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!