Contrary to the vast majority of my friends and family (K.F. Goodacre being a major exception), I actually bloody love Christmas. I love the decorations, the cold weather, the food, the lights, the films, the TV, not having to work… Though it may only be 22 November, I’ve been suckered in by the commercialism of it all. In fact I felt so gosh darned Christmassy on Saturday – probably because they switched on the Christmas lights in my local high street and set up Santa’s Grotto with real life reindeer (pictured) – I actually gave in and put up my Christmas tree… in November. It even has a present beneath it already! I also dressed up Jack Skellington in his Sandy Claws outfit, and stuck snowflakes on my window.
Too early, I hear you say. Well tough! Since doing so I’ve begun to feel really excited about the Christmas holidays and I feel all warm and bubbly inside. I feel like it’s what’s going to get me through the remainder of a quite frankly exhausting year. I have lots to look forward to: Nightwish, going away with my boyfriend, spending time with his family on Christmas Day (mine shall be abandoning me for a Caribbean Cruise)… Due to the fact I’m house-poor at the moment I’ve warned everyone that I’m only going to be buying my boyfriend presents this year, but I’m really looking forward to giving him those!
I even popped into Sainsburys and bought myself a copy of Mog’s Christmas Calamity by Judith Kerr, specially written for Sainsburys in partnership with Harper Collins Childrens Books, the profits of which will go towards Save The Children and improving child literacy across the UK.
I used to read a lot of Mog’s adventures when I was young, and I was so excited when I learned of this initiative. Reading and cats – two of my favourite things! And all for a good cause.
You can watch the short film version of the advert (which you may or may not have seen on the tele) narrated by Emma Thompson below. It’s absolutely wonderful and easily my favourite Christmas advert so far this year! I’m just sad they ran out of Mog toys, because I would have bought one of those too.
Speaking of cats and good causes, do you need any wrapping paper? Are you planning on sending out any Christmas cards? If so, please consider purchasing some from the Cats Protection Christmas Shop here. Every penny goes back into helping the cats make it through the winter and New Year.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend, and that the week ahead of you is a pleasant one.