I LOVE Christmas but having spoken to people & read various blogs it strikes me we put too much pressure on ourselves to create a perfect day & spread ourselves too thinly.
For me Christmas is not just about THE day its the build up & traditions. I'm by no means perfect & stress about the usual things like money, when am I going to have time to wrap the presents & what to buy that awkward relative but I don't stress about Christmas day itself.
A lot of people seem to worry about squeezing in as many relatives, locations and activities into 24 hours as possible and making it all perfect. Some peoples schedules are dizzying and just what is perfect?
How can you enjoy yourself if you are clock watching, wondering when you can finally stop being a taxi & enjoy a large drink or single handedly feeding 15 people the perfect roast.
For me as long as I've seen my friends & family in the lead up to Christmas seeing them on Christmas day isn't the number one priority. Don't get me wrong it's lovely to see people but it's also lovely to relax & enjoy your children & their excitement. Plus isn't that what boxing day is for! With regards to the meal isn't it just a posher roast. Why stress about it?
I always organise a big friends & family get together a week or 2 before Christmas I see everyone in one large swoop and I love it. I also think it eliviates the pressure to squeeze too much into Christmas day itself.
It's one of my favourite Christmas events & has become a tradition. I also love our annual panto trip, the kids Christmas concerts, the tree buying, seeing Santa & garden centre bauble browsing. These are my Christmas bursts of happiness. It's not just about Christmas day itself.
I guess what I'm saying is remember people spread the Christmas cheer over a few days & don't stress about making just one 24 hours in the whole year perfect. Kids will cry maybe grown ups too. Drinks will be spilt & no one will eat the sprouts even though its a new wondrous recipe.
Remember to enjoy yourself & note to self remember next year to actually pay into the Christmas saving club not just join!