Let’s set the tone… turn the speakers up, pop your headphones in, and give this album a listen: Thea Gilmore – Strange Communion. If you’ve not heard it before, this is one of my favourite Christmas albums.
I love Christmas. Continuing the Uborkan trend to date, I don’t really fall into the “Christ” bit of Christmas, but I go with something I heard Mitch Benn say: “If only Christians can use the word “Christmas”, then only Vikings can use the word “Thursday””
Despite my dislike of formal religion (a discussion for another time) I have a big love of ritual, especially around seasons. I have huge plans for an epic season tree that we are going to make which will be part Christmas tree, part nature table and will be decorated throughout the year to match the seasons. I’m looking forward to knitted pumpkins, paper tulips and scavenged conkers.
Neil and I are slowly building up our own rituals, the main one so far is that each year we buy ourselves one special Christmas decoration to go on our (currently very small – about 2ft, black plastic) tree.
5 Christmases, 5 decorations. There are other bits on the tree, but these ones tell a little bit of a story of us, and that’s really exciting for me.
Christmas day itself for me is about good food, friends and family, and lots of laughter. Slightly drunken laughter preferably. And lots and lots of silly games.