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It’s Not Your Job to Make Christmas Magical

December 4, 2018 | 5 Comments

Do you hear me? It’s not your job to make Christmas magical for everybody and their aunt. I know you’re feeling the anxiety, because I feel it too. You look on social media and see somebody’s perfect tree. Someone else’s beautiful table setting. The handmade cloth advent calendar filled with wooden toys. The way they hide that blasted elf each night in increasingly imaginative places to delight their kids each morning. Continue Reading…

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I’m Planning an Average Christmas this Year

December 6, 2017 | 21 Comments

I’m feeling like a failure at the moment. There are so many balls in the air, demands and pressures that I’m just not keeping up. And the one area that I really feel I’m being distinctively average at lately is parenting: because I’m not doing enough to make this holiday time magical for my kids. Continue Reading…

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Hello and Goodbye

December 23, 2016 | 5 Comments
Freebies aren't really free

It didn’t feel right to not do one more blog post before the year gets all Christmassy and crazy. But first let me turn down the holiday music because Natalie Cole’s voice is lovely but I can’t quite think at this decibel.

Right, so where were we? Oh an update. Well, the presents are wrapped (most of them anyway), the meals are planned and ALL THE GROCERIES for the next five days are bought. I’m loving my brown paper and red twine vibe for wrapping…in fact this year is the first time I’ve had so much fun wrapping up gifts. I’ve also used all the bits of ribbon and boxes that have come my way from blog drops and it makes things look so festive. Even a very basic gift looks special when it’s wrapped with love. Continue Reading…