Can you feel it? Can you sense it? The change in the weather. The cold winds picking up. The leaves turning. The miserable staff in the office because it’s starting to get darker. That’s right, the countdown to Christmas has started!

It’s less than 90 days until we can endure…sorry I mean enjoy, our families round each other’s houses. Screaming kids over excited at the mass produced plastic in boxes from China and the immense amounts of mess they create. The one perma-drunk member of the family creating an atmosphere. The enormous amounts of food and effort to cook it just for half to be left over! The big Christmas tree stuck in the corner taking up half the room!

I am being rather cynical aren’t I? I really do love Christmas. It’s the only time I truly get to wind down, not think about work for a good fortnight and enjoy some time with the most important girl in my life!

I love the decorations on houses. I know a lot of them are tacky and cheap, but it does signify that people are going out of their way to make an effort and make the street look festive. I love sitting round the table with the family and eating a massive Christmas dinner. I like the warmth that only Christmas brings.

There are some in our industry who are dead against Christmas. For what reason I don’t know. I think some are just too dedicated to work to know how to relax. Maybe they are just too focused on the money and have forgotten what life is really about. For me, it’s the best time of year for me to let my hair down, forget about my responsibilities and enjoy some of the free time I have!