Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year. All of November I let it brew inside my head, waiting with anticipation for the First Of Advent to arrive, the start of the big Christmas countdown. And still, every year, I feel like once it all starts I just don't have enough time... Anyone who can agree with that? Four weeks of preparation is just not enough. Because there are so many things I want to do and make, see and enjoy. Maybe, just maybe, the First Of Advent is a little teeny weeny bit too late...
So far I have brought down all my Christmas boxes from the attic and this year it is so much easier for me to decorate as I made a great effort to Organize My Christmas Clean Up from last year. I highly recommend you do the same when the time comes. It will save you some tantrums and headaches, exciting kids ripping all boxes open and spreading EVERYTHING around in a chaotic mess. Saying that, I still got three boxes to go. But I'm not fussed.
The Christmas countdown is about enjoying being together, not stress around like a headless chicken and beating myself up for not making it all happen at once. Although that has taken me many years of practice to realize and I'm still working on it.
So part from my occasional stressing around (!!! Yes I'm still doing it... I'm sooo NOT perfect...) this week I had moments of joy, love and laughter. Like when making saffron buns with Emmy. Having Christmas dinner with some girlfriends and laughing myself tickled pink. Peeping through lit windows when the dark falls. Listening to the school choir by the Christmas tree in the village. Making some handmade Christmas gifts on a quiet afternoon before kids rumbles in through the door. Watching the movie Elf and having tea and ginger cookies. Opening the first of many doors in the advent calendar. And lighting two candles in the advents chandelier for the Second Of Advent of course. That is almost the best part.
What was your best part of the week?