Today I want to talk about Christmas. I know it's still a long way off - but not that long! It's a slippery slope now all the way down to December 25th and I honestly cannot wait. We don't have a massive family although I do have in-laws living with me, but we are a small family which means Christmas is relatively low-key and for now, that's the way I like it. Christmas always seems to be a source of stress for people, especially the logistics of who is going where and when so I wanted to asked the question - Christmas, are you doing it your way or do you spend it trying to please others.
I've done it both ways, most years are a bit of a compromise and normally somebody is left feeling grumpy. This year the in-laws are off to my husbands sister, my parents are staying at home and I'm battening down the hatches. Christmas with just my husband and my children - perfect, it doesn't really get better than that. I love to cook but this year I am mostly ordering in and opting for convenience food - I'm having a year off! I feel like I spend most of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the kitchen and whilst I don't really mind, this year I'd like to be able to spend more time with the children, play with their presents and all curl up and watch a film without having to run and check on a turkey every 20 minutes. I don't want to go out and visit relatives or even have them come to visit me, so selfishly, I am not going to. We'll see everyone we need to see in the run-up to the big event and then I shall sit at home in a wine, mince pie and Ferrero Rocher induced coma and feel very happy with myself.
Don't get me wrong, I love the hustle and bustle of the festive season and part of the reason I originally wanted four children (never going to happen by the way...) was looking way into the future and think about the possibilites of having HUGE family Christmas's. We will of course do a big family event again, probably next year, but after a busy year, I just want a peaceful one with my close family and I'm enjoying the thought of not having to make three different types of stuffing or carefully selecting foods because of diabetics, vegetarians, nut allergies and non-pork eaters!
So, do you like a quiet Christmas or a busy one? Are you getting what you want this year or are you going to be pleasing other people? Do you like to be the entertainer or the entertained?