Christmas…In August…

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
So since we’ve no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Yes, I’m aware that Christmas is still 132 days away (and yes, I’m counting). But that doesn’t mean I can’t love it from afar, right? What brings me to this topic? a) I am a sucker for Christmas, and b) the fact that I’m on break means I have more time to watch TV.

Ergo, I watch far too many sitcoms and bad teen dramas.

And every so often, there’s a Christmas episode. So this morning I sat through one of the ‘Christmukkah’ episodes of ‘The O.C.’. Now, I stopped watching this show after the first season, but so great is my weakness for the Christmas episode that I sat through the whole hour, (w)rapt.

I am, in short, a Christmas nut. I love shopping for gifts and writing cards and rehearsing songs and writing lists. I love church services and work drinks and friends coming over and family functions. I have a bag of decorations for my classroom that shoot up on the evening of Advent Sunday. I co-ordinate the Christmas tree decorating and Christmas card delivering for my building at school. I bake cookies, make decorations, lovingly send of secret sister packages. This year I’m gonna make cards also (Banana always does and they are awesome). I love the season of giving and sharing. I love the hope Christmas gives for the rest of the year.

I love the shopping malls with their tinny renditions of Christmas pop hits; I get teary at a chorister singing the first verse of ‘Once In Royal David’s City’ (that used to be me, haha!); I sing along whilst marking to ‘Fairytale of New York’; I dance with my munchkins to ‘Christmas Rapping’; I listen to Nat ‘King’ Cole crooning ‘O Holy Night’ as I drink hot chocolate in my PJs, look out at the frosty garden, and think of Christmases past, and dream of those still to come.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, and I’m looking forward to it already!


Have a great day!



  1. bee
    15th August 2006 / 2:06 pm

    what a cute fricking post. i have not yet started to think of christmas, but i’m looking forward to it now…i think i’m erasing yesterday’s post, by the way (too depressing) but thank you for the lovely comment.

  2. Britmum
    15th August 2006 / 3:00 pm

    ummmmm Clare its August…..!!! I love Christmas too although it has become a lot of hard work and of course it shouldn’t be. I guess I make it that way.O.k.well I would love to see one of your homemade cards.Take care xx

  3. Bossy♥'s YOU
    15th August 2006 / 4:16 pm

    I would enoy chirstmas more if it was in july..i love the songs, love the food..hate the shopping and money spending, and with 3 kids, it is very pricey.i love decorating, but hate to un decorate..i want the shit down chirstmas morning..”im dreaming of a white chirstmas”..NOT:)

  4. Cinderella
    16th August 2006 / 4:21 am

    Awww you and my dad would get a long so well!!I love Christmas now that I am a parent, it has a whole new meaning to it..My daughter loves it and it makes me happy to see her so excited…it’s truly and awesome time of the year!!*Jingles bells*

  5. Cinderella
    16th August 2006 / 4:22 am

    an* awesome time of the year! Why do I always do that?!? lol

  6. Heart Of Darkness
    16th August 2006 / 6:45 am

    I hate Christmas. Okay, not Christmas itself, just the commercialization of it, and the expectations surrounding it.What do you do when you’re the only child of a single mum that’s the only child herself, and a family Christmas of two seems redundant? I mean, okay for the gifts and Christmas dinner, but tree? I’m 20-fucking-5 already! It’s not like a believe in Santa Claus anyway (because I never get what I truly want… :'( )Plus, the true meaning of Christmas? Who can remember, standing in another countless dressed-up shop with tinsle and balls and glitter surrounding you… Just slap some green paint on me and call me The Grinch!

  7. cammo
    17th August 2006 / 3:41 pm

    LOL.Thanks for reminding me it’s winter down here :pActually, the last few days haven’t been too bad, it’s warming up agai And Christmas in summer is GREAT. So much more casual. chuck a few snags on the barbie and good times are had by all! I think the best thing about it is the option to go to the beach afterwards (definitely an option around here because the trains still run on Christmas day).Having said that, I would love to experience a snow-filled Christmas at some point in my life. I’ve only physically seen and touched snow ONCE in my entire life.I’m not kidding.

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