Christmas is Just One Day

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Christmas is just one day, but the build up lasts weeks or even months. I follow a few people on social media who had their Christmas tree up by the first of November! It seems so early, but each to their own! It is hard though not to compare and contrast your own festivities to other peoples now that we tend to share so much of our lives on social media. People start uploading pictures of their trees festooned with carefully colour co-ordinated decorations; Pillows and throws get changed for warmer colours, and everyone is bopping about to Bublé.

I wonder if behind the scenes of these perfectly curated little squares on instagram is absolute Christmas chaos like there probably will be at my house? The tree will have been pulled over by one of the kids at least once daily since it went up; the Christmas cards pegged to the pretty ribbon and hung from our picture rail will drop off at random intervals and the kids will moan if I dare try and put ‘Rockin’ around the Christmas tree’ on the TV to get us in the spirit.

For us Christmas is pretty quiet as we don’t have much family local, so it will be the four of us plus my mum who always comes to stay for a little while. So whilst it means we don’t have to get creative with seating arrangements it does mean we like to be extra tidy to accommodate her and all the extra toys that will inevitably arrive in the living room as we have no guest room!

The guest towels will come out and I’ll make sure they’re fluffy and that everything is welcoming; from fresh bed linen to having Andrex ready in the loo, so it’s clear we’re pulling out all the stops and using the very best in every area! The posh scented hand soap comes out, the ‘best’ table cloth and some proper coffee, no instant for her! If you’ve got guests staying this Christmas and want to make them feel at home maybe see if you can find out their favourite chocolate so you can leave one on their pillow, or find out their favourite band and have a CD playing in the background when they arrive? But things may still go wrong, and that’s okay!

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It does make me feel a better though that people all over the country, will be having their own festive disasters and dilemmas, we won’t be the only ones! I asked a few of my fellow bloggers what sort of Christmas conundrums they’ve faced in the past…
While my husband and I were dating we didn’t want to offend our families by picking one family to have Christmas dinner with. So we had Christmas dinner with my family then rushed off to have another Christmas dinner with his family. I have never been so full in all my life! – Robyn at Cold Cuppa Club
One Christmas as a child my uncles came with their parents at the time so out came the extending table. Now in the 80s before ikea it was flimsy extension propped up like a match stick. We’re very tall in my family so it was only a matter of time before Uncle Bobs gangly legs brought one end of the table down. Projectile stuffing balls so over cooked I’m surprised no one lost and eye and the one time of the year us southerners have gravy, it’s all over poor brothers lap. A Christmas to remember for sure! Phill at Corporate Dad
We blew up our oven using both sections of it and all four hob plates, trying to cook a first Christmas dinner for all our family in our new house. We ended up having to use the rotisserie in the gas barbecue, and some camping stoves! Lauren at Mummy is a Gadget Geek

What you should always remember though is that Christmas Day is just one day when it comes down to it, it’s not the end of the world if someone has to eat with their plate balanced on their knees, or if you forget the stuffing! If all the perfect little squares on instagram are making you get christmas-envy ignore them, or better still show people the reality of your Christmas! What counts is being with people you love and having a good time together! If a big fancy Christmas isn’t for you, don’t do it! Have a chilled out day in your PJs in front of the TV if that’s what makes you happiest!

 

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16 Comments

  1. 14th December 2016 / 10:33 pm

    When you think about it like that, it does make you wonder why you go to all this trouble and expense! We do love Christmas but have one child who struggles so things never ever go smoothly.

  2. 15th December 2016 / 7:33 am

    Christmas is always a much more stressful affair than it should be! Last year we barbecued our turkey so I had more room in the oven for everything else, it worked a treat! 😀

  3. 15th December 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Christmas is different for everyone isn’t it, what is most important i think is that you do it your way. This year has not been as stressful as previous years. Maybe because both my children are a little older and don’t play with the tree and this year my husband will actually be able to take some time off which he hasn’t done before. Wishing you a very merry christmas lovely xxx

  4. 15th December 2016 / 7:04 pm

    I found Christmas stressful. One Christmas we were hosting I came down with a sickness bug from about 1am until 11am. Then hubby came down with in at 7pm for the rest of the evening. We still managed to get everything cooked and celebrate though.

  5. 15th December 2016 / 8:53 pm

    It did seem like people were putting their trees up especially early this year. Madness.

    We have a very quiet Christmas planned – just the four of us. That’s how I like it to be honest. 😉

  6. 15th December 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I love Christmas so much and I can’t wait to make it magical for my little girl xx

  7. 15th December 2016 / 9:23 pm

    completely agree – it is just one day. For me, I like to focus on the reason for it too rather than all of the extra bits x

  8. 16th December 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Haha! I love the two Christmas dinner story – it’s like that episode of the Vicar of Dibley 😉 I love Christmas a crazy amount, but I do think Christmas trees in November is too far… xx

  9. 16th December 2016 / 10:36 pm

    I think that instagram sometimes projects a perfect image on to people and puts a lot of pressure on people. My house looks like an explosion in a tinsel factory. But I also believe that we all do things our own way and one of the hard things about social media is that is makes us quesyion that.

  10. Janet
    17th December 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I read this thinking ‘can’t believe she’s managed to get in there that she buys Andrex for the bathroom – what ridiculous marketing’ then realised that my husband has done most of the Christmas shopping and he bought Andrex ‘because it’s Christmas!’ We usually buy own brand. Wonder how many others do this???

    • 17th December 2016 / 3:52 pm

      I think lots probably! We also buy super expensive Orange juice, really posh coffee and luxury chocolates!

  11. 17th December 2016 / 10:05 pm

    I hope you’ll have a fab Christmas. I’ll be having it with 120 others as I live in a community and we will all eat together. Last year our dishwasher broke, can ou imagine hand washing for 120? Mich x

  12. Rosie Ellery
    17th December 2016 / 10:52 pm

    I love Christmas but I do worry about the details I just want it to be special for everyone. My mum and dad always make such a big effort when they host it I want it to be like theirs I will do my best and I just hope the dinner stays hot when I’m serving it up there’s enough for everyone and we have a few laughs x

  13. 18th December 2016 / 12:21 am

    We have our very own festive dilemma here right now, BLOODY CHICKEN POX! See? it’s not all instagram perfect baking and decor lol

  14. 18th December 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I have learned not to stress over christmas – it is just one day and people put far too much emphasis on it

  15. 27th December 2016 / 8:10 am

    When I lived with my mum we totally burnt the Christmas dinner and ended up having cheese on toast instead – it was still awesome!

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