Nothing matches being with the ones that you really love

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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Well, did you all have a fantastic time? I do hope so because that’s what Christmas is all about – enjoying time with your loved ones.

Our celebrations kicked off early because it’s my Auntie Sandy’s birthday on Christmas Day and, bless her, every year it kind of goes unnoticed and she never really gets the chance to celebrate it.

But this year it was her 60th, so last weekend we had a big pre-birthday meal out with the whole family, which was lovely.

Auntie Sandy really enjoyed it, which was the main thing.

For the rest of us, well it was an opportunity to all meet up again and have a few drinks. We do love our get-togethers in our family!

Then on Sunday we had our annual girly ‘Christmas Day’ which we do every year. Basically we leave our lads behind and all go round one of our houses and have a mini Christmas Day.

We go food shopping, which is always an experience because in amongst the mix you have a veggie (me) and my sister who is wheat-free, yeast-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and basically taste-free. So that’s always fun!

But the whole point of the day is that we leave our busy lives behind and make time for each other.

One of our best friends, Laura, lives on the Isle of Wight.

Although it doesn’t seem like it’s that far away, the stretch of water separates us and we don’t get to see each other anywhere near as much as we’d like to.

Then of course the big day came along, which was due to be extra special this year because my dad was coming home from Afghanistan, which he wasn’t intending to do until January.

It was a massive blessing that, for the first time in two years, the whole family were going to sit around the table and have Christmas together.

Last year my partner Matt and I were off on our travels around the world and spent Crimbo Day parasailing on a beach in Penang.

It was an amazing experience. But to me, nothing will ever beat being with the ones you love more than anything else in the world.