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In the festive mood...

Reem Antoon

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go!

Well, it is now for me!

I don’t actually know why but my ‘festive mood’ began a bit late this year.

Usually, by the time Halloween ends I am ready to jingle all the way!

But this year, for some reason, my ‘decking the halls’ and decorating the tree began quite late!

However still managed to have the tree up by December 1.

Honestly, I cannot say why, because to those who know me, know that Christmas truly is my favourite time of the year, hands down, there is no other season quite like it.

Let’s be honest we all know Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!

To be honest what’s not to like about it?

The weather, the gift giving, and the getting!

As well as the decorations, the family gatherings, the feeling of cosiness, love, joy and all that.

Well, I am happy to report, that although it was late in coming, it came nevertheless and I am so psyched about Christmas and cannot wait for next week!

For those ‘humbug’ kind of people out there well December doesn’t have to be a month of complete joy, but it is a good excuse to make the effort to change your mood if you want to.

I mean don’t expect to feel magically different, but do take time to be a little kinder to yourself.

Perhaps bake festive cakes to enjoy with friends and family.

Watch silly old movies!

A survey of 2,000 people for the UK Post Office has revealed Brits only get into Christmas spirit from 7 pm on Christmas Eve.

However, it found that putting decorations up earlier can make you feel happier by reminding you of your childhood before you had to deal with the responsibilities and stresses of adulthood!

I love putting up the decorations and my two teenage girls absolutely love doing up the tree with me while singing along to well-loved carols.

“In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate with things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood,” says psychoanalyst, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic Steve McKeown.

The survey shows that for one in six people (16 per cent), it takes until the end of Christmas Day to get the festive feeling, while 17pc actually enjoy Boxing Day more than Christmas Day itself.

Decorating the Christmas tree is the favourite festive task with 38pc citing it as top of the list to kick-start the seasonal joy.

To be perfectly honest, many don’t do Christmas like the Munro/Uchi family does!

We do tend to go slightly over the top...and I am not embarrassed to admit it!

From a personal perspective, it means a tonne to me. It connects me to my childhood and allows me to make and create memories with my own family and friends.

And because it is a magical time of the year just as the song goes...

A tale of love that never dies

The laughter in the children’s eyes

The child in me is always there

Christmas is my favourite time of year