Date: 17th December 2012 at 9:57am
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As a festive season, Christmas is usually cold, expensive and lacking in genuine cheer, but this year I have a feeling that things could be different.

For many of us the season lacks the goodwill people talk about and it is screaming kids, nagging wife and family or friends that pop round and almost always outstay their welcome. In short, I usually eat too much, drink too much and spend too much and in return, get presents that I either don’t want, or can’t afford. What is beginning to excite me though is my Christmas football and what was for me a very good and promising Tottenham performance yesterday.

Though no Premiership game is easy, I imagine that facing Stoke (H), Villa (A), Sunderland (A) and Reading (H)would be seen as a pretty good Christmas schedule and one that AVB will be hoping will bring him a sackful of points and a more secure footing on a top four place. Sure, Stoke are unbeaten in seven, Villa beat Liverpool (Whoop! Whoop!) and are looking far more resilient, but Sunderland and Reading are looking increasingly nailed on for relegation.

On a positive, I am quite looking forward to spending Boxing day at one of my favourite away grounds, and perhaps with a couple of Villa mates to add some spice to the occasion. It seems a perfect opportunity to try out my new Christmas boots, that are my ‘surprise’ present from the wife this year, but at least they are useful and wont be dumped in a cupboard, next to the decorations for most of the year. Bah Humbug!…