Yes it’s that time of the year again – there are only 24 sleeps until the most wonderful time of the year! I thought I would share this delightful video with you all that I found online the other day. I just couldn’t stop smiling through it. While we all have our favourite songs and their corresponding singers, it’s this time of year where we all look to our Christmas playlists that take us back to our childhood memories of Santa and the magic surrounding this special time of the year.
Now, Rachel wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t at least mention the religious aspect of Christmas so here’s my brief shout out to it. If you believe in God and Jesus and believe this time of year is special for one reason and one reason only then I’m happy for you, honestly.
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Until recently I had persuaded myself that I agree with you but as things have occurred over the years, I have come to the conclusion that I myself do not hold these beliefs. However, I do still think Christmas is a magical time of the year. It’s the time of year when most of us realise that all too frequently we take our families for granted. We take the time out of our busy lives to spend time with those we care about whether they are related by blood or not. Having not seen my parents since September I can’t wait to get to spend some real time with them.
What many of us seem to forget at this time of year though is that many people don’t have the chance to spend this holiday season with their family and friends. Whether through bereavement, financial problems or family tiffs, so many people now don’t get to spend the holiday season with their loved ones in a warm and sheltered house. Take a second and remember today just how lucky we are really.
Now for the more upbeat side of today’s 24 sleeps post! As the song above reminds us, for many children all over the world, no matter what name they know him by, Santa Claus will be coming to visit the well behaved children soon. For those of us older and apparently wiser folk, we look back at our childhood with nostalgia for the morning of Christmas day when you would race to open all your presents and to play with them as much as you could.
Rachel and I used to have a Christmas tradition that still holds slightly even now we are older. When we were younger, it was very common for us to wake early with that excited butterfly feeling. Rachel would come in and jump into my bed as we tried to guess what Santa had left downstairs for us. At 7:30 I would sneak downstairs to check that Santa had actually been. After the all clear was given, Rachel would come down too and we would stand in awe of all the marvellous presents that were wrapped and left on the sofas. We would storm back up the stairs to drag Mum and Dad out of bed to come see everything we had been left and the 5 minute wait that we had before opening presents so that they could get their cup of tea seemed like torture!
Now though, as I’m sure you’re aware, we know about Santa. Now ‘s a slightly more relaxed rush to open presents as we always have at least one Granny staying with us on Christmas Eve.
This year, we will be in Dundee for Christmas so I really hope some of the young excitement will rub off on us from our younger cousins. Although if they try and sleep later than 8 I will personally pour the bucket of cold water over them! Only joking…
Anyway, I hope for the rest of today you have a great day! Let me know of any Santa traditions you had as a child, I’d love to hear them!