The children (literally dead on their feet by the final stroke of the clock) showered me with much thanks, many hugs and a ridiculously generous cascade of gifts that were both greatly appreciated and overwhelmingly touching; highlighting all of the reasons that the slog is always worthwhile and that we do indeed change tiny minds everyday for the better. It would be more than fair to say that Christmas definitely came early for me. I don't even need to open another gift now, I have already been insanely spoilt and my ego has had a mighty good fluffing up from the many compliments and thanks that the children's parents (who did not hold back their gratitude or appreciations) happily gave to me.
And so now I move onto more personal affairs, as today I brave the supermarket hordes to shop for my pre-Christmas get togethers and my family Christmas Day lunch. And even though I know that the supermarket is going to resemble a looting escapade during a zombie apocalypse, this is truly a labour of love now and I will undertake it with a lot of thought and loving devotion, because after all, it is Christmas time and therefore an excellent opportunity to spoil your loved ones and indulge in the finer things in life without feeling guilty.
I have my menu planned, my shopping list written and I have purposely set aside Christmas Eve to prepare desserts and spend some time with Zoe and Seth swanning about the kitchen cooking up some delicious Christmas fare. I like to do all of the hard work and as much of the preparations before Christmas so that on the day I just have to load up the oven and grab a glass of bubbly. No-one should be slaving away in a kitchen on Christmas Day, that is just downright criminal. The load on the day has to be shared; the kids will dress the table (which Zoe has a turned into an art form), I will fill the oven and carve the roasted beasts, we will all do a little dusting and turning out of pre-prepared sweet treats, Seth will organise some appropriate and festive mood music and Craig, as he always does, will provide a jug of good gravy which he makes with the precision of a surgeon. And voila - we will have ourselves a merry little Christmas family gathering. Nothing more to do on the day but pop open the crackers and enjoy a relaxed meal together, which now that I have written about, am getting very excited for.
Come on Christmas, I am ready for you to arrive!
Release Date: 2003
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 135 mins
Finally a funny and intelligent Christmas themed movie! Thank God for director Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones and About Time) for giving us this clever little romp through the silly season in England, where all things celebratory and love orientated are put into overdrive.
The story begins five weeks before Christmas and is played out by weekly countdown. We follow nine intertwining stories that examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all, love; during the one season that no-one can escape - Christmas.
A stellar ensemble cast pull this all together perfectly; Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thomson, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightly, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rowan Atkinson, Alan Rickman and my favourite Bill Nighy all shine brightly here. The soundtrack is killer, the interactions between the characters are delightful and there is at least one relatable story here for everyone. One of the best modern Christmas films of our time for sure.
FINAL SAY: You know I love Christmas, I always will.
4 Chilli Peppers