I generally don't get overly festive at this time of year. I enjoy the Xmas break, that's for sure - mainly because of what a great excuse to eat lots of food it is! But I don't generally buy in to all the jumpers and the partying and the getting a card for absolutely everyone I've ever met in my life.
If there's anything that's a bit of a tradition for me at Xmas now it's going to the cinema with my dad (my mum's not a fan of the local multiplex at all - too loud, too many sudden movements - she's not wrong!). I usually go home to North Wales for about 10 days over Xmas and New Year. We usually go to see whatever big franchise is dominating the season - the past three years it's been The Hobbit films, even though neither of us has been satisfied with those.
This year, obviously, it's Star Wars. I tried being cynical, I really did, but I can't wait to see Force Awakens. I booked our tickets this week and we're going to see it on Xmas Eve afternoon. I'm not as emotionally attached to Star Wars as a franchise as I am to some others, so these new films don't represent too much of a threat to what I think should be done 'right' in that universe. I intensely dislike JJ Abrams' Star Trek films, but that's because I've got a much stronger attachment to Star Trek as a franchise. With Force Awakens, I'm just looking forward to a rip-roaring adventue. The star personalities of John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have both massively won me over too - it's hard not to be excited when watching their infectious enthusiasm for it!
Fingers crossed the film doesn't disappoint, but even if it does, I like the tradition of going to watch something spectacular on the big screen at this time of year!