Gareth from the Office: Merry Christmas, Everyone!

b9-1078 Santa arrives at Frosts garden centre in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
b9-1078 Santa arrives at Frosts garden centre in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

IN just three days people will be waking up to presents under their trees and maybe even snow on their driveways, and I have to say I can’t wait.

Maybe not so much the snow as I am terrified of driving in it but the feeling of Christmas is amazing for me.

I’m usually the one who can’t stop smiling at something or I’m the guy dressed in the Santa hat but for me it’s all about making others feel as good as you do; share the love as they say.

For me Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family, being together and having as much fun as possible.

I am lucky that I will be spending my time with my family and friends this year and I am looking forward to seeing the looks on their faces when they unwrap their presents.

Some of my friends, given the economic climate, have decided to make their own presents and cards this year and again I think this is a nice gesture.

Christmas, unless your under the age of 16, is not solely about how many presents you get or even what they are.

It’s about spending time with the people you care about most in the world and enjoying each others company.

It’s knowing that someone has cared enough about you to make you something, or even send you a card.

However, spare a thought this year for those who won’t be that fortunate. For those who have no families or those who are fighting for our country overseas.

They don’t even get the chance to sit down with their families and enjoy a nice meal or have a glass of wine with friends.

Some people would love to be sat in a comfortable house watching whatever Christmas special is on this year or playing Who Wants to be a Millionaire for the millionth time.

Embrace it. Sure you get to spend time with your friends and family all year round but Christmas is the time when you have the chance to show people exactly how you feel.

Things happen throughout the year both good and bad but Christmas is the time to put all that behind you and get ready for a new start in the new year.

So whatever you do for Christmas this year make sure you do it with a smile on your face. Laugh about the socks you get every year, tell your friends and family you love them and forget about the problems you have. Even if it is for one day.

Christmas comes but once a year so make sure you make the most of it. You never know what’s around the corner for 2012. You might not have the chance to spend time with family next year.

To everyone reading this column and our wonderful paper I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a healthy and prosperous New Year.