You would be forgiven for thinking that it was mere days away from Christmas Day if you looked at the average high street in the UK. But alas, it’s still November and we’re still quite far away from the big day.
But I’ve already started thinking about Christmas Day (damn you, Starbucks, and your festive cups) and I thought back to previous Christmas Days. There’s the usual array of expensive presents, reruns of old comedy shows, and the traditional family punch-up.
What disappointed me was that not all of these Christmas years were particularly happy ones. Now I’m not interested in blaming anyone for that. What I am interested in is making this Christmas a happy one. Call me old fashioned, I know.
So am I trying to do differently this year?
I’m not refusing to buy presents so, as a family, we can rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. I’m not crazy and I’m not THAT cheap. What I’m doing this year is leaving.
That’s right, I’m taking the whole family and we’re getting away from the usual Christmas setting.
Some people will tell you that if you’re not happy somewhere you need to change your environment. To avoid some of the downsides of previous festive seasons, I’m taking that advice to heart and we’re going somewhere else.
I wish I could take everyone to the Swiss Alps or some fantastical festive town in Lapland, but I lack the funds for that. So we’re literally going an hour away to the coast. We’re going self-catering and we’re going to enjoy our Christmas in a cottage overlooking the sea.
I’ve learned that if you want to be happier you need to temper your expectations. I’m going into this not knowing if it will be the answer I’ve been looking for or that it won’t be a complete disaster. I’m just taking it as it comes. The family are all excited about it when I revealed it just a few days ago.
Not saying that this is going to become our Christmas tradition, but I think a break away from the usual will do a lot to reinvigorate everyone’s Christmas spirit.
I think this is something everyone can do in life, and should aim to do. If you think the grass may be greener on the other side, do it.
Where will you be spending Christmas Day this year?