Drove into Bromley for some last-minute chocolate purchases, and it's lucky I did because otherwise I wouldn't have seen the incredibly cute animatronic husky that Woollies had decided to stick in their window next to a scary giant snowman. Awww. (Is it me or are the shops far less crowded than they generally are this time of year? I did see a few people looking panicky and clasping Fisher Price garages, but the vast majority looked as though they'd done all the Christmas shopping in September and had just popped out for a stroll in the mall.)
Anyway. I love Christmas. I really really do. Christmas Day for me is so magical as to be unreal, removed from space and time in a dimension of its own. Reality is suspended. You eat and drink way too much without worry or guilt, there's no mail and no news. Time stands still. In my family nobody uses the computer on Christmas Day, which makes it an exceptional day indeed.
I think I can honestly say that I like the giving part of presents as much as the receiving; this was not true when I was little, but now I'm earning I can not only afford better presents for other people, which makes me feel that their pleasure on opening my gifts might not be faked, but also buy myself anything I don't get after Christmas, which removes the feeling that one's heart will break if one doesn't get the item at the top of the present list (usually, in my case, Thundercats-related).
That said, the best part of my Christmas is the stocking. This has to be woollen, so it stretches over the presents to reveal mysterious lumps and bumps within and makes the correct rustling sound. A tangerine and a net of chocolate money among the contents are obligatory too. If I could choose the time and manner of my death, I would keel over just as I was unwrapping the first stocking present, with my anticipation at its peak. Though I suppose that might rather wreck Christmas for everyone else.
Do other people have books that they always like to re-read at Christmas? My list, for your contemplation:
- The Hundred and One Dalmatians
- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
- A Christmas Carol
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service
*hugs with holly on*