What gives you that Festive feeling? For me it’s most definitely the Christmas tree, lights and decorations. I couldn’t imagine not putting them up at home.
The Ghosts of Christmas Past
My Christmas tree is so old. I bought in our last home which was a lot smaller and we only had a small space. When we moved here we had a huge space for the tree and it looked measly. But as the years have gone by we’ve had more and more furniture and now there is barely space for the tree. Last year I wanted to buy a bigger tree and move some furniture but the family didn’t agree. This year I nearly never bothered putting a tree up at all, but I’m glad I did.
When I was a child we lived in a house with a big bay window. My Mum would move all the furniture around and even remove some to make room for a huge tree. She’d get rid of armchairs and replace them with spare kitchen chairs for all the guests that would come. My Nan would stay for Christmas and even bring her own armchair with her. It seems like a lot of effort for Christmas but it was always special.
I think that’s why I get frustrated sometimes by my own family’s lack of interest in decorations. But I can’t bring back the Christmas of my past, we just have to make our own traditions. It can still be festive.
This year is going to be tougher than ever with all the restrictions. It’s heart breaking to know that families can’t be together. More people than ever will be spending Christmas alone. It’s hard to get any sort of festive feeling when you realise what is going on around the world. I may wish for a family that loves Christmas like my family used to, but at least I have my family here around me. I’m really lucky.
What makes Christmas festive for you?
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It’s everything, really, Anne… The lights and decorations going up… Choosing the Christmas tree and waiting for it to arrive… My daughter dressing the tree… Ordering the ham and turkey… the big ‘shop’…. Reluctantly writing and sending cards but so glad I did… To be honest, I never cared too much for visiting extended family, just happy in our bubble, so it’s not so bad that way this year! Hope you enjoy yourself, Anne. Happy Christmas!
I do love it when the tree goes up. We bought a new one this year, a big 7ft one. Yours looks lovely.
I think doing the big food shop and having it delivered puts me in a festive mood. x
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The shopping has been the bane of my Christmas this year…at least we will be merry considering the amount of alcohol my (adult) daughter put in the trolley! Merry Christmas x
Thank you Enda, Merry Christmas to you and yours x
All that furniture moving does sound like a lot of work, but your tree looks beautiful! Happy holidays. #MMBC
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You have a lovely tree. Wishing you a blessed Christmas! #MMBC
I definitely move furniture around from room to room in order to make room for our tree; my family might think I’m nuts sometimes but it’s such a short season and I do like to have a big tree with lots of lights. #MMBC
I love the idea of a Christmas tree in a bay window! We move an armchair into the hall to make space for our tree. Putting the Christmas tree up is what makes things feel Christmassy to me too, which is why I like to do it later than most people. I want it to feel special.
I hope you all enjoyed your day, despite the restrictions.
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For me, very much like you, Christmas is also about the tree… I love nothing more than to sit in low lighting by the twinkle of the christmas tree lights watching TV or reading a good book. It’s so cosy, comfy and festive 🙂
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