On the home front, with hubby currently away at sea, we’ve decided to do things a little differently this year. Not that we tend to go overboard in the first place but I’m keen for something even more low key this year. Especially when it comes to gifts.
Hubby returns home briefly for Christmas and as much as I’m craving a really extravagant holiday, just spending time at home with my family, doing absolutely nothing apart from some mandatory debriefing with hubby, is looking rather appealing right now.
While our three girls are super easy going and excited to be mixing things up this year, they still want to see a little Christmas spirit, mainly in the food on the table department.
In terms of the tree and decorating the house, we’ve followed a burgundy and gold colour theme for almost 20 years. Each year in the sales, I add a special piece or two to our decoration collection. It’s quite the collection now. We’ve had our tree for around ten years and as much as I would like to upgrade it to something even bigger and better, it is still going strong.
In terms of Christmas traditions, each year we throw a tree trimming party on December 1st and out comes our massive tree and stash of decorations. One of my favourites would be the pomegranate decorations I picked up at Bed Bath n Table a few years ago.
Two years ago my daughters found disco ball, Christmas tree lights which much to my disgust saw a change in theme that year. It was such a shame the disco ball lights were missing in action last Christmas and we we forced to return to our tradition colour scheme and theme.
This Christmas, we are in much smaller temporary accommodation while we search for our dream forever home. After 23 moves, I can’t wait for this next and hopefully last move. I toyed with the idea of leaving our massive tree and decorations hidden in our storage shed and not bothering this year, especially given our girls are so much older (15, 16 & 18).
Sensing my overwhelm with hubby away, my middle daughter (Miss about to turn 17) took matters and our storage shed into her own hands. I awoke on December 1st to find the tree taking pride of place (and most of the space) in our living room. My daughter had also selected a new and according to her improved theme this year, purchasing new decorations out of her first pay packet.
I suppose you would call the theme metallic. There’s everything from my favourite colour right now, rose gold, to copper, with a sprinkling of sparkles, glitter, majestic fabric birds and silver reindeer adding a certain texture to the tree. It certainly makes a nice change, not just in terms of the new colour theme but the fact that someone else is making an effort. My kind of effort.
In keeping with our low key approach, even though all our three girls now have part-time jobs and money to spend on gifts, I’ve suggested that we run with a Secret Santa or Kris Kringle this year, with a budget of $20 per gift.
I wasn’t entirely sure how this would go down but our girls were rather excited by the idea. As was hubby, who apart from being allergic to shopping, just doesn’t have the time to go shopping when he gets back and there aren’t any shops in the middle of the Indian Ocean where he is working right now. What an elaborate way to get out of Christmas shopping!
This year, even Santa is planning on sticking to a $20 budget as well. It just makes sense, when we don’t need for anything and we are busy saving for our new home. Thankfully Santa didn’t take any real convincing of this plan of attack.
Coincidentally my favourite Santa here in Perth is currently stationed outside, Bijoux Belle, located within Floreat Forum. Not that my girls will entertain the idea of Santa photos, they gave that tradition up in 2010 (sob). I’m living for the year that Santa photos become trendy again, although I’m guessing the days of matching outfits are long gone.
I’m also hoping that our new Secret Santa approach to Christmas and our $20 gift budget becomes our new trend. Which brings me back to Bijoux Belle, where everything in-store (and online) is just $20, with some Christmas gifts and decorations actually 2 for $20. Bargain!
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What are your Christmas traditions and are you doing anything special this year for Christmas?
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