I feel such accomplishment today as I relax in my home, in my comfortable yoga pants on my comfortable lounge. Yep, I survived. What am I talking about?
The Christmas season.
I do this every year, plan to be super organised and buy the gifts early during the year, but inevitably, the months creep by and lo and behold December is upon us and not a lot of planning has been accomplished. The turkey, ham and pork were purchased in a frenzy of like-minded frazzled shoppers and at each checkout there were at least a dozen or so anxious people waiting to purchase their gifts. Not to mention the grocery store with hundreds of other people, shopping carts full of items enough to sustain three months of eating alone.
I’m a list person, so my handbag is full of lists. Some very old, some recent and some incomplete. In a hurry recently, I pulled out a list and began my search. It wasn’t long before I realised, this wasn’t my ‘recent’ list! Seems a handbag cleanout will be needed, but not until after Christmas.
Christmas for me consists mainly of four main festivities. My immediate family, which is usually one week before Christmas; my Mum’s side, which is celebrated on Christmas Eve; my Dad’s side, which is on Christmas Day and my husband’s side is celebrated on Boxing Day.
When 2am came around Christmas Eve after putting the children to bed, arranged for the reindeer’s food and water outside, filled up the Santa sacks and arranged Santa's late night snack and tot of whiskey, then placed all the gifts under the tree, our weary bodies climbed into bed, hoping for a super charged, peaceful and long sleep.
Lucky my boys slept in. I think they might have been the only children on this planet sleeping in on Christmas day.
This year, it was the first time I’ve hosted my husband’s side of the family on Boxing Day. This meant I had to be super organised with everything because we were tied up attending other Christmas gatherings. It’s been a manic time getting all the gifts, planning and preparing the food, rearranging the house to fit everyone to eat at the table, clean the house and garden and maintain this with two little boys running around playing their games amongst all the chaos.
I’m happy that the turkey turned out so well, I’m happy that the ham I bought was big enough, I’m happy that the different salads I made were tasty and I’m happy that the pudding was as good as it looked in the photo. I’m happy that the decision to have a slightly different version of pork was a good one and I’m happy that the White Christmas I made went down well with a cup of tea.
So, even though I feel tired today and ready for a nap any minute, I do feel content with my efforts and happy in general that the Christmas season has brought all the sentiments of the season together.
I hope you have had a lovely Christmas.
Looking forward to 2016 being an exciting and abundant year.
Time for a nap me thinks! ;-)
© Gillian Du Caurroy 2015
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