Maybe it’s because last year I spent Christmas in a hot country for the first time (don’t get me wrong, it was fantastic, just not exactly traditional)
Maybe it’s because next year I know I’ll be spending it somewhere in Asia (most likely the Philippines), away from friends and family again.
Maybe it’s because I’ve quit my job and am therefore enjoying life more already.
Maybe it’s because I know I’ll be getting to spend the day with my two nephews who I know will be very, very excited.
Or maybe it’s just because I’m going soft in my old age.
Whatever the reason, I am feeling SO much more Christmassy than usual this year. I’m normally a bit scrooge-like but not this time. I’m even planning to decorate my desk at work.
In my newfound spirit of enthusiasm for Christmas, I’ve even been getting excited about the emergence of the Christmas lights – and thankfully they are a hell of a lot better than the usual tacky rubbish. Regent Street is covered by nets of lights that look like a giant spider has wound its way down the street casting a huge glowing web over the shoppers. Better still is Carnaby Street, which is full of great big jolly snowmen.
Of course I still haven’t actually attempted any Christmas shopping yet. I think I may leave it a while longer too – because it’s normally enough of an ordeal to kill any Christmas spirit I have!