It’s my favourite time of year again and I am feeling full of Christmas inspiration. This is the first time I haven’t worked in retail over the Christmas period since 2008. Yes, you heard me, that’s over 10 years! It took me a while to realise what felt different about this year. I think it was definitely the lack of build-up, in the fashion biz you’re talking about Christmas from about August. How nice that I get to enjoy it organically for once. To all my friends in retail, I commend you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Much to my disappointment, this is the second year in a row we won’t be having a Christmas tree. Last year we were in the middle of moving and this year we are headed down south to spend Christmas with our friends and family. Because of this, I am living vicariously through Pinterest and finding Christmas inspiration wherever I can.
I am so excited to tuck into some festive food this year, in particular, smoked salmon. Being pregnant last year I missed out on a few of my favourite foods *worlds tiniest violin plays*. Needless to say, I am extra-especially excited about seafood and maybe a cocktail or two!
A lot of people in Townsville seem to put their Christmas lights up in November. I assume it’s because it gets dark earlier here, so there is more time to enjoy them. I have been loving seeing them pop up all over our suburb, there are actually quite a few in our street which is pretty cool. I’m trying to convince Jordan to let us decorate our house next year…We’ll see how that goes.
As for desserts I have been stocking up on the free mags from Coles and Woolies, poring through the pages for Christmas inspiration. While I doubt I will go too out of my comfort zone, I would love to maybe try making something different this year. I used to always make hazelnut ice cream but I can’t exactly pack the ice cream maker in my suitcase. While it may be time to let that tradition go, I’ll never give up my tradition of eating as many Ferrero Rochers I can get my hands on.
Table decor, colour coordinated gift wrap, a decorated tree. I don’t know if that’s on the cards for me this year. I do know though that I’ll be sending Christmas cards in the mail, sleeping in a house full of loved ones, celebrating my daughters first Christmas and acknowledging the birth of Jesus with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Those things are much more important, don’t you think?