Sunday, 6 December 2009

A Pause in Advent .... Christmas Present

Another week has flown by .... where does the time go??   I hate waste of any sort (my waistline will testify to that!) especially the wasting of time.  Those old sayings like  "don't put off till tomorrow what can be done today" are worth paying heed to ..... time is the one precious thing that we don't get again so be thankful for every day you have.

I love the old stories from Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol has to be a favourite .... last week I spoke about Christmas Past so this week thought it appropriate to think about Christmas Present .

There are lots of us feeling the effects of the recession but it does make you think more deeply about the difference between 'wants' and 'needs'.  When I see all the adverts on TV and stories about toys that are sold out I realise now with age and experience that most of it is totally useless and unneccesary .... it will all be piled high on next year's car boots.  Now I love a good old car boot but when you stand back and take a look at just how much unwanted tat is out there it makes you think.

We are having to budget carefully and for the first year ever we have an artificial tree .... I could not justify the prices being asked for them this year and settled for a half price bargain in Argos and to be quite honest it looks just as good with the bonus of no messy pines to clear up.  Everyone will be getting a little less in their stockings this year but what is given will be given with love.  We will all be together for Christmas dinner which will be later in the day this year as two of my offspring have to work during the day.  One is a midwife .... babies don't stop just because it's Christmas and the other is a chef who will be preparing other people's lunch ..... he hates the sight of turkey!!

For years I have been collecting Spode Christmas Tree dinnerware .... one of my few extravagances and I love getting it out of the cupboard and dusting it down for another year.

We will  be having a turkey dinner (number one son excepted for reason stated previously .... he has a juicy steak) and I will be having a little mini Christmas Pudding .... none of my lot like it so they will have a homemade Yule Log.

We will play a few games, watch a bit of TV and no doubt have a nap later in the day and will spare a thought for those who are not as lucky as we are to have family around us.


  1. Know what you mean about this years christmas must have being next summers carboot bargain.

    I love the Spode plate - very pretty :)

  2. Lovely to hear about what you will be doing, and how you have got your priorities sorted for Christmas! The amount of money spent cannot be a measure of how good the Christmas will be...

  3. I totally agree on the spending, I think it is harder for most people this year.

    I agree with the being with the people you love on Christmas Day, infact we have just decided that we will have roasted veg mix with our turkey, as it is easier and leaves us more time with the children out of the kitchen.

  4. Sounds to me like you have got it right.....

  5. You Christmas sounds pretty good to me. It's more importtant to be with your family than how much is in anyones stocking.

  6. We are re-prioritizing as well. :) But we will enjoy each other's company and that is such a blessing.

    I love your snowfall :)