I’ve made no secret of the fact that Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year – and that won’t be changing any time soon!
My family and I have four beautifully decorated trees up in our house, and the decorations have been in place for weeks already.
We’re all super-excited about the festive season, and I just can’t wait to see everyone’s faces on Christmas morning when they get to unwrap their presents.
But in the meantime, there’s no point anyone trying to get a sneaky peak in advance as all the gifts are well-hidden (sorry kids if you’re reading this, but you definitely won’t find anything so save yourselves the trouble!)
And not for us the easy options of stashing our gifts outside in the shed or the garage – good job too, as many insurers would refuse to pay out if the gifts were damaged or stolen as they would be considered to be outside the home.
We’ve worked hard to be creative with our hiding places, and it has taken years of practice but now we have it down to a fine art.
And I’m fully aware that there are some opportunists out there who see Christmas as the perfect time to strike.
The dark nights and the expensive presents are a tempting cocktail for burglars and I’m not prepared to take the risk that our family could be a target.
So those gifts will stay hidden away, and they won’t be appearing under any of our trees yet – they won’t be in place until the very last minute because I won’t be tempting fate by encouraging would-be thieves to help themselves.
And I won’t be putting photos up on Facebook and Twitter of the mountains of presents – did you know that insurance companies can declare your policy null and void if they believe you’ve put yourself at risk?
If you’re a would-be thief, don’t expect to be able to use our front window as your shop window either, as our curtains will be firmly closed while we’re out and about celebrating so you won’t be able to take your pick.
My cautious approach won’t stop after Christmas is over though – I’ll be making sure all the boxes and packaging from our gifts goes straight to the local household recycling centre after The Big Day – leaving it out by the rubbish bin for collection would be just asking for trouble.
So my annual game of hide and seek with my kids (and the burglars) continues – maybe this year you can do the same?
Keep your family safe and don’t let the opportunists spoil what really is the most wonderful time of the year.