20 Reasons I Love Coming Home for Christmas
Posted by Caroline Archer December 21, 2016 | 2 min read
- Stealing bits of roast potato – everyone loves their Mum’s roasties best! The caramelised texture is just heavenly.
- Wrapping my girls’ stockings next to a roaring fire while sipping a seasonal Stone’s ginger wine.
- The crisp crunch of frost underfoot whilst we scatter reindeer food on the drive.
- The little cold pink faces of my girls after the crib service as walk home.
- The post-Christmas rustling up of evening food – the doorstop sandwiches with chutneys, to cheeses and cold meats – all topped off with the obligatory straight-from-the-fridge Irish cream brandy to sip.
- Watching old sitcoms from decades gone by on the sofa and laughing together with parents and grandparents.
- Board games with kids – discovering new board games as they grow each year. We still love Guess Who in our family.
- A candlelit bath, very early on Christmas Day listening to the morning service on Radio 4 before the children wake.
- Deliberating over the glistening, sparkly, party season nail polish topcoats in my local beauty salon (the only time of the year that I go ‘all-out’ sparkly!)
- The moment you take off your party heels (and your make-up with Cleanse & Polish™), and settle down for a cosy night in. The ‘chill-out’ with loved ones after the social bit of Christmas is really special family-only time.
- Ad-hoc ‘drinks and craic’ with fabulous close friends and neighbours, with raucous laughter lasting late into the evening.
- Catching your loved one’s eye over lunch or as gifts are exchanged, and feeling that warmth and the joy of deep mutual love.
- Watching my parents with my own children is incredibly special – reliving my own childhood memories, and feeling the special bond that the generations share. Christmas is ageless!
- The smell of a real (sustainably grown) Christmas tree.
- Hotly debating your favourite Christmas pop songs on the radio in the car.
- The emotion of the older generation sharing stories of their own youth – my grandfather used to tell us about his friend who died young in the Second World War. Christmas is about the poignancy of past recollections too.
- Choosing your Christmas Day outfit – party dress, Christmas jumper, designer heels or snowman earrings. I love the eclecticism of Christmas dressing.
- Listening to my little girls singing their hearts out during Christmas Eve mass – it really makes my heart burst (and my eyes water!)
- The cold of the winter air after the warmth of the house on the post-Christmas Day lunch walk. I just love this refreshing, cool pick-me-up after a heavy lunch.
- The first kiss of the morning from my girls on Christmas Day, and waking to hear them shrieking: ‘He’s been! He’s been!’ Nothing beats it.