Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas

This coming Sunday is the start of Advent. That means it's time to start getting ready for Christmas.

While for me, Christmas is primarily a spiritual thing, all of the family things around it are also very special.

Because of the summer heat, I have limited energy, but there are some things I will always gather the energy for (even if other important-ish things miss out.)

My family puts up our Christmas tree on the first Sunday of Advent.  My daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter will visit. So they, my son, and I will decorate the tree together. Our Christmas decorations are like a family story.  They all have memories attached to them, so for me, the day we decorate the tree is very special. I have to come up with a nice decoration to celebrate my new grand-daughter's birth this year.

I also spend most of December baking the family's favourite treats for Christmas. My kids grew up just knowing there'd be home-baked shortbread, fruit mince pies, cake and puddings, and fresh home-made lollies. Yes, I know Christmas could happen without these things, and it would be easier to buy manufactured Christmas treats, but I love that they love it all.

It's harder to do it all now, but it's still important to me that I can do it. As with everything, it's a matter of prioritising what I do.

In the summer heat, rationing my energy is incredibly important. Doing my baking in the coolest part of the day is one of my strategies to help protect the little energy I have. Having an afternoon nap or retreating somewhere for air conditioning during the hottest part of the day also makes a big difference.

1 comment:

  1. I have to say that decorating the tree for my family was always the same. Unfortunately, we all live in different places and so I have missed this event the last couple years. Each year, we would take all the boxes of decorations out of storage, put on our favorite christmas CD, and spend a nice family night together decorating the tree. The task would always take hours because we get distracted by various decorations, but this was one of the best parts of the whole night for me. Hope your having a good holiday season!

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