The Show Must Go On (Or in This Case, Christmas)

So, it’s all gone a bit shite, hasn’t it?

For those who don’t know, I live in Wales, which is back in lockdown, the joy. As a result, I’ve spent the last few days wondering if there is any real point of doing Christmas properly this year. Restrictions are only being lifted for Christmas day, and that just adds on the pressure of trying to figure out the logistics of how that’s going to work, on top of all the standard stress that comes with Christmas. On top of that, the kids are still really young, so they probably won’t even remember if this Christmas is on the crap side, so why bother.

Decorations are up, of course these include a unicorn and a Teletubby.

Here’s the thing though, I love Christmas. I love the magic, the nostalgia, watching everyone get into the Christmas spirit, and after the year we’ve all had, I think we deserve a little bit of Christmas joy. So, I’ve decided (after a few days of wallowing) to put on my big girl panties, roll up my sleeves and start getting everything back on track. I’ve found thankfully, that there’s not much needed, although I’m now for the first time ever having to cook Christmas dinner this year (I feel like I should apologise in advance to my husband). So it might still end up being a disaster after all, don’t get me wrong, I can cook just fine, but Christmas dinner is a whole other ballgame. So wish me luck, and pray I don’t screw it up.

My main thing is to focus on the kids, especially as this will be the first year when they can really enjoy Christmas. I looking forward to seeing their faces on Christmas morning, to see their reaction to the presents that we and Santa have got them. That to me, is the magic of Christmas and it’s what’s keeping me going throughout the next few days.

I’m also writing a list of family and friends who I need to check in with over the next few days. Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m notoriously bad at returning messages, but this year I want to make sure that I reach out to everyone who is important to me and even if it’s just wishing them a Merry Christmas, sometimes a simple message can make all the difference to someone’s day, now more so than ever.

With that I’m mind, I hope you have a lovely Christmas and the new year goes a hell of a lot better than the last.

Jo xx

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