To paraphrase a line from a Christmas nursery rhyme, Christmas is over and we're all getting fat, so thinking about Christmas 2012 might not be at the top of your agenda today. However, the writer in you should be busy jotting down notes.
Many of you are aware that magazines start preparing their Christmas issues as early as June, however, it can be difficult sitting in a heatwave, trying to think about Christmas. The trick is to take out your notebook and make notes now. Go on! Shift your bottom from your comfy chair - you don't really need to be slumped in front of the television watching the repeat of yesterday's Eastenders or Coronation Street. And you don't need to worry about the children, because they're still playing with the cardboard boxes yesterday's toys came in.
Grab your notebook and pen, and jot down all you see, smell, hear, taste and feel. All you need are bullet points, although if you want to write more, then go for it. Things to consider are:
- Advent calendars
- The Nativity
- Christmas trees
- The spicy aroma of Mulled wine
- Christmas lights
- Mince Pies
- Wrapping paper
- An elderly relative snoring ... in front of the Queen
- More Turkey
- Children arguing
- More Turkey
- The Queen's Speech
- The snap of Christmas crackers
- The groan at the so-called joke inside it
- Midnight Mass
- Even More Turkey
- and so on....
Have your camera to hand too. If you have any top tips for stuffing a turkey, take a photo now, while you're stuffing it. It'll be much more difficult to take a photo in June! Likewise, if you're writing a travel article about visiting a destination at Christmas, get out now and take photos of that place with the Christmas lights and decorations all up. Take photos of the Christmas shop windows displays.
Now you can put your feet up and relax, smug in the knowledge that you're prepared. All that's left to do is start tackling that teetering pile of Turkey sandwiches.