Working for an events company means Christmas is a very busy time of year. From Switch On's to polar bears, Sunderland Live had it all covered this year to ensure the people of the North East had a fantastic festive period. The perks of working on behalf of Santa and delivering Christmas meant ticking a few more off my 12 Good Deeds List became a bit easier.
Number 1 - Taking time to listen to Carol Singers, I got to do on several occasions. Most memorable was probably the school choirs at the city's Christmas Lights Switch On. I took a peek over from the media balcony to see tens of thousands of people enjoying themselves and I have to admit it gave me butterflies.
Number 2 - Thank your binman, postman, milkman or paperboy with a surprise thank-you gift was a little bit tricky for me. I very rarely ever see the binman or postman and I don't have a milkman or paperboy. So instead I left the first two thank you notes, one on the bin and one above the letterbox on our front door.
Number 8 - This was easy! Wish a stranger a Happy Christmas - I got to do this lots but I remember mostly doing it at Sunderland Live's Santa's Grotto. I made sure I wished every parent and child I spoke to at the grotto a Merry Christmas. After it was over I checked in with the boss to see how I was doing and if I'd made it to the nice list.
I always try to be a good person and do the majority of the things that were on my list anyway each Christmas but ticking them off this year and recognising each little one certainly made me feel more festive.