Hello all – just a quick check in. Hoping that you have managed to find some time over the weekend to relax and enjoy the festivities? Ours was a busy one. Because Christmas Day fell when it did, it meant the Hub had quite a bit of time off. Normally he’d work until lunch on Christmas Eve and then be back in the car for the day after Boxing Day. As it happens, he worked one hour on Christmas Eve, then we went over to Cirencester for a last-minute wander round the shops and a chance to try to feel a bit more festive. Child No1 said this year is the least festive she has felt – I think it’s the weather that’s robbed us of a that extra special festive oomph! But, with Michael Buble’s Christmas CD blaring out in the car, we did a good job of getting int he spirit on our day out! Continue reading
So, the Christmas card is apparently falling out of fashion…? Instead people are preferring the seemingly soul-less social media festive greeting or a pre-Christmas text (sent to their entire address book). It got me thinking why… is it time? Cost? Apathy? A cultural shift? Well, let me, just for a while shout out for the humble Christmas card and fight it’s corner just for a moment…
One of the bonuses of working from home some of the week, is that I am here when the postman arrives. He’s nothing to look at and if I’m honest, I reckon we have a different postie everyday anyway. I rarely see him and when I do he always look different! When I was out at work everyday, I would come home to find that someone (normally the Hub) has collected the post from the doorstep and opened anything vaguely addressed to him. Which meant that I would be left with the junkmail/bank statements/bills! They’d be perched on the corner of the dining table, dropped there as he made his way through to the kitchen to grab some lunch and forgotten about. The thing is, I rarely got to open the ‘exciting’ post… the Christmas cards! Sometimes he would leave them propped open, but more often than not added to a pile on the side until I got round to putting them up – not realising who had sent us cards until it was too late to send one back in return…. Continue reading
Much as you want to, you now can’t avoid them… they’re everywhere – on TV adverts, in the shops, in the shopping arcades and even the BBC TV channel ident tunes have added some Christmas jingles to their normal offering, to make it more Christmasy! The festive songs and tunes have arrived…. and now, spending time in a radio station means I really can’t escape them! Thankfully, the presenters I have the pleasure of seeing and listening to, when I’m there have chosen to avoid the real clichéd tunes. They’ve opted for things like The Darkness (a great track and title!) and Coldplay’s Christmas Lights (this took the accolade of being the first Christmas tune I allowed to continue playing on the radio last week!)
I wrote a post last year in my daily Advent posts about whether Day 8 was too early for tunes… for some people I realised December 1st is too LATE, but there others, who like me (middle name Scrooge), prefer to wait a little longer. But as I said, unless I sit in the house with the lights off and the TV on mute, there’s no avoiding it now, so we might as well embrace it! My post last year here has some great links to YouTube videos for some of the tracks that I really never get sick of over Christmas! Do take a look – there are some great ones there (in my opinion!) and it does get you feeling festive!
Here’s a couple more for you, starting with Coldplay (easily one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live) though never saw this one performed live! So I may be a little biased, but it’s a song that grows on you, I reckon!
This one – another offering from the lovely Michael Buble – is a staple on our Christmas iTunes list. Talking of which, when we went away last year to North Wales, we took the iPod and loaded it with all our fave crimbo tunes, which we played non-stop all week! Over 120 tunes, from all sorts of artists! By the end of the week, even the Hub was craving a little bit of 80’s & 90’s nostalgia!
And how could I not include the old crooner himself… Bing and White Christmas… just perfect!
Have a great day!
Funny what December does to people, isn’t it? We see the best and worst of people over the Christmas season and I find that fascinating. As I’ve mentioned before we’ve tried to get away over Christmas every couple of years and sometimes we’ve gone with family and other times, like last year, with friends. Sometimes, it’s just us… our little gang of four. But you know, they’ve all been brilliant times in brilliant locations and sometimes – as in North Wales in 2004, we’ve had snow ON CHRISTMAS DAY!!! Could it get any better?!
Having said in previous posts that I have mixed feelings about the build up to Christmas, I am a bit of a traditionalist in some ways when it comes to Christmas Day. If you think about ti, you take in adulthood some of the traditions you had a child and then bringing those into a relationship means combining two sets of family traditions and from there you kind of create your, unique, quirky take on ‘doing the Christmas thing’!! Continue reading
Just a quick post today…. but I might be back later!
I was going through some of my old posts from last year and came across a few I wrote during Advent. So over the next few days I might redirect you to a couple of my favourites!
This one was written on the first day of Advent last year, with the intention of posting once a day. I’m not promising that this year, but I will try to post a few interesting Christmas related bits and bobs over the coming weeks.
In the meantime, having read the blog from last year, I can follow this up with another Christmas related read from the lovely Susan Buchanan. Her new book Return of the Christmas Spirit has just been released and has shoulder barged its way up the reading list on my Kindle – it’s my next read, so I can’t give you a review…. yet! Mind you if it’s anything like her other books, it’ll be just the thing get you feeling festive, as the holidays approach!
Stand by for a new post on your Christmas traditions…. let me know about the little quirky traditions you and your family keep to every year.
Bye for now,
What is the most difficult / heart breaking question a parent can be asked at this time of year….? While I’m not a parenting guru, I do happen to have 14 years experience (more than some people have in their careers and they call themselves experts?!) so let me shed some light on this tricky topic….
In trying to keep my promise to Child No1 about not banging on about how much I dislike aspects of this time of year, I’m currently searching for my festive Mojo! Yesterday I started the Christmas cards, having completed a therapeutic culling of the list a few days ago! And I even started buying a few little gifts on my weekly shops. I also found this cute little shop on my occasional foray into Summertown, when I’m up in Oxford – a new shop, run by a delightful couple selling trinkets and gifts which would be fab for Christmas – I’ll spend some money there next week, for sure. I know the Mojo is there, despite my finest efforts at sounding like Ebeneezer Scrooge… and the reason I know it’s there is that I can hear the bell… you know the little tinkling in the dead of night when everyone else is asleep. The sleigh bells that tell me HE is picking up lists and checking on the naughty and nice kids. The reason? Because I still BELIEVE….. if you haven’t seen The Polar Express, you’ll have no idea what I’m on about – stay with me…
So we’ve finally said cheerio to BST and said hello again to GMT… in my case, a reluctant hello. I have to confess, I really find the winter months difficult at times. I was explaining this to someone the other day and when they asked me why I rattled off a whole list of things I dislike about the winter and their response was…”you’re turning into your parents, you know that?!” The funniest thing is, they don’t even know my parents… and it got me thinking I’m not even sure how they feel about the winter anyway! Continue reading