I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that Christmas is on its way? The constant Christmas adverts, busy shops and status updates about hangovers might’ve alerted you? Whatever it was, it’s certainly hard to get away from the imminent arrival of the big day.
I’m enjoying the countdown to Christmas but trying not to get carried away with it all. Whilst not meaning to sound like Scrooge, it’s all a bit expensive, or rather it could be if you didn’t keep yourself in check. Whilst the retailers would love it if we bought presents for everyone we know, the bars would be happy if we went out every night over Christmas and the supermarkets would be delighted if we ate continually for 7 days, it’s not really ideal for most of us.
I don’t really want to get into the binge and diet model that seems to have become the standard at this time of year. I also won’t buy into the splash out on lots of presents and get yourself into debt norm. What I will buy into is the rest and relaxation, the catching up with family and friends, the nice food and drink (but not the excessive amounts) and the lack of routine. Yes I’m really looking forward to getting up when I fancy, then doing whatever I choose.
You see like Mariah, I don’t want a lot for Christmas, but what I do want is one of the most precious gifts of all – time. Time to do what I want, when I want. It’s not often that we have completely free days, there’s always something to do or somewhere to be. Our weeks are busy with work and our weekends are busy with catching up on stuff around the house and socialising. There never seems to be enough time to see everyone we want to see. Well Christmas provides us with the opportunity to see family and friends, catch up on some quality sleep, do stuff around the house (if we want to), watch TV, go for lovely walks, eat nice food…. Oh and do some running. Whatever it is that makes you happy.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. I hope you all stay happy and healthy throughout the Festive Season.