Those of you who know me well will know that I’m not a big fan of Christmas. To be honest, I’m normally a bit of a grinch. In past years I have a bit posted about our dissatisfaction with all the consumerism and our struggles trying to find a way to celebrate Christmas that better fits our family values. This year, I find myself feeling much happier and relaxed about it. I don’t know why, there’s no particular reason that I can think of.
We decided to buy an artificial tree this year, as our potted tree died over the summer. And we put it up right at the beginning of December, the earliest ever!
As usual, we’re keeping our advent activities simple. We have put up our fabric nativity scene calendar. Tabitha created this rather complicated-looking mathematical advent calendar so that she always knows how many days are left until Christmas. I’m not doing any Jesse Tree activities with the children this year but we are doing the Kindness Elves for the first time, which I may or may not get round to posting about separately.
I think part of the reason I’m feeling more relaxed about Christmas this year is because I finished nearly all my Christmas shopping in November. Normally I refuse to start until December but then I have to battle crowded shops and town centres and it becomes a stressful rush. Yesterday Tabitha helped me to wrap up the five piles of presents for nieces and nephews, so that’s the majority of the wrapping done too.
Colin had the day off today so we spent lots of time snuggled up with blankets in the living room, watching family films together and drinking hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. He had to have a lump biopsied last week, but the results came through today and thankfully it was benign.
So for once, I’m enjoying December instead of dreading it. Spending quality time together, snuggled up in our cosy home. Not allowing myself to get stressed out by all the Christmas hype. Happy December everyone!