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The reality of Christmas

I've just arrived home from nine days away for Christmas - four with my parents and four with Tom's with a day of tattoo time in between.  Surrounding the Christmas tree, which up until last week was enveloped by presents wrapped in multicoloured paper awaiting being torn off by friends and family, now bears the presents we've been given, on show for us to enjoy before they're absorbed into the house.  I want to savour those last few moments of Christmas but now it is New Year's Eve and I don't feel quite ready for the new year but it's coming anyway, regardless, regardless of the fact that there are clothes to unpack and to wash, Christmas DVDs still in their wrappers, tins of Celebrations and Pringles unopened.

Looking back on the last nine days I can't help but wonder if I was a Christmaszilla (like a Bridezilla, but Christmas.  Is that a thing?) I know I started getting excited sometime around mid-October, when presents began being bought, Michael Bublé made his first appearance on my iPhone and I started dreaming of stringing the house with Christmas lights.  Like the anticipation of a carefully planned event or a wedding, months of excitement and 'looking forward' can almost never deliver a day that is exactly as you imagined.  That's not to say that my Christmas was disappointing, far from it, it was wonderful.  But in my head every moment was filled with the smell of mulled wine, family gathered around a board game, Christmas films with the fire roaring away, glasses of Bucks Fizz, the savouring of special presents, laughter, joy.  And I'm so very lucky that we did all of these things, but I probably need to remember next year that it can't be all of these things all of the time.  That sometimes people want to do things that they want to do, or they might not like playing board games or eating the things that I want to eat and that's okay too.  I sometimes wonder if all of the media we consume, be it TV programmes and adverts, films, or the snapshots we get of people's lives through blogging make us believe that everything has to be picture perfect all of the time.  That we have to handmake immaculate gifts, have a Christmas that's bursting at the seams with non-stop fun, pick up the best bargains in the sales and then reflect on our perfect years.  But we would all do well to remember that sometimes Yorkshire puddings get burnt, you run out of wrapping paper, the shoes you wanted in the Debenhams sale sell out before you get a chance to buy them and the cookies you baked turn out like unsightly splodges instead of Christmas trees.  There's always next year.  What matters is friends and family.

Presents under the tree
Presents under the tree at my parents'
Dad's hamper
My Dad being chuffed with his hamper
Christmas dinner
Christmas dinner
Lush gift boxes
Lots of Lush treats

I thought I would really enjoy having a break away from blogging but in reality I missed it a lot.  I was lucky enough to receive a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas so I've been keeping up on reading blogs but I've missed being able to share things on here.  I've found renewed motivation and excitement for blogging whilst I've been away and I want to make 2013 a great year for the blog with lots of good things to read on here.  Blogging has become a huge part of my life and moreso even over the last few months and I owe it all to the awesome people who take the time to read it and comment (thankyou!) I spent some time earlier setting up a little Facebook page for the blog which I hope to put other bits and bobs on so please give it a like if you fancy.  Hope you all have wonderful New Year's Eves; I'll be spending it with Tom, Bodhi, an array of Marks and Spencers party food selection boxes and some good movies.  I can't think of anything better.

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14 comments

  1. Your blog is one of my favourites - of course, I have gone to like your facebook page!
    Your Christmas sounds wonderful [and love the photos..all those presents! :)]...I agree though, it can't be picture perfect. We had a very special person missing this year and, losing someone so close to Christmas definitely affected us, but nothing beats being with the people you love - no matter what.
    Happy new year lovely, hope you have a wonderful evening. Sounds perfect! xx

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  2. I really like this post! I agree, Christmas isn't what you always expect so I think the key is to just be happy that you're with the people you're with and whatever way the day goes it's okay. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas and that dinner looks yummy!

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  3. Ah yes, the Christmas hype. The sales hype. The New Year hype. Your right, sometimes you really just have to go with the flow. I've had a wonderful break at my mums. But we're the same, haven't really done anything we planned to. Doesn't help that it's rained the whole time.

    Hope you have a wonderful 2013 Rosie. I look forward to reading all about it on your blog :)

    Jen | sunny sweet pea xx

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  4. Keeping unwrapped presents under the tree is such a lovely idea and a good way to stay appreciative of, and value what you got given! I suppose I do this in my own way, by putting most of the things without an immediate home (i.e. that I can't wait to get my hands on) into gift bags and putting them up in my make up room. On second thoughts, perhaps that's just laziness and reluctance to tidy...?

    Happy New Year Rosie! x

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  5. I think you're completely right! It's so important to remember the good and the bad and be realistic about what everyone wants or dont want! This year we had a bit of a kick off from someone who is so used to everything going "perfectly" and the way SHE wants it to, that this year, when she had a family death and the day didnt go quite the way she is used to, she had a massive strop on christmas day then affecting it for everyone. xxx

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  6. the photos are lovely! happy new year :)

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  7. The perfect post. As much as I post a lot about Christmas on my blog, in real life, I actually don't really like it. I'd take a regular old weekend chilling with my family over the stress-filled consumer driven madness of Christmas any day.
    Glad you had a lovely time with your family and I wish you all the best for 2013 and I can't wait to keep reading all your wonderful posts
    x

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  8. Happy New Year! I started reading your blog this year and I love it - pity we didn't get to meet at #SWBXmas! Looking forward to reading more in the new year x

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  9. Glad the hamper went down well!

    Christmas is over so quickly but it sounds as though you made the most of it splitting your time up between two families.

    Look at all those pressies! Wow! :)

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  10. I think you can get a bit deflated after Christmas if you've put massive amounts of time and money into planning it... Sounds like you had a good one though :) I also stayed in for NYE, it's the way forward! Happy New Year xx

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  11. I've just found your blog and it's beautiful. I do the same with Christmas, I always imagine it perfectly in my head with little thought about what other people might want to do instead haha. I got a Kindle Fire HD too, they're wonderful!

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  12. Great photos! It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. I hope you and Tom had a lovely night last night and it's a fantastic 2013 for you guys!

    http://rafflesbizarre.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I spend a lot of time planning Christmas so I can understand what it's like for it not to live up to your expectations. Luckily mine did though I still wished a bit I had been more organised with the cooking so I could have created more - even though I put together the vegetarian centre piece, veggie sushi and a Christmas wreath made out of bruchettas.

    Given your blog a like on Facebook - it's one of my favs!

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  14. Great post Rosie, I loved reading this & I totally agree with you on the picture perfect Christmas. I get wrapped up in that every year and always find Christmas day a real come down, it's never quite what I expect it to be, well it is but as you say just not every minute of it.
    Hope you have a great 2013 and I look forward to reading more on A Rosie Outlook x x x

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