It's almost Christmas but it's weird, it hasn't really felt like it because the weather has turned so mild. It doesn't even feel like winter.

But getting all the presents wrapped and smelling the Christmas cake cooking yesterday started to get things back on track and our family Christmas Eve traditions will kick in later.

It's funny sometimes how our emotions and feelings are guided by our preconceptions and expectations.

I can't remember the last time I saw a white Christmas. Yet, even though the chances of getting one where I live are always slim, we still associate snow with Christmas.

We've been programmed by media and marketing to adhere to this romanticised vision of the holidays even if we know we aren't going to get it. Yes, it usually gets cold but that's about as far as it goes.

It's like comparing our lives to those we follow on social networks - believing that the stories they tell are truth when they are, in fact, carefully curated impressions.

But we don't mind, we play along with this perfect vision of Christmas because it's the one time of year we feel it could actually come true.

#bypen

  1. Colin Walker says: #
    My wife had been soaking the fruit in booze for weeks so it was just a case of mixing & cooking. Personally, I don't like fruit cake but I’m told they're very nice πŸ€ͺ

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