I’ve never been hugely into Christmas. I’m not religious, so it has no significance to me and I’m fortunate that if I fancy a night out, a gluttonous meal or a skinful, I don’t need to wait to December to have it. Munguin, being Munguin, likes the wine and the presents… and the wine…which he always hopes will be champagne!
However, I know that for some people, Christmas means a lot. Christians, of course, are celebrating their saviour’s birth, but it’s also an important time in European culture, for family and friends to get together, exchange presents and enjoy each others’ company (at least until old Uncle Ernie gets tiddly and the kids have broken all their toys, the turkey is undercooked and the sprouts soggy).
This year, sadly, that won’t be happening in so many households and many people will be alone and missing their families. But, don’t forget, we can have Christmas celebrations in May or June when, hopefully, we will have had our vaccinations and life will be returning to normal.
So, if you are alone on the 25th, enjoy the peace, and you can always look forward to a big blow out in May.
This is a concert of Christmas music held in Reykjavík a few years ago. The musicians, choirs and soloists were amazing and the famous Hallgrímskirkja is such an impressive venue with incredible acoustics.