It is just about that time of year again, one of my least favourite it has to be said, although Sands is a pretty big fan! I think I am just permanently scarred from the over the top commercialism that Christmas has become in the UK.
I have become more accepting of Christmas since we lived in Spain as they have a much more down to earth approach to it. No over the top advertising from November onwards, no last minute shopping; they work up until lunch time on Christmas Eve, then have their main celebration at home in the evening with their family. Christmas Day is a relaxing day with no big fuss, and then back to work on the 26th. The main present day is the 6th january, know as Three Kings Day.
So we have none of the commercial falseness that I think Christmas has become, no huge round of parties and lunches ‘just because’ it is Christmas, and over the years we have really cut back on giving gifts and tend to support charities and good causes more.
Left to my own choice I wouldn’t bother with any Christmas decorations either as I have this huge problem with ‘ruining’ the way I like the apartment to look, but Sands wins out on that one every year, and I must admit that although she doesn’t go overboard at all she has picked up some nice enough bits and pieces. Moreno certainly likes them, and I am enjoying the ongoing battle between Moreno and Sands over the Christmas Tree.
This year Sands mother will be with us for a week, so it will be just the three of us on Christmas Day. I think Sands and her mother have a few ‘girlie’ coffees and drinks sorted out but I have absolutely no plans at all, or intentions of making any. Actually that is a lie – there is a high probability that I will be going down to Mac Gowens Christmas morning to drink a few pints of Guinness.