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'Tis the season to be jolly.......

How exciting!
It is Christmas time again!
Isn't Christmas simply the most wonderful time of the year?

I know there are some bah humbug folk out there who balk at Christmas
so today I am taking it upon myself to show you why I love Christmas,
and I promise it is not all materialistic goodness!

1. Singing.
There are countless cheesy Christmas songs out there that cause us all to groan inwardly.
Personally when I hear Noddy Holder screech "It's Christmas", I cringe.
Don't even get me started on the X Factor winner's single. Blugh.
However,
along with all this vomit inducing tripe there is caroling, and Fairytale of New York and my personal favourite:

Then there are the hymns. I'm not a church goer by any means but Christmas services are so enjoyable and peaceful. There is nothing I love more than listening to a choir joined together in harmony, singing from their souls. One song that I especially love is 'Oh Holy Night'. It is one my sister and I used to harmonize to as teens and always brings a smile to my lips and a tear to my eye.
And how about Mr. Bocelli himself with this beauty?

Or a little Enya?

2. Children

I have often heard people mutter that Christmas is only enjoyable for children or for those with young children. Balderdash to that is what I say.
It would take a heart of stone not to get caught up in the excitement of Santa Claus and selection boxes. 
The chatter of kiddies as they tell each other about the reindeers etc. is wonderful to over hear and the pride in which they parade their goodies after Christmas is adorable. I can't wait to see James' nieces and nephews over the coming weeks to get their lowdown on Christmas. It will be wonderful! If I can get a skype or two to Ireland in the meantime then even better!

3. Dinner.
Yup. The dinner. Probably the most anticipated meal of the year. Brussels sprouts, bacon, roasties, stuffing and the bird of your choice! What's not to love! This year I have just Christmas Day off work so after a lie-in and dinner I plan to indulge in an Irish coffee or two and snooze on the couch while watching Christmas TV.
This brings me to my next point

4. Christmas movies
I have a couple of Christmas musts
Muppets Christmas Carol

It's a Wonderful Life
and one that I've recently been introduced to 
A Christmas Story

And the ads...

5. As a kid, Christmas was not complete without the Zig and Zag Christmas adventure. 
How many of you remember this?
6. Finally,
Family and friends.
Christmas is a time when we can show people we love just how much they truly mean to us.
It is a time of being thoughtful and friendly
Loving and joyful
and for the majority ends up with the 12 pubs of Christmas or some other troublesome activity.

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family.
I have loved sharing  2012 with you and I look forward to doing the same in 2013.
Nollaig Shona daoibh mo chairde. Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arĂ­s. 

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