Today is the first Sunday in Advent. This marks the official start of the Christmas season. (Shopkeepers seem to think it starts the day after Easter, but they are incorrect.) Advent, followed by Christmas Day and then the Twelve Days of Christmas. Fabulous.
I love Christmas. I enjoy the excess and the colours, the music and the parties, the posting of gifts and the waiting for something special.
We are already well into our second Christmas cake and enjoying every slice. I have made jars of chutney to include in some hampers with other gourmet treats. There is a plentiful supply of handmade cards and the first one will be used today when I write the weekly letter to our son. Friends are holding a Christmas barbeque next weekend, with a turkey and all the trimmings. This week is the Christmas party for my knitting group. Gossip time!
What is Christmas time for me? Stone fruits, mangoes, cheesecake, barbeques, swimming, Christmas cake, cards, costumes, parcels, mince pies, Christmas carols, fancy biscuits, salads, decorations, Christmas trees, lights, phone calls, parties, and singing.