When nature provides this in the morning.
When nature provides this in the morning.
15 years to the day (17 December) since we arrived in France to live…
what’s not to like…
Obviously… we are all very different.
For me, Christmas has been magical since very early childhood… and I enjoy keeping this going for those around me… (as well as me, too).
But I do appreciate some folk detest/dont bother… and all shades in between.
I’d give anything to have had a video camera to capture that moment when our little tot crawled downstairs and caught sight of our Fully Bedecked Christmas Tree in all its glory, for the very first time…
This year, we are very calm/quiet re decorations. We wont be having guests, so we’ve just put out a few “family” deccy bits which hold good memories.
No Christmas tree this year, so no need for the “fairy” which predates our daughter…
How she loved being held up to pop that ancient fairy on the topmost twig, once she and her Dad had bedecked the jolly green giant…
Decorating the tree was a father/daughter special treat… I was only allowed to watch.
I only got that joke because Christine explained the modern use of that word last week,
BTW Edit: The link in my OP appears to be working now, no idea why it didn’t before or why anything has changed, if indeed it still has.
Edit Edit: Just noticed that Santa’s reindeer appear to have been shoed with horseshoes.
It’s an interesting time. Christmas always happens to me, and some aspects are great, some not so much. In young adulthood presents were still great, but now are less so since we no longer need ‘stuff’. Getting together is a necessary part of retaining family identity, yet it tends to be a time to make the best of rather than actually enjoying it.
Parties are often awkward and lonely experiences. Small talk is difficult with people you know but aren’t friends, and don’t have shared interests. Groups often form which resist entry and there’s an internal sense of pressure to 'find someone ’ even though I’ve been happily married more than 40 years. I also don’t hear well, and conversation is much harder in a noisy environment.
So Christmas is good, but uncomfortable.
Once well into her Teens and very much her own person… we always made it very clear to our daughter… if you get a better offer to celebrate Christmas with friends… take it… don’t worry about us.
We were sincere and it was much appreciated by our darling girl.
thus the times she spent with us, it wasn’t out of duty… but because she hadn’t had a better offer…
More often than not, we had a mixed bag of last-minute guests (from the pub) and it made such occasions good fun… if rather chaotic…
I found being alone that I couldn’t be bothered to decorate or put the tree up. It was a very easy state of mind to get into especially as I knew the only people to see it would be the neighbours. Now with family on the doorstep and a new home with plenty of space to put the big tree up again after 11 years it has been lovely and my little grandson has a problem with where the smaller decorations have been placed and keeps moving them around, never know where I will find a santa or a reindoor ornament.
That’s exactly what I have always done with my daughter.
This Christmas I have been too tired to do anything in the house or write cards.
It’s not the same.
I am now feeling better and will make the fish pie for Christmas Eve and the smoked salmon pate to take on Christmas Day.
I arrived 23rd December 2004 . Christmas shopping condensed into 1 day.
Graham, your non-christmas list (no decorations etc) seems strikingly similar to ours.
We have also painstakingly negotiated ‘No Present’ pacts, both with each other, and our respective families.
It has taken some years to persuade my very traditionally Christmas minded mother and sister in-law, but finally all are ‘signed up’. Greatly reduces the stress of Christmas for us, and also ensures no unwanted presents. I do appreciate though that this is not for everyone!
We do send cards - mainly just to remind people that we are still live and kicking (and still able to annoy the hell out of them) but as for presents, like you, we don’t bother except in so far as to bung a few quid to our son (in the UK) to buy something for the 2 grandkids.
This year they are taking them for family holiday time together over the festive season which we have made a modest contributed towards.
Every window has lights, I have a big Herrnhuter Star hanging from the veranda roof, and icicle lights adorning the wall under the veranda. The pompier, who it turns out drank in the same pubs as me in my hometown in Germany, was very complimentary indeed. But the calendar goes in the bin. Pictures of crispy livestock and burnt out houses, anyone???