Ho, Ho, Ho! Things have taken a decidedly festive turn here in the last week. The tree is up, there are presents lurking in cupboards ready to wrap and I’m starting to plan the Christmas feast for Christmas day.
We usually travel to either side of the family at Christmas, but this year we’re having our first ever at home Christmas. It means I have to step up my Christmas spirit – which isn’t hard when you’ve got a three year old in the house who is just starting to understand what Christmas means.
Because we are usually away, we’ve made do with a small fibre optic tree bought from Coles with no decorations. That just wouldn’t do this year, so on Friday we set to work decorating our first proper sized tree. Jarvis got very excited by the baubles and got quite into the spirit shouting “MORE, MORE” even though the baubles were all nestled in the trees branches. And as a result, so did I. The iPhone was aclicking, instagram feed being updated and I genuinely felt that ‘inner-child’ moment of Christmas tree decorating of Christmas’s past.
I love our tree and this year it feels especially symbolic of firsts in our family: Hugo’s first Christmas, the first year Jarvis really ‘gets’ Christmas and our first family Christmas in our own home.
I’m still madly ticking off to do lists like a person possessed, but that tree in the corner is somehow a calming influence. A reminder of what it’s all about: family, fun, feeling, togetherness and effort rewarded.
What’s happening at your place this Christmas?