So, I put my Christmas tree up early and the grinches of the internet told me to ‘take it down’. Not only that they also said it ‘was ridiculous’, ‘jumped the gun’, ‘broke tradition’.I said ‘fuck directly off’! Well I didn’t, but I thought it.
It’s been a while since I had joy at Christmas, well to be exact 2012 was the year it all turned sour. I had breast cancer and was rocking my xmas morning pyjamas with one boob, a bald head and no lashes. I also brought a special guest to our Christmas morning present unwrapping…a nurse.
Uh huh, I invited a nurse into my home on Christmas morning and while my kids unwrapped their gifts I was learning how to inject my stomach. Merry Christmas to me.
I had also had another round of chemo on Christmas eve so wasn’t feeling too flash, oh, and I thought it was my last ever Christmas.
Don’t feel sorry for me though because look at me…four years later and I’m here for another Christmas 🙂
The last four Christmases have been a little ho hum. I have older kids (18 & 21) so the excitement and anticipation that comes with little kids at Christmas just isn’t there.
Instead, squeals of delight have been replaced with grunts, visits to Santa for a family photo are no longer, taping candy canes inside cards to be delivered to school friends and teachers is a thing of the past and driving the streets to see the Christmas lights is a memory.
I guess it had to happen, kids grow up.
This year though is different. I have JOY….freakin JOY in my heart.
I’m feelin’ the Christmas spirit, full of happiness and hope and joy. So all the grinches can get stuffed!
Yeah, I’ve put my tree up, I even bought ALL new decorations including having baubles for all 5 (yes the dog too) of us made. Ok, that might have been the Christmas music in MYER getting deep into my soul and my bank balance is looking leaner but hey, you only live once…so live! I still think Mariah Carey has the best Christmas jingle ever ( hi 5 come a close second).
Yes, the fairy lights are twinkling every night because, fairy lights! Derr!
YOUR TREE HAS BLACK…UGH!
Yes, I have black on my tree, and freakin love it! This year I chose to ‘start fresh’, new decorations for a new era. These decorations are ‘grown up’ and blend beautifully with our home decor which means the tree is beautiful to look at. My tree doesn’t jarr, it’s easy on the eye and it makes me smile…a good thing.
I pinched the timber beads from my bedroom and then headed to local store Lightbox Gift and Home for black decorations, a quick trip to Adairs ( of course ) for copper decorations, birds from Bed Bath and Table, a few assorted baubles from MYER and I was done.
TREES AREN’T WHITE!
Oh yeah, and we have a white Christmas tree. This caused a few comments amongst the traditional types on the internet. We have always had a white tree because the huz is red/green colour blind. This means a traditional Christmas looks all shades of grey and brown (vomit) and who wants that hey? In the past we have done purple, hot pink, lime green, aqua and loads of other colours…and loved them all 🙂 For a decent budget white Christmas tree check this one out.
WHY THE BIRDS?
When I was little we got together with my one set of cousins and grandparents, a small gathering, very dysfunctional, but at the time is was family. One tradition etched into my heart was the coloured birds my Nan placed on her Christmas tree, six in total…one for each of her grand children. They were all diferent colours, similar to the tin cups of the era (remember them?), mine was pink of course. We have been collecting birds for our Christmas tree ever since we were first married and have quite a collection 🙂
YOU HAVE PRESENTS UNDER YOUR TREE…ALREADY!
I sure do. Told you I was feeling the joy!
We don’t buy many presents, but at the end of the day ‘Christmas is coming’ so while I’ve been out and about and feeling the joy I have also been shopping. There is no way in hell I want to be near a major shopping centre in the month of December stressed of ‘my man made tits’ so I’m getting in early.
My Christmas tree is up, it’s not a crime. What is a crime is that for some families they will be missing someone at their dinner table this Christmas. Their Christmas will be sad, there will be less joy…maybe none.
People I know, friends even will not be here to enjoy Christmas this year. Christmas is not always happy and bright so when that feeling does wash over me I embrace it.
Live now while you are living.
Til next time,