Aaah It's nearly Christmas! This week has been super chilled and exciting leading up to the big day. I read a post the other day from a Jewish girl who finds it quite frustrating that *everything* is Christmas Christmas Christmas this time of year. She was struggling with the fact that *all* the chats seemed to be about Christmas, so it was hard to participate.
I'm not actually religious, so I don't exactly celebrate the birth of Christ, but I think the tradition is just too ingrained into the British culture to not. My point was, this is my last Christmas post for this year so i'm sorry to those people who are probably sick of hearing about it!
As I've mentioned a lot recently, decorating is a big deal in my house. Ideally they go up on the 1st of December, but usually the first weekend of December, The *buying* starts long before. The concept of having a set of decorations and putting them up every year is one that is alien to me. For us there is a new theme every year, existing decorations that fit are selected, and new ones are bought. I've inherited this need for new decorations, I think, as I had little to no self restraint around them. There's something about buying them that makes me a certain Christmassy kind of giddy.
I think my favourite feature of this year's display was a set of gold bells that mum strung along red ribbon up the staircase. They do actually jingle when you brush past. Actually, it's more of a 'jangle' considering the size of them. Also - most of writing those few lines felt like a massive innuendo. Hopefully the rest of you are maturer than me. Something that I miss so much about home is how there is always appropriate complimentary plant life straight from the garden. This time mum took some snippets of un-prickly holly (the rest of this paragraph is going well, as you can tell, *snort*) to curl around the Poinsettia and the christmas bowls and candles. It makes me dream of my own little Holly and Bay tree and Hydrangea paradise.
Merry Christmas to you all, or not as the case may be, and I'll see you on the other side!