It's the most wonderful (and Enneagrammy) time of the year.
1. Christmas Cards. Especially Oneish if a christmas card list was drawn up in November to give a sensible amount of time to write and send them.
2. Santa Claus. The ultimate Twoish giver (but he would appreciate it if you left him a mince pie).
3. Christmas lights. The competitive Threeish facade for the festive season. Although the surface looks good, who knows what sort of Christmas they are having inside?
4. Carols by Candlelight. Candles are so much more authentic than electric lights, aren't they? And the carols get back to the deeper meaning of Christmas - though can be a bit Fourishly depressing ('In the bleak midwinter, frosty winds made moan...').
5. Scrooge. One of the most famous literary Christmas characters is definitely a hermit-like Five. Luckily, as the ending shows, Fives can enjoy Christmas too.
6. Christmas Dinner. Having family and friends all sat around the table together is a special Sixish time of the day.
7. Christmas Crackers. Just in case Christmas dinner gets boring, here's the remedy. Each has a joke, a fact, a silly hat, a toy and a big bang to shake things up a bit. How Sevenly!
8. The Big Sell. It's that Eightish time of year when the big corporations seize the opportunity to maximise profits and cash in on the red-and-white pound.
9. Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire (and all other cosy things). After the meal it's time to lie back and have a warm, peaceful, Nineish doze.
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