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  1. Kim Carberry

    Aww! What a pretty decoration on your tree.
    I agree with your mum. The magic really is in the build up to Christmas but it is hard to feel Christmassy when the kids are getting older and there is awful things going on in the world. I am feeling pretty meh about Christmas at the moment but I am sure I will find the Christmas feeling soon x
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  2. Malin SenLearningwPenguin

    This is so relatable, Anne! We didn’t have huge family Christmases when I was a kid, but still more than we have now, for better and for worse. And my mum was very good at preparing food, baked goods, snacks etc. I grew up in Sweden, and I feel the whole advent period is more marked there, as a period of ‘waiting for Christmas’. It helps that we celebrate Lucia on 13 December, it’s like a little pre-Christmas, with candles, songs, mulled wine, ginger snaps and saffron buns. I too often struggle with getting into the Christmas spirit, but taking time to highlight Lucia can really help getting my Christmas juices flowing.
    This year has been so weird and I’m not really able to relax and feel christmassy, yet. I hope we’ll both soon get more into it xx #MMBC
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  3. Laurie

    I remember the pest part of Christmas wasn’t the day, it was the anticipation. I always had an a\Advent calendar to help build excitement as I opened the door each day until Christmas Eve. Good to read your posts again, Anne! I need to get back to linking up again and visit some of my blogging friends! 🙂
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  4. Joanne

    I struggle so much with the Christmas feeling every year though if I’m totally honest I have loads of it in the beginning of the month. I love baking, watching movies with my family, decorating, buying and wrapping gifts but the flurry of activity at the end tends to do me right in and I struggle to hold onto those good feelings.
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  5. Joleisa

    Oh, I loved reading your post. It gave me more of the vibes for Christmas. It has always been my favourite time of the year. I give thanks during this ‘special’ year that we still have life and still get to enjoy it. What is ‘the sunday snap’? Is it a linky?

    • Anne Sweet

      Hi ladies, Thank you for your kind comments. The Sunday Snap is indeed a linky on Rachel’s blog. We share a photo every Sunday. You should find it if you click the image x

  6. Sarah MumofThree World

    It sounds like your mum did an amazing job with Christmas! I’m the other way round – I like the bit after Christmas rather than the bit before. I really enjoy those days between Christmas and new year. They are literally the only days of the year when my husband doesn’t work and it’s so nice to get a break. The build-up to Christmas stresses me out! We will get our tree today (12th) and I’ve still got lots of presents to wrap and a couple more to buy.
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  7. Cheryl | Time To Craft

    I totally agree that the run up to Christmas is by far the best part. I love the music and the twinkly lights. Also the baking before hand. My job was to make peppermint creams and fudge, when I was a teen. The house was always full of people on the day, when I was a child, due to being ex-pats and hosting other ex-pats. I love the image of all your family visiting. Must have been a lovely and jolly. #mmbc

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