One or two more sleeps? Well that depends, if you are French, then it is one as the festivities commence the evening of the 24th when the big meal with family is traditionally enjoyed and gifts are shared and opened into the early hours of the morning. However, we still follow our British tradition of celebrating on the 25th and with much mounting excitement our children are counting down the hours.
Christmas can be a difficult time of year, what should be a wonderful holiday for family and friends can often turn into anything but. There are gifts to be purchased, houses to decorate, dishes to prepare, the list is endless and even for the most organised person it can suddenly become incredible stressful. An overload of just too many things going on all at once. Plus there seems to be a need to have the best dressed tree, the coolest presents and the chicest wrapping paper.
Luckily I am not into any of that. For me, it’s simply a time for family, a time to cherish those around us and a time to be extremely grateful for what we have. Christmas for me brings back the most fabulous childhood memories and I try to recreate these for my own children, I want them to look back in future decades and also have delightful stories to tell their own children.
Luckily I am not a stressful person, but organising ‘the big day’ for a family of 7 can take some preparation and when it comes down the to the Santa Claus part, trust me it takes almost military like organisational skills. There is nothing simple about Santa getting it right for all five children all in secret!
I am not one to tell you or anyone else what to do or how to spend your days, but I do have one small message, just relax and enjoy yourselves. What isn’t done, won’t be missed, and honestly a tree decorated with memories and presents purchased with love are by far the best.
Now the holidays have begun, all five children are here under the same roof, it’s a time for hearty warm family meals.
There’s still plenty of baking to be done and even more mouths to feed but with some festive music playing and plenty of hands to help it’s actually more like fun than work.
I am still adding last minute decorations, I suddenly get an idea; the kitchen window needs an evergreen garland, and out I go to the garden, trug in hand once more, to get cutting!
I am a great one for lists, occasionally on my phone but also the old fashioned way, with pen and paper, slowly things are getting crossed off and there isn’t much left to do.
Perhaps it is time to take advantage of some decent weather at last and unseasonably warm days and get out walking with the dogs
and as evening turns to night and darkness falls, a glass of wine shared around a roaring fire. This to me is what makes for a wonderful Christmas.
Just sit back, relax and have a very Happy Holidays. xxx