I’m guessing like most families, we try and split our time evenly across my family and Tim’s family for Christmas. It’s a logistical juggle that I feel lots of families have over Christmas, but it’s never been a huge stress for us. Christmas Eve has become just as special as Christmas Day so it feels like no one misses out and there is still that level of grandeur put into the meal/setting the table/presents (plus you get to watch the Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve so it’s kind of a big deal anyway).
Am I alone in feeling like Christmas Eve & Boxing Day seem to almost trump Christmas day itself? It just seems so much more enjoyable where there isn’t this huge expectation to have a wonderful day. Kind of how I feel about New Years Eve. When I was younger New Years Eve plans would be overthought for a good few months before the day arrived. I would honestly feel stressed about having the perfect plan for when the clock stuck midnight that I quickly got over the idea altogether and can’t really remember the last time I went out to celebrate NYE. It’s when I type comments like these that I realise just how old I am truely getting. In my mind I think I’m still a 20 year old and then BOOOOMMM… grandma comments come out left right and centre and I realise I’m just one New Years Eve celebration away from being put into a nursing home.
This year we spent Christmas Eve up at Noosa with Tim’s family, and drove back to Brisbane to finish Christmas Day off with my family. These plans were only locked in last week as we weren’t sure where we would be due to some other circumstances, so I cheated slightly and set up a Christmas dinner at my place a week ago just in case. We hardly entertain at home as our living space is so small, but a visit from my mother in law and niece were a good excuse to get festive and put on a small Christmas dinner at home, even if it was a week in advance.
Wherever you find yourself over the festive season, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year (even if you are just staying at home and watching Love Actually for the millionth time, don’t feel like you are missing out. You’re a rockstar, and I like rockstars!). Thank you for sticking around with me throughout this year and supporting this little space. It truly makes me so happy to have met and worked with so many wonderful people through this blog and I can’t wait to continue the adventure into 2017.
Merry Christmas ya filthy animals* x
** I’m hoping you notice the reference to Home Alone, otherwise it sounds a little horrible