I’m not entirely sure what’s gotten into me this year but I’m feeling unusually festive. With still five weeks to go until Christmas I have already completed my Christmas shopping. Well almost. I just have my eldest to buy for, but I have no idea what to get her and trying to pin her down long enough to try and get some idea of what she might want is proving rather difficult. You know what teenagers are like.
So anyway, I’ve nearly completed the Christmas shopping and that includes things like the wrapping paper, gift tags and even the cellotape and of course I’ve bought the really important stuff like the chocolates and the alcohol. I bought it all online so I didnt even have to leave the house which was great, especially as I didn’t have the embarrassment of having to send my daughter out to buy the alcohol for me. If you have no idea what I’m talking about you can read all about that little episode HERE
I’ve even bought advent calenders this year, which I didn’t do last year because the kids didn’t know any different and because I hate them with a passion. (Advent calenders that is, not the kids, although I will admit to not liking them too sometimes, like when they’re trying to kill each other or when they’re drawing all over my magnolia walls, or pulling all their clothes out of their draws etc etc).The main reason I dont like advent calenders is because I hate having to tell the kids that they can only have one of the chocolates each day, or rather I hate the meltdown that follows when they don’t understand why they can only have one, even after I’ve tried explaining it to them. I hate how untidy they look sitting on the kitchen side, especially when you live with certain people who like to rip the doors off. I hate the doors being ripped off because it just makes the calenders look so untidy and I hate it when little bits of foil get everywhere and I hate it when certain people accuse me of having OCD whenever I
have a hissy fit mention the untidyness of the calenders. I didn’t feel too guilty about them not having one last year because my mum bought them an advent cusion each and although I realise a cusion can’t compensate for chocolate, the kids seemed to like them. Never the less, I decided to buy them chocolate calenders this year regardless of my dislike for them, because it’s not fair for the kids to miss out just because of my issues with mess. You’d think I’d be used to mess by now, what with three kids, a teenager and a husband at home but unfortunately not.
Anyway, this morning, for a very mad brief second, I thought about putting the christmas tree up, which is a far cry from last year when I didn’t put it up until a few days before. The only thing that’s stopping me from putting it up already (apart from the fact that it’s only November and that would be totally insane) is that the kids would drive me mental with it. Last year they wouldn’t leave it alone, finding it hilarious to pull the beads and baubles off and try to choke themselves and each other with them. I spent every day over the festive period just redecorating the tree over and over again until finally I had enough and packed it all away the day after boxing day. I expect this year will be no different and infact will probably be worse, especially if my granddaughter starts crawling within the next couple of weeks which is highly likely.
Usually I find people who have completed their Christmas shopping and put their tree up in November extremely fucking irritating, but since this year I am one of those irritating people, I’m not actually finding them irritating at all, although I do still think it’s a bit early to put the tree up in November. I mean, yes I was tempted for a nano second but I never actually went through with it. I will probably wait until the second week of December.
This blog is the complete opposite to the one I posted last year when I wrote about what a Bah Humbug I was. In fact I think that blog post was actually titled ‘Bah Humbug’. I can’t link back to it unfortunately because it’s lost forever with the other 200 odd posts that I wrote and then deleted (a long story which I will save for another day).
I don’t really know why I’m feeling so festive this year. It could be because we have another baby in the house (my grandaughter) or it could be that now the kids are nearly 5 and 3, they will (hopefully) have more of an understanding of it all this year. So far, because of my sons delays, he has not grasped the concept of Christmas at all but now that his speech and language are coming along he will definately be excited when he sees the presents on Christmas morning and realises that some of them are for him. My nearly three year old daughter will definately be excited when she sees all the Paw Patrol stuff we have got her.
Ive been saving my arse off since the start of the year in order to be able to spoil my kids a little this year and I’m so glad I did. I honestly dont know how people afford to do it all in December, not to mention the stress of leaving it all until the last minute. I don’t do credit cards or finance because oweing money scares the shit out of me and I have sleepless nights over the silliest of things as it is. Having scrimped and saved all year in order to be able start buying presents earlier has probably helped get me in the christmas spirit earlier. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t spent stupid amounts of money but it meant that I didn’t have to worry about where the money was coming from at the last minute like has happened in previous years.
I’m not ashamed to admit that the christmas before last, I bought
second-hand pre-loved gifts for the kids but now that they’re that little bit older, I didn’t want to do that this year.
I can’t wait to see the kids open their presents on Christmas morning but the thing I’m most looking forward to this year is watching my son, Harry in his first school play, even if he only has a teeny tiny part. Even if he has no lines (and due to his speech delay, I’m guessing he doesn’t). I just cant wait to see him participating with all his class mates because it will just go to show how far he has come in terms of his social and communication skills.
Lastly, lets not forget that christmas is the one time of year that you can eat and drink as much as you want and nobody will judge you. ‘Tis christmas after all. It’s the season for bucks fizz, mulled wine, baileys, hot chocolate with whipped cream and all you can eat mince pies (not that anybody actually likes mince pies but you get my drift) and what’s not to be excited about that?
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