I managed to snag a whole 5 days off in a row, but Hubby's new job (and impending cruise) means that he only had two days off. And so we were tied to Canberra. Which after 10 years of being tied to the South Coast, I wasn't too sad about! But it also meant any ideas I had of visiting family (and just quietly, letting someone else do all the Christmas stuff) were abandoned. So we did Christmas here. And my mum came to visit :-)
I may have expressed before how exhausted Christmas can make me feel. Especially if you are the Mum. And especially because it's been a very busy year around here, and I don't know about you, but I could not justify a huge Christmas this year. Again, and maybe especially this year working in a shopping centre, the Christmas fervour seems to have gone mad. Decorations up in October (what???), 5 weeks of Santa's flash going off in my eyes at work, posts on social media about whether they've finished/started shopping (in November). I mean, really!!!
I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels a bit "meh" about the whole thing. As I get older (
I copped a bit of flak on social media about my supposed lack of Christmas effort. In my defence,
Everyone got presents. The kids got excited (yanno, in that way that only teenagers can). The dog enjoyed his annual destroying of the wrapping paper:
I also cooked lunch! Oh yes I did!!!
So in the end, we did alright. I did BETTER than alright! I just avoided the stress that goes with it. Christmas was still special and noone got migraines in the process and that's what counts, right???
Did you manage a special Christmas?
Tired of seeing decorations in September too? (see how it just gets earlier and earlier?)
Did it snow where you are??? I'm sure that would make me less grumpy :-)