The Many Rules of Christmas

Yes, I woke up this morning feeling decidedly Christmassy! I’m always very excited about Christmas, but it’s always so nice when you wake up, and for no real reason whatsoever, it feels like Christmas. It just does. For some people there are certain signs to look out for each year to tell you its officially Christmas, others have a date in mind, but whatever your final sign that the time of year is finally upon us, it breeds excitement and happiness that really doesn’t rival anything else.

Obviously a key part of Christmas is the advertising and commercial aspects – whether we like it or not. There are millions of people who believe that Christmas has been over commercialised in the past few years, but to be honest, what isn’t? It’s just the world we live in right now, and I think it’s up to us on how commercial we make Christmas. We buy/make the presents, we buy/make the food, at the end of the day, our Christmas is up to us. I have to say though, I do think the adverts are spot on this year. So many of them are about the feeling of Christmas; having the family all together, and making the most of everything being a little bit stressful, but the most important time of the year for so many families out there. I love the Boots adverts right now, all about making the presents you give last the year – and the Sainsburys adverts about Christmas days is brilliant. Everything is more homely, more traditional, and getting to be the right way to think about Christmas.

Certain ads are also intrinsic to the very being of Christmas. Yes, we all know what I’m talking about – they cleverly put it on during the X Factor so as many people as possible get to see it, but otherwise the Coke advert seems to be getting rarer and rarer on tv, making it even more exciting to see when Christmas finally arrives with the lit up lorries. For others the feeling of Christmas is about the decorations – when do you put them up? Is November too early? Is it the first frost? First weekend in December? But what if that’s the 1st and 2nd, is that too early? Whatever your rules, there is nothing quite like turning up the Christmas No.1 album, dancing around the front room shaking glitter everywhere as you wrestle to get the decorations out from the box. Yes, they came out, so they will go back in! My mum’s rule is the best though – she can smell Christmas. It’s not even like she means the cooking, or the smell of pine needles as we’ve always had a fake tree; it’s an outdoors smell, she can’t describe it to us, but it smells like Christmas. That’s good enough for me.

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One of my favourite traditions for Christmas are the Christmas Eve presents. I’m honestly not sure how many people do this, I certainly had to explain it to hubby for our first Christmas together this year, but anyone who has seen Bill Murray’s Scrooged will know what I mean. It’s just a small present, not necessarily a novelty or joke present, but a little present on Christmas Eve. We used to have dinner, bundle up to drive around looking at Christmas lights on people’s houses in the area, then come home to unwrap our Christmas Eve presents and start our pile each in the front room. It’s just wonderful, because that’s what we do. Traditions need absolutely no other explanation than that I think, and there is always room and time to make new ones. That’s what Christmas is.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Yours,

The Vintage Housewife x

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