Simplify your Christmas: Don’t sweat the small stuff

By | November 20, 2010

Simple.  Christmas.

Not usually two words that go together are they?  But why not?  Surely Christmas should be about spending time with friends and family or watching the wonder on a child’s face.

Last year was C’s first Christmas but at just 6 months old she really didn’t have a clue what was going on.  She still doesn’t understand this year but she loves the pretty lights and can now pick out ‘San-ta’.

We’d just moved into our new house this time last year.  There were no carpets, no curtains, windows that let the wind through and bare plaster on the walls.  So we cheated and went to my parents for Christmas dinner.  Moving house a month before Christmas also meant that I’d managed to buy about 3 presents with just a week to go.  I’m happy to report that I am much more organised this year.

Now that the house is (almost) sorted, we’re doing Christmas at home this year.  I want it to be special for C but I know that, really, if I did us bacon sarnies for lunch she’d love it.  So I’m not going to get bogged down in the preparations for Christmas dinner and I’m not going to worry if there’s a piece of tinsel out of place on the tree.  I’m going to enjoy spending time with my family & I’m going to spend time decorating the tree and making the house sparkly.

I’ll try not to get annoyed at all the extra traffic on the roads in December and I’m going to enjoy Christmas Eve, sat drinking wine while C is asleep upstairs.

I don’t have a magic recipe for making your Christmas simpler but just remember the important things and don’t sweat the small stuff.


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This post was written for the Oxfam Blogging Carnival over at Who’s The Mummy



CherishedByMe on November 20, 2010 at 11:22 am.

How especially exciting it is going to be for you this year. She’ll love all that wrapping paper.
You’re right though, we all make Christmas so complicated and expensive…..says she who is panicking about it all! :0S

Emma on November 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm.

Awww! lovely post! I’m going to the MIL again for dinner as it just saves us going to the effort of making food and having to do the washing up! ;o)

Emma on November 24, 2010 at 10:11 am.

I don’t mind cooking but think I’ll try and bribe hubby with the washing up!