I am starting to think about Christmas, are you?
This morning, watching the autumn leaves falling to the ground, a thought ‘it’s time to get the Christmas bauble rolling’ came to me.
I love Christmas. Over the last few years, it’s increasingly become a pleasure and most definitely has moved away from any potential of it becoming a chore.
The top priority, each Christmas, is spending time with one another. And never has that been more poignant than this year.
During the Summer I was interviewed by a Women’s magazine, asking the question ‘Has Christmas become too pressurised?’ Generally? Maybe. Specifically to us? No.
Our Christmases get simpler each year. Presents are still bought, events are still attended and food is still prepared. But it doesn’t feel pressurised, it feels like fun.
One of the key components to keeping the pressure off is to plan.
That planning process has already begun. Although it kicks in once we have celebrated Halloween.
Prior to Halloween I intend to have Christmas all wrapped up. All the simple gifts that are to be given to close family will have been collated, boxed up and shipped off to Santa. This leaves just the Kids’ Christmas lists to Santa to be fulfilled at a later date. That’s a post closer to December.
One day is allocated to sourcing all the items that will be placed in each persons no-clutter, consumable Christmas box. You can see how I do it here.
The format will be very much the same this year. Each person will receive a hamper or box (often upcycled) that contains something to eat, something to drink, something simple to wear such as socks, and an experience – this may be a voucher, ticket, or maybe a book or DVD.
This year each box will also contain an Angel Wish.
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(I hope to run a giveaway featuring The Choccy Pot soon)
Each week I will be doing a Christmas post – the next one will be a step by step guide to how I put together my simple Christmas boxes – as I hope that by next week it will indeed be all wrapped up!
How are your Christmas plans coming along? Have you started them, or is it still too early for the C word?