First Christmas photo I found, taken years ago!
At school, writing Christmas cards was as exciting as it got, yet I always felt super guilty when someone I hadn't written for, handed me an envelope and I had to awkwardly respond that I'd 'forgotten' theirs and would bring it in the next day! We had a massive tree in our hall, school Christmas dinner, Christmas assembly and to finish the term off - a Christmas service at our local church. And what made it extra special was that the older year you were in, the higher up you got to sit - thrilling stuff.
Once we'd broken up for the holidays, the fun would continue. Decorating the tree, playing the Christmas tape in the car and most importantly - writing your Christmas list straight from the Argos catalogue - nothing could beat it. And when it came to Christmas itself, getting to sleep on the eve was practically impossible and the next day you woke up feeling like you'd won the lottery.
And I guess that's what I miss about getting older - the excitement. Sure, you still get presents, but the unknown arrival of them is taken away and the pile gets less and less each year. So that's why this year I'm trying to do everything to get in the Christmassy mood. I've been to the Xmas markets in Manchester twice, I'm going to download Christmas songs, buy a festive jumper, wrap as many presents as I can and play some season tunes on my piano.
What things do you do to get you in the Christmassy mood?