So did everyone survive Christmas? In some houses, it will have been a warm, family day full of laughter and love (and matching x-mas jumpers) while the other – frankly, more likely – option is that it started off that way, but ended in family fights and someone getting a mince pie thrown at their head. Not that that happened to me – this year.
This year’s Christmas had the usual: getting woken up early; the stocking, opening presents, Christmas dinner (with crackers) and once my daughter was in bed, a lot of drinking for the grown-ups! We might have had one or two before then… Whatever your Christmas day was like, some things remain a constant and one would of course be The Presents.
As much as you try to convince the kids that Christmas is about goodwill to all men and quality time with the family, etc…let’s be honest, it’s the thought of the presents that has them bouncing off the walls with excitement Christmas Eve. It’s no bad thing – that excitement is part of what makes Christmas so magical. I love to see my daughter’s face lit up with joy and as one of those people who aren’t lucky enough to have squillions in the bank, taking one day to completely spoil her is something I always look forward to. You don’t need to be ‘bank it like Beckham’ to put a smile on someone’s face though; the saying, ‘it’s the thought that counts’ has never been more true than at Christmas. Giving somebody a present that you just know they’ll love is a much better gift than any you could receive. For a theatre fan, what could you buy them that is more perfect than tickets to the theatre?
Last year I spent Christmas at my mum’s in Lincolnshire as well. I was treated to books, CDs…more books (any who knows me knows how this pleases me) and tickets to Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre. Christmas 2010 was pre-theatre for me: I had no involvement in the industry back then and hadn’t even been to see a show for a good couple of years. It’s a long story for another day, but I had recently had my love of theatre reignited and after playing the OCR of Love Never Dies practically to death, was beyond desperate to see it. So opening that envelope and seeing those tickets was the epitome of a thoughtful gift and one I really appreciated. Of course, I did fall ill later that day and was laid up for the next two weeks with it, but I still dragged myself to the Adelphi for that show; I’m sure everyone else there appreciated that, what with my coughing and sniffles.
Many people will have ripped off that wrapping paper and squealed with delight upon seeing tickets to a show and why wouldn’t they? If you have a love of theatre then it’s going to pretty much make your day. And there’s nothing that says you have to wait for someone else to get them for you. My mum and her partner bought tickets to see Ghost in February – okay, so it was more of a Valentines Day present to themselves, but they bought them around Christmas time so it counts. My mum has been keen to see it for a while but, living in Lincolnshire, can’t get to London as often as she’d like, so she’s very excited about her forthcoming trip to the Piccadilly Theatre.
Christmas presents aren’t about how much you spend, how many you buy or how big they are; they’re about making someone happy. That is a present’s purpose in life, their ‘gift’, if you like. So I hope many of you were given an envelope of happiness this Christmas – mobiles and laptops wear out quickly enough but experiences and memories last a lifetime.
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
26th December 2011