The tree is down. The cards have been taken from the mantelpiece. The tinsel is bagged up until November. Most importantly - my Windows desktop screen no longer features festive images.
Christmas is over.
I had been meaning to write one last note about Christmas. However, other things seemed to have gotten in the way so I'll use this final festive post of the season to mention it.
As I've noted in the past, I spend quite a bit of time during the holiday period listening to a radio station based out of Cork, Ireland named Christmas FM.
I've been listening to this station for years. It only shows up around Christmastime (obviously!). On Christmas night each year, the station sort of goes into shutdown mode. The regular disc jockeys (are they called that anymore?) aren't at work. Instead is an American pre-recorded broadcast titled something along the lines of 'America Across the Globe' and the presenter adds little bits of trivia and information about the holidays to the listener.
The broadcast must be used by many stations around the world. Despite it being repeated each year, I find it a nice thing to listen to in the early hours of Christmas morning.
One of the things that made me smile during this year's listen was the presenter ran down the top ten worst Christmas movies.
As he rolled out the list from tenth to first, I eagerly anticipated the announcement that Santa Claus Conquers The Martians would be top.
I was not disappointed.
Other films were Santa With Muscles which starred Hulk Hogan and I have yet to see as well as Four Christmases and Surviving Christmas which are two films I've written about in my annual Diet of Christmas Films posts.