In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Getting Seasonal.”

At the risk of sounding like Mr E Scrooge I shall start by saying that I am not usually a big fan of Christmas.  I dislike being force fed a diet of how it is the most wonderful time of the year, how everything should be perfect and the struggle to try to find the perfect gifts for people in overcrowded shops.  The stress of trying to create the perfect meal on Christmas day and so on.  I also detest the fact that these days Christmas is more about how much shops and retailers can get you to spend than it is about a religious holiday.

This year however things are different.  Tomorrow my wife and I are off to a little one day festival.  Eight live bands over 12 hours in a heated marquee, a range of cask ales and over 30 ciders on offer 🙂 .

On Tuesday my wife leaves her job ready to have three weeks of before taking on a new challenge in the New Year.  On Christmas Day we are going to visit my sister so no cooking to do.  On New Years Eve we are going to my other sisters, again no stress or no cooking to do.  In short all the pressure is off us this year and that is why I am looking forward to christmas for the first time in years 🙂

Merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all of you.

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