This Christmas is very different from all the ones I have seen in the past 29 years. My family lives in Lincolnshire and its sort of tradition that I would make journey home to join in with the traditional festivities.
This year – I am spending Christmas at home with my beautiful wife-to-be. On either side of the Christmas festivities, Natalie and I are heading to see family on both sides. Right now, we’re spending 5 days with Natalie’s parents and having a mini-Christmas. In the new year, we travel 150 odd miles to visit my family for, what will be, our third Christmas.
I am not used to spending Christmas in my own home, let alone the added challenge of cooking a full turkey roast on the big day. This will probably come with copious amounts of “Christmas cheer” and watching films that are traditionally put on over the holidays.
Last week, we stocked up on food supplies, and gone nuts in decorating our living room with Christmas paraphernalia. I have never put up Christmas decorations when I lived alone. Mainly because it’s seen as a major faff – especially when you’re the only one that can enjoy your finished festive masterpiece. But you know, I thoroughly enjoyed spending a Saturday with Natalie, putting up our new 6ft tree. We made it glow like a nuke reactor with some very powerful lights, that have 50 light settings that resembles a test for epilepsy.
Am I going soft in my old age? Most probably – but you know what, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂
I wish you all a festive Christmas and happy, prosperous new year.
As a special treat…here’s our guinea pig, Louis, eyeing up Christmas dinner…