Although the signs have been there for MONTHS now – festive catalogues have been pouring through my letterbox since mid-August, Sainsburys had a display of mince pies in early September, and I even spied a Christmas tree in Barbados Airport in mid-October – I have held off even thinking about Christmas until now.
I used to love Christmas and all its attendant organisation and festivities, but somehow over the last few years, it’s become more and more of a chore and less and less enjoyable. I just find the whole thing a bit of an effort, and to be perfectly honest, I’d far rather spend it on a sun-drenched beach sipping a pina colada or three than at home opening presents and eating turkey.
I don’t know what’s made me feel like this – there’s been no family fallings out over anything Christmas-related, I’m lucky enough not to have to worry too much about how much it’s all costing, I’m very organised about all the shopping and wrapping and posting, and I don’t even have to cook Christmas dinner, as Ashley does it.
Anyway, the going-away-to-a-hot-exotic-location-and-ignoring-Christmas option has been vetoed by the entire family, so I guess it’s inevitable that 25th December will be upon us towards the end of next month, so I’d better start doing something about it.
I’ve been madly Christmas shopping all week – mostly online. So much so that my credit card company rang me on Wednesday to check that my card hadn’t been stolen as there had been so many transactions this week!! I plan to have all my presents bought by the middle of next week. There’s far too much present buying goes on at Christmas, I think. A friend of mine suddenly started giving us a Christmas present about five years ago, so of course, we felt we had to reciprocate. Last month, she suggested we stop this year, and would I mind? Great idea, I immediately said. (One less gift to think of, wrap and buy – hooray). I suggested to my brother and his wife that we don’t bother with presents for each other, just buy for the kids – they were more than happy to go along with it. Another two less to worry about. So the whole present thing is looking a lot less like hard work already.
Then I’ll have to wrap them all. I hate wrapping. I used to love it, and spent hours matching paper, ribbon and decorations and writing out gift tags. I think because I spend all year wrapping eBay parcels, the enjoyment of wrapping has eroded somewhat over the last decade. So this year wrapping will be quick and minimal. Ribbons begone!
Oh God, and then there’s the food shop …. I HATE the food shop. I know, I’ll make Ashley do it. Excellent, that’s sorted then.
I’m sure it’ll all be fun in the end. But I’d still secretly prefer the beach/pina colada option.
How do you feel about Christmas? Love it or loathe it?