It is that time of the year again. Parents are stressing about what to get for their kids while the kids are eagerly awaiting the man in the big red coat. It is a time when families from near and far come together to enjoy each others company(hopefully). The towns and cities are buzzing with eager shoppers while for some it is just another day in the calendar. Students are busy studying for exams which could shape their future. Every where you look you cannot escape the fact that Christmas is coming. From the first of December the countdown really begins. Lights are switched on in most places while trees and decorations spring up in every household. Whether it be television or radio even the biggest Grinch could not help but get into the Christmas spirit. It is the conclusion of one year and the beginning of another. Resolutions are made (and broken) before we reach the second of January. For some it is a sentimental time of the year. Memories of lost loved ones are rekindled. For others it is the realisation that loved ones are thousands of miles away at this special time of the year.
We all have our favourite shows and movies that we look forward to viewing over the coming few weeks. I love nothing more than sitting in front of an open fire and turning on Miracle on 34th street. It is like a tradition that my family and I attend mass on Christmas Eve, then head home and then throw on our favourite festive film. It rekindles memories of my childhood and brings back great memories. The excitement of the imminent arrival of the man from the North Pole. I sometimes miss the buzz and excitement from my childhood of Christmas Eve. It is such a special time of the year for children and young families.