A Different Christmas

Christmas for my family usually consists of packing a suitcase and travelling to either my parents in the Cotswolds, or my husband’s parents in Ireland. It’s always a stressful time, and if we’re flying it can prove difficult, too. None of our baggage gets put in the hold, so our carry on has to comply with the current flight regulations.  On more than one occasion, I’ve had to relinquish expensive gifts to customs and been forced to unwrap presents for my daughter while she’s watching. Then there’s the additional problem of finding someone to feed our animals. A big ask when you need someone to call in twice a day.

This year, when my husband announced he couldn’t get sufficient time off work to visit either of our families, I was initially disappointed. Not soon after, though, I realised how much easier it would be to stay at home. No packing. No worrying about the weight, size, or type of presents to buy. This year, I’ll get to choose what we eat, and guess what? It’s not going to be turkey! For the first time, my husband and I can start our own Christmas traditions, decide when we unwrap the presents, what games to play, when to eat dinner, when to have the first tipple, and even which family movie to watch in the evening.

Christmas Tree

This is where I’ll spend a good portion of Christmas day, in my living room around the Christmas tree with the fire on. (And no, I don’t usually let my daughter sit so close to the television. She’s actually playing with her Lego. :-) )

Wherever you’re spending Christmas this year, I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and I look forward to talking with you all in the New Year.



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16 Responses to A Different Christmas

  1. It sounds like a wonderful time–making your own rules, etc. I think the season is mostly about attitude and from where I sit yours is just right.

    Have a Happy Christmas Ison family!

    • Amaleen

      You’re so right. With the right attitude, most situations are bearable. And mine, well, it sounds pretty darn good. :-) Happy Christmas, Em. :-)

  2. SJ

    Perfect Christmas by all accounts! Have a peaceful and blissful time xx

  3. Sounds wonderful to me. Have a very restful Christmas!!

  4. Clare Brownbill

    Couldn’t agree more, but will be missing you all lots up here in the shire. Merry Christmas to you all xx

  5. Girl, get with the program! You’ve got a little one, enjoy your holiday time with her, make your own traditions, and oh yeah, RELAX! Everything happens for a reason, Amaleen! Wishing you and your family the best Christmas ever! Cheers and have a tipple for me!

  6. Sounds lovely. Merry Christmas :)

  7. This year we are staying home too, and only Grandma is coming to visit. While the reason for this is a negative one, we are actually looking forward to a relaxing Christmas with just us, and no expectations, and no worry. I hope and pray it is our best Christmas ever!

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