My Christ­mas Day

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I’ve never been out­side of Dublin for Christ­mas. Ev­ery year I go with my sis­tersin-law to 11 o clock break­fast, and then we eat at home with the fam­ily, it’s as simple as that. Granny and Grandad kind of stuff, the usual shite! It wouldn’t be me do­ing the cook­ing typ­i­cally, that’s all I’ll say – my wife and the kids are bet­ter with that. I’ve never been as good as I should be when it comes to buy­ing presents ei­ther. I some­times get a bit of ad­vice from a friend of my wife to make sure it’s al­ways done right.

When I was a kid, I would get the an­nu­als ev­ery year un­til I was about 14 or 15. I would’ve got­ten the Bri­tish comics like The Hor­net and The Bea­gle. Then as a teenager I’d al­ways ask for al­bums. One year I got six and I thought that was fan­tas­tic.

All year round, I lis­ten to mu­sic all day long and watch films all night long – Christ­mas is no ex­cep­tion. My favourite Christ­mas song is ‘We Three Kings’ by The Odds. Is it ter­ri­ble that when I looked up the pre­vi­ous seven Christ­mas num­ber ones last year, I’d never heard any of the songs or artists? It’s funny how Christ­mas songs re­leased be­tween 1973 and 78 are the peren­ni­als. A few have in­fil­trated like The Dark­ness and Lily Allen, but it’s strange how noth­ing sticks like the old ones.

I wouldn’t have one Christ­mas movie that I’d al­ways re­vert to, but there’s one on TV all the time at that time of year.

One I love that’s al­ways on is Casablanca. Even though I’ve seen it more than 12 or 13 times now, I’d watch it a 14th and 15th time no prob­lem – it’s just so good. I’m more into boxsets though, you sim­ply wouldn’t be­lieve how many se­ries I’ve seen. If I’ve in­vested in the first ten episodes, I’ve got to keep go­ing all the way. I watched Blood­line re­cently; sea­son 1 was good, sea­son 2 wasn’t bad, and sea­son 3 was ab­so­lutely shite. But I had to watch the whole thing any­way.

I re­ally like Christ­mas, es­pe­cially the build-up over the two weeks be­fore. How­ever, I ab­so­lutely hate New Year’s Eve. It al­ways feels like Sun­days as a kid, which I hated be­cause you’d have to get up for school on Mon­day. When I was younger, it was al­ways ‘You have to go to a party, it’s New Year’s Eve’, but in the ’80s I’d al­ways find my­self home early watch­ing The Old Grey Whis­tle Test’s best of the year. Frankly the idea of go­ing into town to one of the big con­certs was just never for me. Peo­ple say, ‘But what about the bells at Christ Church?’ Great – I’m glad peo­ple like it. I don’t!

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