Scenes From Christmas

Here are some hristmas — the most wonderful time of the year.

Not sure about anyone else but, for me, Christmas literally starts on December 1st.

There is a frisson in the air — almost like a light being switched on — that happens the minute the calendar moves on from November.

But as I’ve got older I’ve realised that the anticipation of Christmas is sometimes better than the real thing.

And I don’t mean I don’t enjoy the day itself — I really, really do — but I used to look forward to Christmas day so much, I almost wished away the time leading up to it.

And then I always felt a bit cheated, as it was over so quickly.

With that in mind, these days I tend to celebrate each day of December.

Spinning the entire month out and enjoying the whole lead up to the day itself is a great way of making you feel as though you’ve really had your fill of the festivities.

For me, Christmas is all about family.

Spending time with friends and loved ones — and really making the most of the fact that everyone is off work at the same time — is a wonderful thing.

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Our cake topper says it all — Christmas is all about family.
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My beautiful niece.
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Christmas dinner with the elves.
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No more presents?
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Scenes from last Christmas.
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Chief Elf.
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Incognito.
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Papa looking distinctly Father Christmas-like
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Magic of Christmas
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Haha! Love Cosmo’s expression.

I thank my lucky stars that my family and the majority of our closest friends are based in the UK.

Due to life getting in the way, we sometimes go for months without seeing each other; safe in the knowledge that we’ll be reunited during the Christmas holidays.

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