourite. Actually,
I donít make mine from a book I have
an old family recipe that Iíve been
making for years, but I still like to
look at them.
never made a single dish from Delia
Smiths Christmas but I read the book
every year-itís become a tradition.
My copy of Clement Moores ĎTwas the
night before Christmasí makes its
way downstairs from my Ďspecialí
cupboard to take its place on the bookshelf
in November. I know it word for word,
but I like the pictures. My miserable
other half wonít let me get my musical
advent calendar out until the proper
day but I look at it in its box when
heís gone to work.
This year I have been extra exited as
I have knitted a whole nativity scene,
complete with the baby Jesus and his
whole entourage. I havenít sewn it up
yet but I can't wait. I already have
a wooden stable with beautiful porcelain
figures in but Iím sure the knitted
one will have great panache and stop
the children from playing with the best
one. If anyone points and says Ďwhoís
that supposed to beí then I know
where I will be sticking my chestnuts!
We have several family parties nearer
the time and Iíve managed to persuade
a few friends to sing Carols on the
lawn for mine to greet the guests.
I donít care what the neighbours say
I am going to sing! Whatís the use of
knowing every word to every Carol if
youíre never going to use them? My other
half refuses to accompany us on one
of his many guitars (what other use
have they?) as he prefers to do Metallica
covers and anyway, I wouldnít let him
even if he offered as he refuses point
blank to wear the lovely shepherds outfit
I made for him. Iím not sure if it was
the costume or the sandals he objected
to. Actually, I think he was offended
that I didnít make him one of the three
wise men but I didn't have any gold,
frankincense or myrrh lying about!
Anyway I am too busy worrying about
what I can wear for Christmas Dickensian
Day in our local village to care. (Iíve
made him a costume for that too but
he doesnít know it yet -I think Iíll
just surprise him) If I play my cards
right and bribe him with chocolate I
might manage to persuade my three year
old nephew to dress up as a baby lamb,
he has a cute little face and usually
goes about on all fours anyway so I
think heíll do it.
Iíve told the teenagers that vampires
are strictly for Halloween so theyíd
better turn up in something more appropriate
this year. They usually look like characters
from Twighlight but am not having that.
They can come as elves and jolly well
enjoy themselves. Iím off to see if
the local Garden centre have got their
act together and put the baubles out
yet, last week it was still full of
plants would you believe. You just canít
get the staff!
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