‘Never better than at Christmas…’

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‘It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas’ (Charles Dickens)

 

It happens almost every year, that I unintentionally peak with my Christmassy vibes around the first week of December.  I blame the shops for all their carol playing, Christmas cracker wielding ways. Poor Halloween has hardly had its moment and the baubles are up.

Similarly I’ll look forward (wryly!) to the arrival of the Easter bunny early January.

Is it any wonder we feel that time flies even faster every year?  We’re on the next holiday season before we’ve got the current one packed away. It always makes me giggle (and sigh in equal measure!) to see the Summer holiday advertisements smack bang in the middle of the Christmas Radio Times, placed strategically between Christmas and New Year, when we’ve all got the blues and think a two week cruise to the Western Med would be just the ticket.

In the post Christmas haze, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve gorged on the finer details of Royal Caribbean’s August offerings as much as the next person.  Marketing wizardry you see!

I’m sure I’m not the only one currently feeling a little panicky that the Christmas shopping isn’t finished and wrapped and gift tagged and stored away.  My heart rate increases every time I glance at Social Media – no joke!  And the reality is that it will probably be done in an online binge shop, in about an hour tops.  But those social pressures are there, and for me anyway, they drain all the festive spirit out of this time of year, and replace it with one giant ‘to-do’ list.

Last advent we planned an activity for the kids, for each day of the twenty four leading up until Christmas.  I also had this bright idea to make a little film each week (you can find them here if you’re interested!)  The little three loved it, and have been on at me to plan this years adventures but, honestly – it nearly killed me doing it.  And what was left on December 25th was a frazzled, exhausted cold-filled mother of three.  As much as I hate to disappoint them, I think this year we’ll keep things a little more sedate.  I’ve two big major interiors contracts due at the beginning of December, and our house is being photographed for a 2016 Christmas edition magazine too.  All in the same week –

along with school plays, pantomimes, decorating days, parties, carol services and festive gatherings with friends.

And there’s the small matter of Christmas shopping too.

In truth I love the busy – ness, and definitely enjoy wholeheartedly this most wonderful time of year.  But I don’t think there’s any shame in admitting that we maybe railroad through it sometimes too, coming out the other end dizzy, and not quite able to believe it’s over.

My goal is to just take one day at a time this Christmas season.  To understand that whilst it’s maybe just a case of getting through these early weeks for me, for my little family it is as magical and wonder-filled as ever.  I want to contribute to that, encourage it, and be infected by their excitement.  I reckon one day I’ll probably wish I’d focused more on that.

Because Christmas merges into Easter, and Summer holidays are upon us a whole lot more quickly than we ever think.  And years go by in a blink, and our children are babygrowed bundles in our arms, then walking and talking, then reading and doing impossible sums.  And choosing iPads over Barbies and makeup sets over cuddly toys.

Life is one big hurry.  We’re all a bit shellshocked by the end I reckon.

But when you are ten, eight and six, the future seems endless.  Those days until Christmas seem so long and so stretched out.

And if there’s something I hope for my little three, it’s that they’d relish every single second of anticipation.  Don’t wish it away sweethearts.

And don’t let me wish it away either.

 

E x

8 Comments

  1. November 26, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    I love this Emma – I remember the lovely tree thing and telling you about my advent house the year before. It near killed me ha. Erin has asked me to do it this year though – canny that one – much better goodies than a Cadbury’s calendar. Hope you enjoy every second – I am thinking too that 9, 7 and 5 years have got to be the peak time in this house too. I will not sweat the small stuff. I will not sweat the small stuff. I will not… xxx Stay well this year xx
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  2. November 26, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    Here here. I do feel like we have a lot on and Christmas is rushing towards me at an alarming speed.
    I am glad I’ve read this though. It has reminded me to slow down and enjoy it. Here’s to a merry and long Christmas for everyone x
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  3. November 26, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Emma

    Love that note at the end about wishing it all away- you are so right- we should relish the good times, savour the memories and just enjoy the festive season… I really do.. I only took one week of annual leave this year which means I now have the full month of December off so I will clean, shop, decorate, potter about, relax and most of all enjoy my time…

    All things nice…

  4. November 27, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Right on, sista! Your words are real and ring true. My job has been particularly stressful in the last few months so I am finding I don’t have any energy at the end of the day to do anything big with my 3 kids like I may have last year. But you know what? finding joy in the little things instead. Last night it was a holiday episode of the Muppet Show and a Christmas book before bed. The kids (and I !) couldn’t have been happier!
    ( but no, the Christmas shopping isn’t done….)

  5. November 27, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    I love this Emma and agree entirely with your sentiment. I’m rather sad to say that this year is the first one that the cloth advent calendar with the felt pockets and little ‘fun activities during advent’, will be away in the cupboard. Last year mine were all less than enthusiastic about it and it makes me sad. Best not to even bring it out! That and the Christmas stories basket *sigh*. Life changes and moves on so best to savour the moment whilst it’s there eh? Sounds like you have a busy time ahead. Stay rested and keep it all in perspective. x x

  6. November 28, 2015 / 8:00 am

    Fab post emma! It s so true I spent the majority of the month to six weeks before Christmas panicking and stressing out as I try to get everything done so I can relax guilt free and panicking over my lack of organisation! However slowing down and soaking everything is what we all really need to do! I can’t wait to take it slowly and breathe in the festivities x

  7. November 28, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    I am the same as you Emma as soon as I hear that very first Christmas carol and twinkling lights in the shop I can’t help it either takes over me. It’s such a happy time for family time. Closer to seeing you too so excited. Lovely photo too babes.
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  8. November 29, 2015 / 12:41 am

    Well said! I would love to read more about the activities you planned over the 24 days leading up to Christmas for the kids. It is a fabulous idea! x

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