To me, it’s still Christmas

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.

Sudeley Castle, Spectacle of Light, Alice in Wonderland, To me it's still Christmas

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.

School of Rock, London, 365

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.

Emirates Air Line, London, To me it's still Christmas

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

Share This Post On

10 Comments

  1. I know we all do Christmas in our own way and I don’t want to get shot down for saying that people are doing Christmas all wrong BUT every year when I see Christmas starting earlier and earlier (I mean trees in November for goodness sake?!) and then being taken down immediately after Boxing Day I want to scream YOU’RE DOING IT ALL WRONG! Haha! Like you, I absolutely love these days in between Christmas and New Year. This is what Christmas is all about for me x

    Post a Reply
    • Yes! So glad someone thinks the same as me. I think we are a dying species, but I’m going to continue standing up for a Christmas that starts in the middle of December and finishes in the new year! x

      Post a Reply
  2. Ahh! I had a rant to someone on Facebook who was itching to put her Christmas decorations up in November. She took them down on boxing day because she was sick of them. I can’t help but think if she’d held off putting them up so early they might still be up now. Grr!
    Your husband is amazing! What a worker.
    The London trip sounds fantastic. I would love to see School of Rock. x

    Post a Reply
    • Exactly that! Of course you will be fed up of them if you put them up in November. We put ours up in the middle of December and I’m still really enjoying them. My husband is incredible! It’s his own business, but to be honest he worked that hard even when he didn’t have his own business. I have no idea how he keeps going. School of Rock was brilliant. x

      Post a Reply
  3. I definitely agree with you on this and the later I put my tree up, the longer it stays .This year I didn’t put it up until the second weekend in December and because of that, I’m not ready to take the decs down yet. I love your tradition of heading to London on Boxing Day – did you book your hotel room in advance? I can’t believe that you don’t decide what you’re going to do there until you’re on your way! Did you get standby tickets for the shows? Your husband is a trojan! For the last few years, my husband has done 8-5.30 Monday-Friday and never works from home. I don’t think he’s looked back! Does your husband find it hard to relax?

    Post a Reply
    • I’m in awe of your husband working those hours! My husband definitely doesn’t have his work life balance right, but he does enjoy his work. He is forever checking his emails. His main relaxation is watching football on TV, as well as running and playing football, plus coaching football! We did book our hotel in advance and had a vague idea that we would like to see a show, but if we hadn’t got tickets, we wouldn’t have minded!

      Post a Reply
  4. I am totally with you and we should all do it our own way. I don’t particularly agree with the people who start Christmas so early but each to their own. I love these few days between Christmas and going back to school. It is proper family time and so lovely not to be rushing around. I took my tree down yesterday and I felt quite sad about it which is unusual. Everywhere seems very bare and flat now.

    Post a Reply
    • Our tree won’t be coming down until the weekend. As you say, each to their own, but it does seem sad to wish those precious, quiet times away. It’s a really good chance to recharge the batteries.

      Post a Reply
  5. I totally agree with you. I did take it down New Year’s Day just because of Christmas storing logistics. My kids were excited for weeks and I think the middle one thought it was never going to come. I think I’ve learnt my lesson to play it down a bit for longer next year

    Post a Reply
    • We learned when our kids were tiny to play down Christmas as much as possible until the school holidays. There’s enough hype at school and in the media and we don’t want to send them into a frenzy where they won’t sleep! But of course teenagers have their own rules about sleep anyway…

      Post a Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: