Today’s Blogmas prompt is, “Winter items you can’t live without”. As I’m currently stuck in a winter-less place, I thought I’d modify the prompt and write about my “Christmas ‘can’t live without list'”.
What makes Christmas Christmas for me? Sparkly fairy lights. Tinsel (the thicker and shinier the better!). Mince pies. Christmas pudding (oh my goodness – yum!). Christmas crackers (complete with hat and joke and toys!). Pantomime. Frost on the ground. Snowflakes. Robins. And much, much more…
I’ve been wondering why we all have such wonderful Christmas memories (many from childhood) and I think it’s because Christmas is such a sensory time. Full of particular smells and tastes and sounds and sights and pronounced, palpable, emotions. All of our senses are aroused – on alert – at Christmas and so we feel alive – hyper-alive, because of the excitement and the anticipation and the hope we hold in our hearts, to receive the presents we hope for, to see a world that’s a little bit kinder at Christmas.
I know, from my own childhood, when I think back, the things I remember are always connected to multiple senses being aroused: the feel of snow on my skin and the cold seeping through my clothes and the feel of arriving back in to a warm, warm house smelling of cinnamon and satsumas. The sound of the Christmas carols in the background with the taste of mince pies and the excitement of a relative popping by. There’s just so much to experience at Christmas. We’re more aware, more alive, because our surroundings demand it of us: so much goodness to be savoured at every turn. We don’t want to miss out on any of it.