So I expected to be in premature festivities after Bonfire night (possibly the most bizarre annual show of patriotism?). I started making lists – and thats always a clear sign that I’m gearing up to something. But since making space on top of the wardrobe at the weekend, its fizzled. I’m resting up as much as I can because I’ve had a little set back with my back this week and I want to be ready for a weekend in Wales next weekend. The halt on the christmas feeling is good though. I was a little startled with it myself, wondering if I’d peak to early and be ready to take down the decorations by Christmas eve.
No, I need to pace myself. This is no ordinary Christmas. This is my first Christmas with…Pinterest! I created a Christmas board back in September and restricted myself to occasional pins with great self control. But now – most pins out there are full of seasonal deliciousness. I draw complete blanks when I explain Pinterest to a pinterest-virgin. Maybe I dont explain it well, but even I think about it and it seems a little random. But a couple of hours and two glazy eyes later you can’t help feeling a little whimsical and you don’t know where the time went.
We have a family deal (or a fear of The Husband’s brothers’ wrath) that we don’t play christmas music before December 1st. We try to get our tree and decorations up as soon after this date as possible too. I used to have shopper rage when I heard Christmas music early. Once when I was a student and went into town I confess I even growled a little to the cashier at the Early Learning Centre. Her cheerful response was that The Early Learning Centre starts Christmas early. I growled back. But now that I’m a busy mum I’m a little less precious about it. In fact, nowadays I’d probably high five the cashier, not because they’re cashing in on the extended holidays season but because they’re making it easier for us who have got to get organised way before the mulled wine is brought out.
So when do you put your christmas decorations up and start to play along with Mariah Carey?