What do you mean, “It’s Christmas”?
Oh dear, it’s crept up on me again. Thankfully, this year I did everything early in the hope that I’d be ready before the day arrived.
Wrap presents? Check.
Do food shopping? Check.
Prepare for festive visitors? Check.
Get ready to punch Santa on the nose if my presents are rubbish? Check.
But – and it’s a big but (resist temptation for poor-taste J-Lo joke) – there is one thing missing this year: the major pre-Christmas panic. This time last year I was diagnosed with cancer. Unsurprisingly, this put a bit of a damper on Christmas, as I was waiting until January for the test results.
Obviously, the whole experience has changed my attitude to life in many ways. For example I no longer stress about deadlines, – much to my editor’s dismay, though it should be noted that ‘Patricians’ is finally finished! – and I’m more relaxed about life in general – except idiot drivers: I still shout a lot at bad drivers!
Probably the main difference is that I no longer take life for granted. Savour it: live every day: take the time to look around you – the world’s not a bad place, even though there are some bad people in it.
So my Christmas message this year is to enjoy the holidays. I would like to wish everybody a great Christmas, and I hope that 2015 will be a lot, lot better than 2014 for everybody.
Yet I would like to finish on a personal note. More importantly than anything else, this year has taught me to appreciate what I have. I have a gorgeous wife, a cute and intelligent son, a supportive family and good friends. In fact, with only a few alterations – for example Burnley winning more games, starting with beating Liverpool on Boxing Day – I would go so far as to say that my life is just about perfect.
Now you can see why I put Santa at the end of my ‘to do’ list. If Santa doesn’t bring the correct presents, and so ruins Christmas, he’s going to get such a kicking!
Happy Christmas Everybody!