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10 Things I Love About Christmas

  • December 11, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 18 Comments
Christmas 2012 with photo of absent son.

Christmas 2012 with photo of absent son.

Well another year is almost done and dusted and like everyone else I’m asking “where has this year gone”?  After years of dreading Christmas because of:

a. It is a lot of hard work for the person hosting Christmas lunch.
b. The whole giving and receiving of presents has got out of hand.
c. You spend so much time and money on food, drink and presents that it takes you almost the entire year to pay back your credit card!

 

I am actually looking forward to Christmas 2014 and this is why:

1.  I am only working part-time and I have plenty of time to be organised this Christmas.

2.  Both of my children will be home this Christmas and not jaunting around the world snow boarding in Canada or backpacking through Mexico.

Backpacker daughter somewhere in the USA

Backpacker daughter somewhere in the USA

3.  It is just going to be a small party of five for Christmas Day instead of the twenty or so we normally have.

4.  After spending six months on a caravanning holiday this year I feel refreshed and relaxed leading up to Christmas and not a frazzled burnt out wreck as in previous years.

5.  Christmas gifts are all sorted even though there is still a few weeks until Christmas.

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree

6.  For the first time ever we are hosting a Christmas party at our house with our neighbours in our street which should be fun.

7.  No trying to make Skype or Viber video calls along with the entire population on Christmas Day to family abroad.

8.  Christmas lunch is going to be a menu that I like rather than cooking traditional Christmas fare.

Baking the Christmas Ham

Baking the Christmas Ham

9.  I’m confident my husband and children are going to buy me a great Christmas gift this year instead of a frying pan or a flower vase.

10. I am already absorbing the Christmas cheer vibes and I am going to smile at everyone I encounter and say “Merry Christmas”!!

Oh and Santa, I have been a really good girl this year, so do you think you could give me an extra special present??

What are the things you either like or dislike about Christmas?

 

 

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By 50 Shades, December 11, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

18 Comments
  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    December 11, 2014

    I have never and would never put Christmas festivity stuff on a credit card. If I can’t afford it I don’t buy it. I don’t even have a credit card! I’m thrilled to hear you’ll have all your family with you this year Kathy.Gosh your daughter looks like you! I’ll have all of mine too :) That’s my favourite bit.

    • Kathy
      December 11, 2014

      Yes Christmas is all about family for me too! Pinky I don’t have a credit card either – I’m just exaggerating slightly!!

  • sherylallen
    December 11, 2014

    I’m in total denial about Christmas. I do this every year, mainly because of those first three points you made above. Then about three days out I surrender to the idea and madly get things fluffed and ready. I’m still in grinch stage right now but before long and I’ll be busily decking the halls. Your Christmas plans sound lovely. :)

    • Kathy
      December 11, 2014

      I am normally very ‘unchrismassy’ because my two kids have been absent over the past few years and the thought of Christmas without them was depressing. However this year I’m all for it!

  • Kim Acedo
    December 12, 2014

    YAY! The kids will be home! Happy for you :) Looking forward to hearing more about it!

    • Kathy
      December 12, 2014

      Yes both of the kids will be home for the first time in three years. It’s just not Christmas without your family around you!

  • Rachel
    December 12, 2014

    I am the Christmas scrooge, I don’t like all the running around, amongst others madly running around so I do as little as possible. I get into the swing of planning for the year ahead, attempt to avoid the masses. But I do try and over indulge on Christmas day and eat myself silly to remember how uncomfortable it is.

    This year I feel burnt out, so relaxing is all I will do.

    But even the stooge wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a play it safe on the roads if out traveling.

    • Kathy
      December 12, 2014

      I agree that the lead-up to Christmas can be very stressful. Everyone is trying to get things done before the Christmas break and spending way too much money! I do hope you get your wish of having a relaxing one :)

  • Rae
    December 12, 2014

    Sounds like you are going to have a fabulous relaxed Christmas x

  • Life Images by Jill
    December 12, 2014

    sounds like you are in for a great Christmas Kathy. I hate the usual build up/stress leading up to Christmas. Ours is going to be much much more low key this year. We have done the Christmas shopping & my husband has put up the lights but I am sorry to say that I have had a slow start feeling the Christmas spirit – I haven’t even put up our tree yet! Hopefully this weekend.

    • Kathy
      December 13, 2014

      I have the tree up, the pressies bought, the cards waiting to be sent but haven’t made my Christmas pudding yet. That will be next week. I’m like you – I hate all the fuss about Christmas. A lot of people get very stressed.

  • Johanna
    December 13, 2014

    Sounds like you are really organised and all set for a fabulous small family Christmas. I agree, there is so much hype around the day, and so much of it comes back to being commercial. Enjoy, relax and have fun with your hubby and children this year :)

    • Kathy
      December 13, 2014

      I am organised this year Jo. Normally I’m running around like a crazy person. Thank you for your Christmas wishes. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well. :)

  • Nancie
    December 14, 2014

    I’ve been an expat for almost 15 years, and my Christmas celebration have no resemblance to when I lived in Canada. Usually, I am at a beach somewhere; sometimes with friends, sometimes solo. I buy for my Dad, and I send a few cards (fewer every year), and I love it. This year I will be in Bangkok. I’ve booked a food tour for Christmas Eve day, and a cooking class for Christmas Day. I am excited!

    • Kathy
      December 14, 2014

      Thai food for Christmas sounds divine! Makes a good change from stodgy food. I hope you enjoy it. :)

  • Red Nomad OZ
    December 14, 2014

    I think the whole secret to an enjoyable Xmas is to get organised early! Why do I always leave things to the last minute? It’s not like Xmas day is on a different surprise date each year!! But my other (usually secret) strategy is lowering my expectations :D

    • Kathy
      December 14, 2014

      I know, I know, I say I’m going to more organised and I’m going to simplify Christmas every year. But I tend to still be running around like a maniac the day before doing last minute stuff!

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