How are you feeling about Christmas this year?
Are you filled with excitement and anticipation or perhaps you are not in the least bit enthusiastic?
Are you from a traditional family who gather around the tree in harmony? Or is your family partly fragmented and while gathering together is good in theory it might not always be achievable in reality? Honestly, I am more in the latter category.
On a positive note I am looking forward to giving our children and close family members a manageable quantity of affordable and practical gifts.
Setting the table properly and cooking some special food is something I love planning.
Christmas baking, gift making and some easy craft projects are three of my favourite things at this time of year.
I do not love shopping bags bursting with useless plastic junk. Hot, crowded shopping centres make me anxious. Trolleys overflowing with enormous amounts of Christmas food also remind me of the crazy excess that people feel obliged to indulge in.
This Christmas I will be working on finding a balance somewhere between a special family celebration and unnecessary excess.
For me, online shopping and homemade gifts are a better alternative to shopping in the heat and making hasty, last minute decisions.
I will gather my groceries well in advance and be happy to improvise with the rest. Our menu will be quite non-traditional this year, using at least two recipes inspired by Sophie from Local is Lovely.
I will take my children to drop off some food at a local collection point for charity. They may or may not completely understand but I feel this is an important part of our Christmas.
How do you tackle this time of year?
Has your strategy changed over time? I know mine has.
Happy Sunday friends.