I’m one of those. You know those people that just love Christmas. All of it. All the time. We have our decorations up mid-November. I have Christmas PJs, Christmas t-shirts, Christmas hats, Christmas socks… I even have a big pair of elf slippers. I’ve got Christmas jumpers that sing and even one that lights up (although I’ve put them all somewhere and can’t find them!). I’m not at all fussed by the manic shoppers, the full carparks and the queues. To me, Christmas is magic. It’s a feeling. it’s certainly not just for one day.
Whilst I’m not a religious person, I believe Christmas is a whole season of goodwill. People are much more charitable. We remember people that aren’t with us any more or even friends we’ve not seen in a while. Just this week I’ve seen some fantastic campaigns going on where people are working tirelessly and selflessly to help others. Hannah is trying to fund her Randon Acts of Kindness Scheme, Jaime has done so much for Women’s Aid with her reverse advent and then there is Sarah, mum of Hadley, who is taking a picture of herself on the loo, all over advent to raise awareness of the lack of suitable toilet areas for people with disabilities.
I mean, if those three alone don’t give you the festive feels, I don’t know what will. But even if we aren’t doing these big acts of kindness, the little ones really count too. People are more likely to donate to food banks or buy an extra gift at Christmas. People offer their spare seats at the dinner table to people that are alone. They buy gifts for their elderly neighbours, just because. I get a bit emotional at Christmas because it’s one time of year when you can truly see the good in people.
Of course, there are twinkly decorations, the smiles and excitement on my kids faces as they tear open their presents, the laughter with my sisters as we play another ridiculous game, Oh, and dont forget the pigs in blankets… but for me, the biggest thing I love about Christmas.. is the kindness of others.
I asked some other bloggers what it is they love about Christmas. Here are some of their responses.