Merry Christmas!! And a Happy New Year “in advance” (as my people like to say). So sorry I didn’t get this post up yesterday guys. Whether or not you and your family celebrate Christmas, I really hope that you all had a wonderful and restful time surrounded by those you love. One of my favourite things about this season is how it can bring everyone together, Christian or not. I read an interesting blog post recently which posed the question: Is Christmas cultural or religious? And whilst I didn’t agree with every point made, I did agree with the conclusion that overall there’s a general positive atmosphere that fills the month of December… for most of us anyway.
This year is probably the least “festive” I have felt during the build up to Christmas. It’s so funny to think that when we were younger, some of us probably had sleepless nights due to our excitement. But this year, I wasn’t particularly excited for the day itself or the presents… not in a bah-humbug-Scrooge kind of way. To be honest I was mainly looking forward to finally getting a break from work and the fast pace of life, genuinely resting and spending time with my favourite people. We’re not that crazy about the commercial aspects of Christmas in my household anyway (you won’t find a 6ft tree standing tall in our living room over hundreds of immaculately wrapped presents, or loads of garish lights and tinsel everywhere). Not that there’s anything wrong with that, if it makes you happy, but at best we just keep the decor quite minimal. Do you guys subscribe to the commercialism of Christmas? It’s not a trick question I promise lol, I’m just curious to know how festive other people feel.
Ultimately Christmas has been and gone now and I had a great day. I split my day between my immediate family and my future in-laws, which was a fun new experience as I don’t think my fiancé and I have ever done it that way over the last five Christmases. My good friend Yemi reminded me that this may be my last Christmas (or at least one of my last) as a Miss, which is crazy! I think once I’m married, or have children, my excitement for the build up to Christmas may just increase again. We’ll see…
Unfortunately from a blogging perspective, I don’t have much to show you guys visually, I didn’t even have my camera with me yesterday 😬. The positives of that I guess are that I was living in the moment and completely focused on my surroundings rather than thinking about blogging and perfectly timed photographs. Couldn’t leave you guys empty handed though, so below is the only photo I took on the day (Snapchat: Wunms).
Today, Boxing Day*, has been a day of planning and preparing for the New Year for me. Before the end of a year I also like to deep clean my room and organise my living space, anyone else do the same thing? Usually I’d be more consumed by Boxing Day sales but this year it hasn’t even crossed my mind. The thought didn’t even appeal to me. I was so happy to stay at home, pop bottles of Shloer and crack open a tub of Celebrations chocolates. I didn’t even bother with online
(window) shopping either… is this what it feels like to have a major priority shift! Aside from life admin, today I’ve been catching up on my fave blogs and watching a bit of TV. Yesterday I was introduced to a YouTube webseries, sort of Nollywood-style and it’s called “Skinny Girl In Transit”. It’s so hilarious lol, I recommend it to anyone that loves a bit of Nigerian TV.
That’s all from me today. I hope you’re all enjoying this end-of-year period anyway… I just wanted to say hi.
🎄How was your Christmas? How do you like to bring in the New Year? Let me know in the comments down below.🎄
I’m aware that Christmas/New Year is not always a great time for everyone for various reasons, but I’d like to encourage us all to hold onto the fact that every new day (not just every New Year) is a chance to at least try to start afresh. Make a conscious effort to pay close(r) attention to those around you and check up on people. It’s easy to let big things that people are going through slip under the radar at this time of year. Finally, end this year and begin the next with the gift of reconciliation where applicable.
*Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas in the UK (and some other places). I can’t remember its origins but nowadays it’s thought of more as a shopping holiday, similar to Black Friday, where stores open super early and things are sold at heavily discounted prices.
God bless you!
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. – Galatians 4:4-5