I’m ruminating as I have a tendency to do of late. Do you think people put themselves under unnecessary pressure at this time of year?
I was watching people dashing around shops over the past week or so, pushing people out of the way to get to something that would make their Christmas ‘perfect’. It’s all gone very materialistic and I know we also had presents and nice food etc. but I stuck to a budget.
I didn’t spend a lot on presents and even though it may seem like we have enough food in the house to sink a battleship most of it is non-perishable. I got the smallest pieces of turkey and ham I could get and it’s all gone so no turkey sandwiches in this house for the next week. I also didn’t get a Christmas cake even though I love it! I’m the only one in the house who does though, I might make a small one next year.
I sent very few cards, it cost €1 to post a card within Ireland now and it’s €1.25 overseas so gone are the days where I’d send about 50 cards. I gave some money to charity instead. I also detest writing cards but I won’t start on my rant about cards or we’ll be here all day. I think I horrified people at the last Havin’aLaugh coffee morning when I went on a rant!
My favourite parts of the season so far have been enjoying a hot chocolate in a local cafe and watching the chaos outside. Breathing the biggest sigh of relief when the last grocery shop was done before the big day. Narrowly avoiding being drive into by a woman driving and rooting though bags of shopping, how she didn’t crash I’ll never know. Enjoying time with the kids (when they aren’t killing each-other over who got the most chocolate!) Sitting and sketching – pure bliss and by far my new favourite pastime. Enjoying watching Rat Burger with the family, what a great film, I now want to read everything by David Walliams. Walking the dogs on Christmas Day with Andy. The pink gin and lemonade and the buffet on Christmas night.
Some shops are open again today for the sales, personally I can’t think of anything I’d like less than braving the madness again. I’m thinking of my new photography projects today, one is a collaboration, one is a personal one. I’m looking forward to both.
What is your favourite part of Christmas? Is there anything you’d do differently next year?