So what happened to release me from the confines of my decidedly Scrooge-like slump? A trip to the doctors believe it or not. Somewhere in the stench of other people's bugs, a delay of nearly an hour on my allotted appointment time and some delightful piped Christmas tunes a change occurred.
So, grab a mince pie and a mulled wine and join us on a journey through time. In reverse order, here's the Food Tube fan's Top 10 videos of all time (and it's actually scientific because these are the ones you watched the most).
Aaah Christmas. A time of jingling sleigh bells and jangling nerves. Of togetherness and family, and massive rows with your nearest and dearest. Yes Christmas is a time for joy and celebration, but it's also a time that causes most people an untold amount of stress.
As a dietitian I know there is undoubtedly no other word in the English language that instils more fear in the 'dieter' than Christmas. However it need not. Turn off that Christmas eating auto pilot and follow these 10 simple principles so you can literally have your fruit cake and eat it too.
A simple question. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Being affected by cancer this Christmas can come in many different ways. You, someone you know or are close to, may have just been diagnosed, may undergo or finish treatment.
I might not be sure what I want for Christmas, I can, however, tell you what I don't want.... This may or may not be a list of presents I have received in the past. Husband, Mother, Mother in Law, Friends. Look. Away. Now.
Fanny always encouraged her viewers to think big, and to think glamorous, but she was mindful of limited time and limited budgets. World War II and rationing were not distant memories for them, nor were the days before labour-saving home appliances like washing machines and vacuum cleaners.
Although it doesn't stop there. The gossip has now taken on a life of its own. It's like a bad (secretly amazing) Katy Perry song. You wake up with a napkin stuck to your face and a host of notifications and texts. Each one more deplorable than the last.
With plenty of free time on your hands over the Christmas break, there's not better excuse to pop down to your local London theatre.
A guide for books to give the Lefty in your life this Christmas: A superb read therefore over the 12 days of Christmas would be the poetry collection...
The unnecessary consequences of Christmas; the promotion of the importance of 'purchasing' above anything else. After all, at a time when wages are lower than ever in relation to our living expenses, is it not time to simply say that enough is enough?
Much as I love Christmas, it can be arduous enough without chaining yourself to the stove while all your friends and family are whooping it up with the mulled wine and cheap cava. So I've kept these recipes for party snacks and nibbles as quick and easy as possible.
It is very easy to get caught up in the whirl of Christmas parties, presents and social plans or to feel resentful of the expense and the family obligations. But for many people, winter can be a lonely season and Christmas is especially hard.
For many people, the biggest day of December begins the morning after Santa pops down the chimney. But, for an array of pop stars, Facebook campaigners, charity singles and chart watchers, attention is focused on another day - the day the Christmas Number One is confirmed. The race for the Christmas Number 1 is as festive as turkey and mulled wine. And this year, with the big day falling on December 22 (and BBC Radio 1's counting down the Top 40 from 4-7pm), it is likely to be as spicy a race as we have seen for some time.
Poverty and parents who struggle always have and always will impact on children profoundly, which is why it's so important these families get the help they need from organisations like ours.
At least three things we all have in common are birth, death and the difficulty in accepting death - that of others or our own. Anniversaries and major Bank Holidays can be particularly difficult. So how can we help ourselves to cope well?