There is a methodical nature to getting ready for the holidays that I revel in. I love that my decorations are retrieved from trunks in the barn, where 11 months ago, they were stashed away, sorted by colour and style.
I love that I have a countdown calendar, which allows me to fit the holiday preparations around my work schedule.
I even love the inevitable struggle with lights for the tree that work one minute and not the next – does that happen in your house too?!
The lead up to the holidays has so many elements, to which each family lends its own particular preferences and style. Meals to plan; gifts to wrap; a tree to buy; co-ordination of dates of family members arriving home to note down; bedrooms to prepare; baking to be done; lights to hang.
Of course as an empty nester the whole holiday season feels a lot more zen than when I had four tiny children around my feet. There are different pleasures now. A little more time to plan better and enjoy the process.
My husband has got involved with the Christmas gift shopping that I used to handle alone; we also purchase the tree together – two actually since we put one in the sitting room and one in the dining room. He even takes care of some of the wrapping for me!
Consequently what used to sometimes feel like an unsurmountable task, has now become part of the fun. Our shopping trips include a nice lunch; putting up and decorating the tree is taken care of in the evening over a glass of wine; and gifts are wrapped ahead of time instead of pressuring myself with mammoth wrapping sessions where I felt like I was working against the clock.
I’d love to hear how your holiday preparations are handled in your home. Do you stick to the same traditions, year in year out, or do you like to change? As your family and your life evolves, how does that change the way you approach the holidays. And most of all, what is your favourite moment of this season.
Hope you’re all having a great weekend, no matter how the holiday preparations are going!