Feeling Festive

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.

Advent cusions

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.

Our tree last year before everything was pulled off and destroyed.

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.

Last year after a visit to Santa

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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34 thoughts on “Feeling Festive

  1. I’m impressed! I love having a Christmas tree in the house (cheesy I know) but I’m debating whether to get one because I’m going home for three weeks so technically I would only have it in the house until Dec 17? Maybe a little one haha. Honestly love that post about your daughter having to buy you wine literally loling. I also can’t believe you’ve already bought all your presents I’ve just sent myself an email to BUY PRESENTS NOW lol. Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

  2. I love seeing how excited the kids get when we have saved for those special gifts. I haven’t quite got into the Christmas spirit though, maybe with all the health issues especially with Aspen I have been a little down and just not feeling festive. Also my sister and my parents are away this year which means that the kids won’t see any cousins and I won’t see my sister who has her birthday that day too. Gosh I sounding like a humbug now! Plus my in-laws are staying and I really like them, but they don’t like spending any money which means I feel guilty that we spoil the kids with what they think is unnecessary gifts. OK I am going to stop grumping. I will get into the spirit soon! Your post made me happy, I am glad you are feeling festive!! #mg

  3. I love hrostmas, it’s my all time favourite season and time of year. I’m hoping to put the tree up on the first which has kind of become a tradition which is lovely 🙂 I just know it won’t last five minutes with a toddler! #MarvMondays

  4. Oh wow! You’re organized! I haven’t done a single thing for Christmas yet! I also hate the messy look of the advent calendars when the doors are ripped off, so I can relate!! #StayClassyMama

  5. I haven’t even begun Christmas shopping yet and always tend to do everything very last minute. I LOVE mince pies though, especially my homemade ones x

  6. I always go over board on the festivities. I am desperate to get our tree up but we always get a real one and it would be dead and brown by Christmas if I got it now. I can’t see Hubby being too impressed with me buying two! I love those advent cushions. Kids definitely help make Christmas more exciting.

  7. It’s weird – I was also massively ba-humbug about Christmas last year but am massively excited and festive feeling this year. I think it’s something to do with needing some cheering up after the craziness of the world this year! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

  8. What! I love mince pies well most anyway. Can’t say I’m as enthusiastic this year but thats because I just want it to be perfect and I’m not sure how to achieve perfection. #mg

  9. oops I want to put the tree up this weekend…too early? Loving that you are feeling so festive. I need to get into the mood a little more…I love drinking wine with the tree up watching a Christmas film. Soooo agree that advent calendars are sooo messy and annoying! Have a good one and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

  10. It’s funny the difference a year makes! I am waiting for the 1st to put our tree up. Piglet has very few presents this year, and the ones he has from santa are small and mostly “pre-loved” – he doesn’t know the difference and I’d rather save my pennies! #marvmondays

  11. I love this post – it really resonates with me as last year I was feeling really down about Christmas, but this year I’m feeling so much more festive and am even considering sending out cards which I almost never do! I hope you have a great Christmas! #marvmondays

  12. Ha! I can’t believe you even considered putting your tree up already!! Well done for resisting, people who do that are CRAZY! I save a bit each month too for Christmas. Ours goes straight into a different account by direct debit on payday so we don’t ever ‘miss it’ – make such a big difference… christmas is expensive! Thanks for sharing your festiveness #marvmondays

  13. I was pretty bah humbug about Christmas last year too but this year I am looking forward to watching Elf on Thanksgiving night and pulling out our tree and decorations on Friday. I want to listen to Christmas music and get going on all of our fun Christmas crafts. I have most of my gifts bought already and a fair number of them wrapped too! I just hope this happy feeling lasts and the hassle of the season doesn’t bring down my joy.

  14. I am exactly the same this year and definitely feeling more festive than last. I think because my little one is a bit older and because this I me last year my kids had a non stop bout of colds/flu/viruses that seemed. Last about 6 weeks! Long may the festivities continue! #TwinklyTuesday

  15. Ha, I am one of those irritating people who have my shopping done and decs up before the end of November – in fact, the tree is going up on Saturday!! And my shopping was completed last week. I love Christmas, and like to enjoy by being so organised in the run up, that I can spend December doing lots of Christmassy events! I love those advent cushions, such a cute idea #MarvMondays

  16. Oh a very festive post! I do like the festive cushions too! I am much more organised for Christmas this year! We are putting our tree up on 6th December as it’s the only day we’re actually all at home and available that isn’t in November! #MarvMondays

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