It’s got to be mentioned, hasn’t it?
Christmas is fast approaching (we’ve been seeing festive stuff in the shops near us since before Halloween).
How are you feeling about it?
I’m totally unprepared, although this weekend we had visitors again and they put up our tree!
We all had so much fun, singing Christmas songs and hanging baubles! The kids went to choose the tree yesterday morning. I’d asked them to make sure they got the best, and I reckon they succeeded!!.
In the evening we watched Elf, and were feeling pretty damned festive!
Even the dinosaurs are feeling festive.
This morning we woke up to snow, so obviously the girls couldn’t wait to get outside!
They threw snowballs and made sort of snowmen and generally had a great time (I have a story about playing in the snow when I was round about their age which involved FARRRRRR too much excitement!).
They were so cute when they came in and sat side by side in front of the fire to warm up and drink some hot chocolate!
Me, I hate snow. I mean, I love love LOVE how it looks. From inside my house. I like to watch it fall, and I love the peculiar light of a snowy evening. But going out in it? Nah. Not for me. There’s something super romantic about snuggling the sofa in front of the fire and watching a good film.
I certainly won’t be repeating my 6 year old self’s snowy escapades…
I love Christmas.
Well, I love the feeling of Christmas. I like the prettiness of Christmas. I love the SMELL of Christmas!
I detest the commercial aspect of Christmas though.
For the past few years, people have received had made gifts – maybe a hamper or a knitted gift, but they’ve definitely had a lot of heart put into them.
These, for me, are the best kinds of gifts.
I hate being ‘forced’ to buy gifts. The best kinds of things come from the heart, and don’t necessarily cost a penny.
Everyone seems to want the ‘best’ or the ‘latest’ or just what’s been forced upon them in the latest advert break.
I hate that attitude.
I think we’ve almost finished our shopping (not including Christmas dinner!), and every gift has been carefully chosen as we are on a pretty tight budget, just like many other people.
Christmas is stressful for so many reasons without having the added pressure of having to get the ‘perfect’ gift.
Some people won’t be having any kind of Christmas, for whatever reason, so I think that people need to start being more grateful for what they do have.
My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with loved ones.
In my 35 years there are very few Christmases that I have spent apart from my mum.
I love cooking Christmas dinner for my family, but this year we’re saving our Christmas for new year as I have a new ‘family’ – my wonderful partner and we have his 2 girls over the Christmas period too!
I hope they get snow again.
Me, I’ll stay in and cook the dinner and sing some Christmas songs.
I hope you are all coping with the festive period.
Please remember there is always someone to talk to if you are struggling, and of course, you are always welcome to contact me if you’d like.
Take care of yourselves xxx