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.