All these little things

Well it’s Christmas Eve and the presents are wrapped, the food shop is done and it’s time to share some of the little things that Christmas means to me. Although it can be a stressful time, this year I’ve really made an effort to focus on the little things that make me smile during the festive season; the things that remind me of the childlike wonder of Christmas. Here are my little things:

- Getting excited about opening my advent calendar every morning on the lead up to Christmas- I’m such a kid at heart.

- Watching Home Alone with my brother and reciting all the words. This year, we both went to see it at the Dukes cinema. I cannot begin to tell you just how excited I was.

- The first bite of a mince pie with brandy butter, inevitably leading to a mince pie addiction that spans Christmas, New Year and half of January.

- Going to watch the Slightly Fat Features Christmas Cabaret at the Dukes theatre- it’s become a family tradition for us now. We all get dressed up and have a ruddy good laugh.

- My annual Christmas soiree where I invite my family ’round for mulled wine, mulled cider and mince pies. The house is filled with yummy smells and lots of laughter.

- Candles on the hearth, especially my favourite scented Lily Flame candle, Warm Welcome.

- Listening to Christmas songs while cleaning the house in preparation for Christmas Day. Frank Sinatra is always good, and I’m partial to the Home Alone soundtrack too.

- Late night shopping in Lancaster. There’s just something exciting about shopping when really the shops should be closed.

- Sitting on the living room floor and wrapping presents while watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

- Walking on freshly fallen snow. Unfortunately we don’t get enough of it ’round our way (up north but too close to the sea) so this doesn’t happen often.

- Leaving out a mince pie and a glass of sherry for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve and finding that on Christmas morning there’s a bite out of the pie, the sherry has been slurped and there are “snowy” (icing sugar!) footprints on the hearth.

These are just some of the little things that keep me going through the festive season. Sometimes it’s all about opening that tiny window on your advent calendar or watching a sentimental Christmas film from your childhood. Now I’ve told you mine, what are your Christmas little things?