What do you love most about Christmas?
I love that moment on Christmas Eve when, as it draws dark, I listen to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast live from King's College, Cambridge. I love the tradition we have of going to Christmas Eve mass and then over to friends for drinks and food. I love being with close family on Christmas Day and indulging in wonderful food.
But what I'm looking forward to the most are the days after Christmas Day. Those precious few days when there's time to watch a good TV programme or film, read a book or two and go for an exhilarating long walk. Time to enjoy a day or two with no schedule, outstanding tasks or unexpected demands.
Anticipation is often one of the most enjoyable parts of a holiday or an event. Sometimes we can be too busy to look forward to something and then can feel a bit flat when all the rushing about is done. We can be too exhausted and out of balance to enjoy what we have been so busy preparing for.
I don't want to lose the feeling of excitement, anticipation and wonder that is so special in the lead up to Christmas - I want to enjoy the preparations. Instead of rushing I will try to slow down a little. I will take some time to stop, reflect and enjoy the moment. I will be present...
What are you looking forward to most about Christmas?