I can’t believe it’s only one week until Christmas Day. It feels like we have all been waiting for so long. But what are we waiting for? Is it an idealised image of Christmas? The perfect day of family fun, everyone getting along and being blissfully happy? So, this year, rather than doing resolutions for the New Year, I thought I would make resolutions for Christmas. Resolutions that will actually be kept.
MY CHRISTMAS RESOLUTIONS
1. Tree – We all love a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. But children have a different idea of what constitutes tasteful tree decorating. If it were up to my children, all the ornaments would be put on three branches, and there would be tinsel over every inch of my tree. And I’m constantly stepping on ornaments that have been removed from the tree. I will not get annoyed every time I find a bauble or knitted Father Christmas on the floor. Although I am not a fan of tinsel, I have bought some because my daughter loves it. I can have a tasteful tree when the children move out, and I am missing them like crazy. I will be happy that my children are with me, and that they love the tree and love the ornaments.
2. Shopping – Don’t let Christmas shopping and gift wrapping frenzy cast a shadow on the day itself. Yes, part of the importance of Christmas is about giving. But your family and friends do not care if you have spent exorbitant sums on their gifts. And they do not care if the gift looks like it has been wrapped by a Wrapping Maestro, or thrown into a gift bag. They only care that you have taken the time out to find them something you think they will genuinely like/want/need. I will aim to finish by Christmas shopping by the 21st December. And then will delegate wrapping to Husband so that I can ponder life’s great questions.
3. Food – Rather than having Christmas lunch, we have decided to have Christmas dinner at 5pm. This means that we can have a leisurely morning and then have chocolate, prawns and pigs in blanket for lunch. Since we’re staying at home for Christmas Day, we can time things as we like, as what suits our young family. And none of us like Christmas cake, so we eat chocolate cake at Christmas. Our house, our rules.
4. Relatives – Visiting relatives, or having them visit us, can be stressful. But I will focus on how lucky we are to have such a lovely extended family that want to spend time with us.
5. Family Photo – Every year I focus so much on the day. that I don’t get a nice family photo. This year, I have a camera with a timer. I will get a photo of the four of us. I don’t care where we’re all looking, who is making a silly face and who is mid-cough. And it doesn’t matter if any of us have eczema outbreaks and look a bit spotty. As long as it is in focus and ALL of us are in the photo, I will be happy.
Hope you all enjoy your holidays with your loved ones. Happy Christmas everyone! xx