November is here and Christmas just around the corner.

Can you believe it? November has arrived and some shops already have Christmas decorations up and that type of merchandise in their stores. It seems that people can do their own thing for the rest of the year but they get together on one day, buy gifts for others, receive gifts, some of which they didn’t really want or need, and have a fun day.

Most people eat and drink too much and there are always leftovers for the next few days, regardless of how much food was eaten.

I feel sorry for the people who have lunch at one home and dinner at another because of bigger sized families. How do you possibly fit in a double helping of each food? I am glad I don’t have to do that.

If you want to enjoy the lead up to the “big day,” plan ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy gifts and food and drink and whatever else you need to make Christmas your own. Make a list, check it twice, and go shopping as soon as possible, while you have the chance, because nobody deserves the stress of shopping just before the stores close on Christmas Eve.

I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas. I really don’t as such. I look at it as a time for my parents, sister and I to get together and have a nice meal. I don’t drive so family time is nice when it happens.

There are plenty of other religions that don’t celebrate Christmas but December 25th doesn’t have to be acknowledged in that way if you don’t want to. Just enjoy life and time with loved ones and your day will be special.

If you’re working that day, especially in hotels and restaurants, enjoy helping others enjoy their day and you’ll feel good about that.

Regardless of what’s happening in the lead up to Christmas, I will be online every day, writing, editing and proofreading whatever I have to do and loving every minute of it.So get organised and plan ahead so you can relax when it’s time. Everybody deserves a break from whatever they normally do.

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