I must confess…Christmas Confessions
We may not be ready for it but Christmas is drawing ever closer. In fact as of today it’s only 11 days away.
And I must confess I’m not at all ready for it.
It took watching another parent give an early end-of-year gift to one of Delilah’s preschool teachers last week to remind me that I needed to organise our teacher gifts. I had completely forgotten about them – the thought had not even crossed my mind, even though we are entering the last week of school today.
So on Friday I added teacher gift shopping to the list of things to do, in addition to the family present shopping and festive food shopping.
Before last Friday I didn’t really have anything prepared, save for a few things I’d collected from the Myer Giftorium last month. I didn’t even have any Christmas cards or gift wrapping in the house. I was officially out of the Christmas loop, even though I am now working from home and no longer need to juggle office hours.
Considering the fact that I could have started all this long ago, it’s the least prepared I think I’ve ever been. And that’s saying something, considering some of the other Christmas confessions I’ve made over the years…
5 years worth of Christmas confessions
- Like the time I felt festy rather than festive (but to be honest I think I feel that way every year!)
- As well as the time I confessed to the worst 5 Christmas gifts that I’ve ever received. Hot tip, do not give toiletries as gifts, however prettily they are packaged up 😉
- Of course there was also the time I dedicated an ode to my perennial unpreparedness for Christmas – things have definitely not changed!
- But there was the year of Christmas miracles, where all the ducks lined up in a row and made my season rather jolly – a true Christmas miracle.
- And the year where I belatedly shared the things I know about Christmas – a mere 48 hours out from the big day itself…
- But ultimately my Christmas truths still stand – I must confess I still just want to soak up the wonder and joy of Christmas without the obligatory worry, stress and running around.
I think my many years of Christmas confessions lead inevitably to the one conclusion – I will never be organised. I will never be fully prepared. I will never be as ready as I want to be.
But that’s okay.
Because I always make it work, somehow.
My kids always have a good time. It doesn’t matter what presents they receive or whether the house is beautifully decorated or not. The magic of Christmas is alive and well in their minds and in their hearts. And that’s all that matters.
We always spend quality time with family, regardless of how much time I was able to devote to present selection or food preparation beforehand. It doesn’t matter. It’s enough that we are all together, for a little while, at least.
So I’ll do my best to forget the pressure and the stress and the obligations of the season. And try to concentrate instead on the end result – belly laughs with loved ones, falling into an obligatory food coma after lunch and just being thankful for everything good in life.
Do you feel the same about Christmas? Any juicy Christmas confessions to share?
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