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It’s that time of year again, and at Essex Window and Door Centre, we love it!

Of course, it’s a chance for us to put our feet up and have a well-earned rest, but In our household, the holiday season is not just a date on the calendar; it’s a time to remember Christmases past and make new memories with family and friends.

One of our favourite Christmas traditions is decorating the tree. We get together as a family, armed with boxes of ornaments collected over the years, many of them with special memories attached. From old glass baubles to paper and string concoctions made by our grown-up children when they were at school,  our Christmas tree tells the story of our family’s journey. Then there’s the annual, ‘Will the lights work again this year’, and the argument over whether coloured or white lights are best.

The spirit of giving is of course part of our Christmas celebration. But in the last few years, we’ve tried to think more carefully about the gifts we’re giving. Experiences rather than ‘stuff’ are not only better for the planet but often more appreciated by the recipients.

We all love Christmas Eve marked by a cosy family dinner getting ourselves ready for the ‘big one’ on Christmas day. Christmas Eve is also when we tend to get the games out, probably the only time of year that they see the light of day. Monopoly always divides the family, some love it, some hate it. Our latest favourite is ‘Articulate’, if you haven’t tried it, it’s great fun.

Then, of course, there’s Christmas Day. We like to go for the traditional Christmas meal with turkey and all the trimmings, everything from Pigs in Blankets to bread sauce.

After lunch, it’s time for the Christmas movie marathon. From classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” to modern favourites like “Elf,” we all settle down in front of the TV, too full to move after our massive lunch. The movies evoke a sense of nostalgia and make us remember past Christmases together, bringing a little bit of magic and reminding us of the importance of spending quality time with loved ones.

In the end, our Christmas celebrations like everyone else’s are a unique tapestry of traditions  that we share with our family year after year. But we do always try to spare a thought for people whose Christmas may not be as happy as ours and remind ourselves how lucky we are to have each other and be in a warm, safe place with plenty to eat.

Lastly, we would like to thank all our lovely clients past and present for their support, we couldn’t do it without you.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the team at Essex Window and Door Centre.