Usually the day after Remembrance Sunday I start our Christmas preparations.
These preparations normally kick off with the making of the Christmas Chutney.
Not this year.
I love our family traditions. I’m a big believer in developing traditions and creating memories. But I’m also cautious of doing things ‘for the sake of it’ and am keen to prioritise quality family time.
The decision has been made to ‘take Christmas off’ this year.
Things I’m not doing:
1. Making Christmas Chutney (my recipe is here)
2. Slow-cooking Christmas puddings (my recipe is here)
3. Hand-making the majority of the gifts (I made scarves in 2012)
4. Making and sending cards (although I loved making these!)
5. Cooking a Christmas dinner (here’s how to slow-cook turkey)
It’s an experiment. Rather than ‘doing it myself’ this season, I’ll be outsourcing.
I intend to:
1. Run a giveaway, here at the blog, for chutney. Maybe they’ll send me some too?
2. Run another giveaway for a fabulous pud. I won’t be needing one this year – see below.
(Guy’s the giveaways are for you. I’m frequently offered products to review and decline – asking for giveaways instead)
3. Reduce gift-giving even further than previous years. But what I do purchase I will endeavour to buy locally handmade gifts where I can, supporting Mum’s like me. I’ll also be gifting experiences and consumables – but more on that to come!
4. I haven’t sent many cards the last few years, But this year it’ll be zero Christmas cards. The Kids send them – and they’ll be home-made. We’ll have an afternoon crafting for them to make theirs.
5. It’s the first ever year we’ll be eating out on Christmas Day. There’ll be no slow-cooked turkey for us this year. I thought I might feel redundant. I don’t. Already I feel a huge sense of relief. This was not expected.
There’s no plan this year.
No obligation to make or do anything. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be making and doing things. We will. But I’m going to be lead by the Kids’. We’re going to have fun. And by reducing the commitments and ‘must-do’s’ I have, the more we can enjoy this season – I hope?
It may be I change tack again next year, but unless we try other ways of doing things – how can we know what works for us?
As our family matures, our needs and wants change.
In fact in the future, once Santa becomes less of a focal point, my hope is to recreate the infamous Wham Christmas.
There’s much more to come on how Christmas will be this year. This is a conversation starter.