**why I never spend Christmas Day at home **

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I’ve been blogging for 3 months now and I can’t believe how well it’s took off, I never imagined anyone would read my blog, let alone follow or comment on it! I don’t post blogs every day, unfortunately I just don’t have the time, but I take my hat off to fellow bloggers who do so. Talking of bloggers I would just like to say thank you to all those who have followed me, Retweeted my post and thanks for being such a friendly and helpful bunch, special thanks goes to  http://bibliophilebookclub.wordpress.com and http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk who have been so friendly and helpful, and are always happy to answer any questions I have about blogging

I would also like to say thank all the amazing authors who have sent me messages or commented on my posts, they make my day and of course thanks to the publishers who trust me to review their books. I’ve digressed here but hey ho I think it’s important to show your appreciation of others. I thought I would share My Christmas Day with you, It was originally featured on http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk

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My Christmas Day starts about 4.00am, I’m sure you are now all thinking “aww up with the children”, but no it’s just me and the hubby! I just get so excited, in fact the weeks prior to Christmas I’m up at the crack of dawn, as I just can’t sleep with the excitement of the festive season approaching! And “yes” family and friends think I’m mad. We stumble down the stairs bleary eyed check the presents are still in there rightful places, and then put on a strong pot of coffee….knowing its going to be a long day!

So to the tunes of Phil Spector’s Christmas CD, we dig into the present opening ceremony, our “old boy” a Jack Russell aged 13 opens his first, with a lot of sniffing, chewing and ripping he then settles down to eat his way through the bone the size of a dinosaurs front leg! Once the presents are all opened, and we’ve had the oooohs and aaaaahs, it’s time for another cup of coffee, this time with the obligatory tin of shortbread that’s be stashed away. Once we have ate our weight in shortbread it’s time to think about getting ready for work, yes you read that right, for the last 20 years I’ve worked Christmas Day! I work on a unit for people with mental health conditions, and now if I weren’t to work on Christmas Day, it would feel like I was missing out on something.

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So I don my Christmas outfit, one year I was an elf, another a Christmas tree …… You get the picture, and I’m ready to go with my travel cup of coffee. Once in work everyone is in the festive mood, amid the “merry Christmases” we help the patients get ready for the day ahead. Once Breakfast is served and they are ready to start the day, present ceremony begins. Once that’s done we do all the usual Chrismassy things that you would do at home, passing the tin of chocolates around after breakfast, Christmas Carol services, arguments over what to watch on the TV, and of course the Big Christmas dinner. My Christmas dinner is still along way off so I usually make do with another coffee and a bacon sandwich if I’m lucky. By the time dinner is finished its time for me to go home and enjoy the rest of my Christmas.

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Once Home we usually have another round of present opening, as my 24 year old son has come home in time for me finishing work. After another cup of coffee (yes I’m an addict!) a shower and changing into my next Christmas outfit, the theme is “Christmas Jumpers” this year, and I’m determined to get an all flashing/dancing/musical one. Then we go to my sisters who lives a couple of doors down, which is very handy when you have bags of presents and spare chairs for the dinner table! Bless my sister and her partner they have cooked Christmas dinner every year for all of us as long as I can remember. I admit I have been married 27 years and in all those years I’ve only cooked Christmas dinner once (and long may it last). With 11 adults and my two small nephews it’s mayhem, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. After a round of present opening, Christmas dinner, chocolate sharing, Christmas cake eating and a few glasses of the sparkling stuff I’m ready for my bed. Boxing days on the horizon and we have a day long party for at least 30 family and friends at home and yes I do the cooking for it! (Well with the help of my darling hubby of course!)

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So if you happen to be up and about Christmas morning at 4.00am this year, feel free to tweet me @reviewcafe

I would like to wish all my fellow bloggers, followers, authors and publishers a very happy Christmas, lets hope it’s a good one and best wishes for the New Year

Please feel free to leave me a comment below, I would love to hear about your Christmas plans 

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