Nostalgia plays a massive part in that feeling of loss we experience when Christmas Day stops being a never-ending ride of joy and inexplicable magic. Because, if we’re being honest with ourselves and can stretch our memories far enough, you’d probably remember that yes, the present un-wrapping and endless supply of party food was amazing, but that at some point during the 25th December you were bored and you were tired and you probably did have a tantrum/strop of some sort.
So things haven’t really changed that much have they?
I had a lovely Christmas Day; my time was spent between my parents, and my sister-in-law’s houses. There are always a lot of family members to be with and I’m very lucky that we all get on so well (over at the sister in-laws, it’s not quite the same story)!
My mum did a cracking job with our dinner – Turkey, Gammon and all the trimmings, plus my Dad is a generous man and always buys a round of scratch cards for the table – I won £10!
In the evening, once the initial food-coma’s had worn off and people began to wake up, we did something we have never really done on Christmas Day before, and started a series of competitive games.
Connect Four, Blackjack and the most popular one – Beer Pong. I’ll be taking credit for that final one in the years to come when it has become a family tradition! Speaking of, we also all decided to wear Christmas jumpers this year. I’d tried to get that going last year but it didn’t quite have wings… this year though, well just take a look at out photo!
Which leads me to tradition number three, the family portrait. We’ve never done something like that before (thank you new camera and tripod) but we all loved the outcome and will definitely be doing another one next year.
So whilst getting older can sometimes mean losing a little of the Christmas magic, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. You just have to look for it in other places, and don’t forget to appreciate that even if you do get bored and tired, you sill have your nearest and dearest around you to keep you company whilst you watch Eastenders disappointedly in your pj’s.
Merry Christmas folks!