I’ve seen a lot of people on social media talking about taking their Christmas trees down already. Christmas Day was FOUR DAYS AGO. Just think how excited you were when it was only four days until Christmas. In the Twelve Days of Christmas, today is the 5th day of Christmas. The 5th December isn’t the 5th day of Christmas, as so many people like to think now.
Of course, it’s up to everyone when they put their trees up and when they take them down. But to me, today and tomorrow and the next day are still Christmas. To me, 29th December is far more Christmas than 1st December or even 15th December. Because we’re relaxing.
School doesn’t go back for over a week yet. I’ve been taking a break from work and will get back to it on 2nd January, the same day my husband goes back to work.
It’s hard for me to explain, or for people to understand, just how hard my husband works. I’m in awe of him. I would crumble under a fraction of the pressure he’s under. This year, he’s taken about a third of his holiday allocation. He starts work sometime between 6am and 8am every day and works until he goes to bed. Every single day. He comes home reasonably early these days – between 5 and 6 – but he just has his tea and keeps working. He does a few hours at weekends and he always works for two or three hours a day when we’re on holiday.
Luckily, his clients actually shut down over Christmas, which means he can stop working for a precious 10 days or so. The only 10 days of the year when he can.
So we may not go crazy with traditions, but we do our best to enjoy Christmas without the pressures of work, school and endless ballet classes. It’s the one time of year when we can slow down and actually do things because we want to do them, not because we’re obliged to do them. So my daughter and I made time to go to the Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light, which it felt like every blogger and Instagrammer within a 50 mile radius had already been to. It was lovely and I’m so glad we went. We would never normally have time to do something like that.
We do also have a bit of a tradition of going to London on Boxing Day. It might seem strange to get up at 6am the day after Christmas, but we make the most of it. This year, we had no plans, we made them as we went along. We decided to go and see a show, in fact we went to two separate shows as the boys and my daughter have very different tastes and we didn’t want our special day to be ruined by arguments and sulking. My daughter and I went to School of Rock and the menfolk went to The Book of Mormon. Everyone loved their shows.
My husband also took the kids on the Emirates Air Line cable cars near The O2. They loved it. They even loved the ride on the DLR to get there.
We have never been on so many tubes before and never had such a long day out – we set off from home at 6am and got back to our hotel at 11.15pm. It was a really special day and one we couldn’t do at any other time of year.
So forgive me if I don’t take my tree down on 27th December. I’m going to do Christmas my way and I’m going to make the most of every last day of it.