I realised something at the weekend. For it to truly feel like Christmas all that was needed was a fully decorated Christmas tree in the living room. After that, memories of past Christmasses, the excitement, anticipation and festive feeling - it was all there.
Having spent the last two months at work singing along to all the classic Christmas songs and dressing up as a reindeer and gingerbread lady on a few occasions, as well as sampling every single Christmas drink on the menu, you'd think I'd be in the Christmas spirit by now. Even spending 1st December in true Christmas snuggle Sunday fashion, it wasn't until Saturday that I felt Christmas was well and truly upon us.
The Christmas tree makes it. A new one every year dressed in decorations from our Christmas box - old and new - there are lots of memories in there that conjure up that Christmas feeling each year.
A lot of the decorations on our tree are even older than me. I remember when I was about five, I was decorating the tree with these baubles, helping my mum tie the ribbon through each one, and onto the branches of the tree. Memories like that are what make us think Christmas feels like something. Christmas feels like that; like a memory we have from a past Christmas.
I think I am going to watch Meet Me in St Louis today. Judy Garland's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is probably my favourite Christmas song and is so apt this year.
Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you have a lovely day wherever you are, whatever you are doing.