My name’s Kate Hardy and I’m a Christmasoholic.
For me, Christmas is all about time to spend with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company. My closest family lives 100 miles away, as do my best friends from uni, so we don’t get to see them on Christmas weekend proper. So we started having ‘early Christmas’ instead, many years ago – a weekend where I cook Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, we play games, we exchange presents (though we don’t actually open them until Christmas, apart from the little ‘Santa’ pressies that I do for after Christmas dinner), and we talk too much and laugh too much.
My best friends (aka the children’s godmothers) were down this weekend, and we were trying to work out how many years we’ve been doing this. We think it’s 25 years (scary!). And in that time we’ve grown from being a couple of years past graduation through to having the teens. (In fact, Eldest Teen is the same age now as the three of us were when we met. And next year he’ll be away at uni himself, so it was kind of bittersweet.)
As the children have become older, the kind of games we’ve played have changed from things like ‘Guess Who’ through to more involved board games. This weekend’s was hilarious as it involved playing the kazoo and everyone else had to try and guess which tune the kazooist was playing. We soon deviated from using the cards (both teens are really into 90s music – which of course the rest of us grew up with) and we were laughing so much that it was very hard to play the kazoo at all!
Do you have ‘early Christmas’? What are your favourite bits?
Kate’s latest releases are a Cherish/Harlequin Romance – Falling for Mr December (a weepie!) – and a Medical Romance, Her Playboy’s Proposal (definitely one for Poldark farns). You can find out more on Kate’s website (http://www.katehardy.com/) – or find her on Facebook