Are you organised for Christmas? Do you have all your gifts wrapped and waiting to go under the tree? Is everything crossed off your ‘to do’ list? I wish I could say yes, Yes, and YES to all those questions, but sadly I can’t say Yes to even one of those questions. The good news is that apart from collecting the meat from the butcher tomorrow, I have finished all food shopping. I still have to get a couple more presents, wrap them up and the house also needs a clean and tidy. I probably won’t get that ironing done that I optimistically got ready this morning. It’s still sitting there.
I published a quote recently on Instagram, and it best sums up how I feel over Christmas.
The best thing is to keep yourself busy and not feel sad about the Christmas Day you’re not having with your family. I can’t remember actually the last time I had Christmas in Australia, although as I write this it dawns on me that my last Christmas in Australia was also my mother’s last Christmas. That makes me realise that even if I was in Australia, Christmas wouldn’t be the same anyway. I can’t dwell on the past. And that is why I try to throw myself into Christmas as much as I can. I am the one responsible for making my Christmas as wonderful as it can be. I am the one responsible for creating memories for my children for when they are adults, reminiscing over what Christmas was like for them. I am so lucky to be spending Christmas and New Year’s with those I love, and those who love me.
So, now to get the champagne in the fridge, write my ‘To Do’ list for tomorrow, make some dinner and tidy the kitchen (again) for the last time today!
Have you left Christmas shopping until the last minute? I’ll definitely be having a panic attack tomorrow if I can’t find the right gift to buy!