It’s almost that time of year again, where you let your Grandma have your seat on the sofa, so you can sit on that box of Lego in the corner, trying to watch the Queen’s speech whilst the 5 year olds show you their latest ballet routine to the new Frozen soundtrack.

Being completely honest, I never normally look forward to Christmas until I take my annual trip to Alexandra Palace for the darts. This is usually followed by a trip to the Christmas market with the Curry Club boys a few days later. That’s when it starts to feel Christmassy and I get into the Christmas spirit.

It’s started a lot earlier for me this year though and I’m really enjoying it. Is something wrong with me.. (seriously, lets not open that door right now). Maybe its because its the first time in 15 years that I’m not working in a massive office with hundreds of people; with someone organising secret Santa in July, and agonising over what to get Beryl with their £10 budget!

Maybe its because we listen to what we want in the office, and so my ears weren’t subjected to Noddy Holder shouting the house down in October? Or maybe I’m growing as a person and getting less annoyed with things in my old age?  Oh God, I hope its not this!

Previously things like today would’ve nagged at me a bit, but I’m actually buzzing instead. Why would today nag at me? Well, its because its our work Christmas night out, and its November! And I’ve already been to the Birmingham Christmas market too. However I definitely draw the line at trees being up by now, this is just ridiculous – give it at least another week guys!

There are some Christmas things that are perfectly acceptable in January, February, March (you get the picture)… By things, I mean one thing, and by one thing I mean PIGS IN BLANKETS – probably the best Christmas invention! They are the best thing about Christmas for me and I would happily bang some in the oven in the height of summer.

With me being later than most to get in the Christmas spirit, I usually start watching all the films with a week or so to go, saving the best until Christmas Eve to really get in the mood for a bearded stranger to break into your house in the middle of the night…

Elf is my film of choice; I religiously watch it each Christmas Eve followed by a few drinks with friends, not too many of course (?) as the last thing I want is for Santa to takes me off the nice list and leave me a lump of coal. So far I have managed to be on the nice list for 34 consecutive years now – check me out.

Home Alone and Die Hard are close behind Elf as my favourite Christmas movies, and I’m about to drop a bombshell here, so look away if you’re not ready to be shocked right now… I have never seen The Grinch, so will be partaking in that for the first time this year, which I’m looking forward to, and its still November – that’s it, I’m definitely broken!

Right, I’m off for Christmas celebrations in November!

Have a great weekend.

Danny B

Dan Beecher

Rec2Rec Consultant

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