Hey there! Thanks for stopping by today.
I’m not a Christmas stress-head. I don’t really even start to think about Christmas until about 10 days out (which means I have only just semi-thought of it so far!). Ha. I never see the need to get all in a flap about one single day of the year.
I’m not a full Grinch, I just like to treat Christmas as a break from the ‘normal’… not a time of the year to send me even more crazy! 😉
I think this has come from the fact that I am usually unwell around this time of the year so I haven’t wanted Christmas to be high on my list of stresses.
I also think that as the boys get older the less ‘magic’ there is. No more Christmas concerts, craft, Santa visits in the mall.
Plus the tree has never really been my jam. I do it, but I don’t love it… ha! I feel Christmas and the decorating is just overwhelming – maybe I’m becoming more minimalist than I think!
I also try to be mindful of money around this time of year. I don’t like to waste and I won’t buy things just for the sake of it, because in the blink of an eye the day is over and we’re back in the real world with bills to pay, uniforms to buy, school fees are due… Some people have nothing, and my kids don’t need all the stuff.
My family is much happier around this time of the year if we are simply watching Christmas movies, or the cricket, or swimming in the pool or driving around looking at lights.
If you jump on Pinterest there are a lot of posts on “Things to do before Christmas” or “How to deal with anxiety at Christmas” or “Follow this checklist..” I just think WOAH…. actually just stop and take a breath people! 😉
Do less, enjoy it more, take it easy…
My husband works about 50 hours a week in his own business and never takes a break except for the 2-3 weeks he closes his business over Christmas. He works too hard and what he loves to do in that down time is just stay home.
That’s what I like about Christmas.
Not the buying, wrapping, wasting.
I like Christmas time to feel slow-paced. I want it to be a time of less consumerism, more conscious buying, and more about just being the same room as my family.
This year we are off to my Mum and Dad’s house for Christmas lunch. There will only be my family, my Mum and Dad and my brother and his fiance. Only 9 of us. We’re bring the ham, a salad and the pav. It’ll be super simple. We’ll sit outside, talk rubbish and laugh all day while the kids swim in the pool.
While everyone is still finishing up school and work here, we are just cruising through the days as normal.
Just look after you this Christmas. Look after your health, your mental health!
In January, let’s all start some de-cluttering challenges?? I love those! I’m on a mission to find an online one we can all follow that’s super easy. ♥ KC.