So when is Christmas chatter socially acceptable?
Yes I can hear you shouting 'December!' at your screen but hear me out!
Personally I'm thinking about it 1st September and yes I know, not everyone wants to hear it! Apparently it's too early to talk about it, or even buy presents, in September, yet come October people are counting the weeks down with dread.
Come November, people are starting to panic and when December comes around, hysteria hits as if there was no warning that Christmas was going to come around at all!
Isn't it obvious that grabbing those perfect presents as and when you see them is better than a Christmas Eve emergency selection box?
(I'm not criticising selection boxes, I miss them, please someone buy me one for Christmas...)
Surely this shows that Christmas chatter in September is actually organised festive planning? And you know, socially acceptable...
Preparation backs me up even more!
I'm talking Christmas cake, the gift list, homemade gifts , spreading the cost. wrapping as you go. Am I convincing you yet?
See, early preparation (& chatter) is helpful. 😉
While we're figuring things out, can I just ask, when did Christmas get so extravagant?!
Is it just me or do people seem to be re-carpeting their living rooms with Christmas presents? I guarantee this will be the case again this year - the photo's on social media prove that the ratio of present to child is bonkers!
I know we're not living in the 70's anymore (Ahem!) but things really have changed. When I was kid (Don't start) it was a small pile of gifts and a few more from family throughout the day.
Is waking up to a toy shop in the living room really going to help the littlies appreciate and value what they have? They can't even remember what they opened that morning on the conveyor belt of gifts.
Is it too much of a competition?
(The most Grinch-like I get)
Okay so let's say you're not interested in Christmas Chatter, you're not getting prepared and you couldn't give a mince pie whether the present/child ratio has gone bonkers.
(Mince pie 🤣)
Look me in the eye and tell me you're not engaging in some Christmas Consuming!
Have you or have you not;
Whether you're shaking your head sternly or not, I expect the real answer to at least two of these points is YES! And that my dear readers is Christmas Chatter/Christmas Preparation/Christmas excitement, whatever you want to call it and this is the point in my blog post where you're probably thinking;
'You know Sarah's right, lets talk Christmas!'
My name is Sarah.
I'm officially human again.
That's some declaration!
To be fair, some would question whether I've ever been human, (Yeh yeh) but recently I've been an alien even to myself!
The cause of this state of mind? Moving house!
Yep we spent August surrounded by boxes and to do lists and regularly needing something we knew we'd already packed!
They say (No I don't know who 'they' are) that moving is one of the most stressful things you'll ever do. I think they're right.
I know they're right.😒
There's the packing and being thankful that you'd already decluttered. There's the sadness of leaving your home, the excitement of a new home, especially one with a garden! (Yay!) The endless list of jobs and then you get the keys and have to do it all again in reverse!
And surely there's an easier way to change your address with a zillion companies!
Someone invent an app and the world will be eternally grateful.
(You're welcome for the idea.)
It's the little things
My daughter and I sealed our memories by having a night together and tucking into bangers & mash, obviously! 😊
'It will be my last meal here Mum!' Cue tissues.
We took photo's of our empty house, (The tidiest it's ever been) and said our goodbyes to rooms which held our whispers, chatter and laughter. I love the idea that someone else has fallen in love with our home as we've outgrown it, it's amazing really.
Moving has brought yet more little things to be grateful for.
(Drum roll please)
I can sit in my garden! Woohoo! 😁
(Doing a happy dance - Carlton style, you know the one.)
This is special stuff, I've sat in my garden, I've drank coffee in my garden and I've drank wine in my garden.
There's also a good chance that my neighbours have witnessed me doing a little jig, as I brandish pegs and smile like a Cheshire cat while hanging my washing out.
Like I said it's the little things.
Everything at once!
Not only had I recently got a new job and moved house, there was a holiday in the mix too.
My wardrobe situation was pretty hilarious, clothes packed for moving, clothes packed for holiday, clothes for days in between, it was like a chaotic launderette. Oh and of course the iron was packed... Apologies if you witnessed me looking bedraggled!
Anyway back to the holiday!
Predictably we went to Rhodes, our fave, and it was lovely to be back. We did have some 'moving house' jobs to do from over there, but hey if you have to get stuff done, why not do it by the Aegean sea?!
Oh guess what, guess what?
(Imagine me jumping up and down clapping my hands excitedly.)
We had friends join us in Rhodes! Not just any friends but friends that we met in Rhodes 18 years ago, lost touch with and found again! How good is that?!
Wandering old town like we did way back, re-enacting photo's from way back and yes, getting tipsy like way back!
It was simply amazing!
Back to normal.
What ever my normal is!
As I said, I'm human again, okay so the dark circles may still be visible but the alien me has left and I'm feeling good and settling into my new home. Life is good and our new home is definitely a happy one. 😊
We're already into September but who knows what this month will bring, I'll ease myself into making contact with the world again (Yes I've ignored it for a while, please don't judge me)
Hopefully September will bring autumn sunshine, country walks and candle lit cosy nights in.
Happy September people! 😁
Hello! The joy of being late with April's post means here I am again with May's post!
(Woohoo! I hear you shout-sarcastically)
I started May by returning home from holiday - a shocking change in temperature!
I've never been on such a quiet flight, there were 19 passengers that's it! Everyone looked like they'd fallen out because they had a row of seats each!
My may has been a post holiday roller coaster of pretending I'm still away and so eating and drinking as such. (Excuse: but it's been so sunny in England!) Then telling myself I need to get a grip and choosing ice lolly's opposed to magnums. Cue grumbles of objection from my stomach!
Here's my May.
A BBQ with a Bowfell starter!
May was the month I did my first Wainwright! and I am, as they say, proud as punch! (Do they still say that? actually what does it even mean?...)
I'm glad I did it, at times I thought my thighs would forever remain at a 90 degree angle ('there's no climbing' my friend said...) but I'm glad I did it.
My face resembled a beetroot and I used my inhaler twice to avoid panting to my death, but I'm glad I did it.
As we descended, my head was pounding and on the drive home I barfed into a hedge but I'm glad I did it!
All that aside, I shared a beautiful day with friends (their kids managed it without inhalers, barfing or trembling thighs!!) and the view from the top was simply stunning. I really felt like I was on top of the world. I developed a new found respect for all hikers and fell runners, in fact one even put me to shame!
As we neared the top, and I was close to tripping my friend up if she dared mutter the words 'it's just up here' again, an elderly fell runner ran past! His casual bank holiday Monday run up a mountain, shamed me into getting on with it!
The incentive of a BBQ also helped with our 6 hour wander (yes 6 hours) and was the main focus of our motivational chanting! A lazy, food filled evening in our friend's garden felt well earned I can tell you!
We did enjoy another BBQ with our friends in May, but that time I made sure to ask if it came with a Bowfell starter before I accepted!
Friendship is important!
It's important to encourage friends right? and it's our duty to show our friends love and support? So if they move to Spain to work for six months, it's only fair to pop round for a catch up...
I know what you're thinking, "You just got back from Greece!" I've told you before, I'm addicted and we only had to pay for flights - bonus!
It was just brilliant getting to share a small piece of their Spanish adventure, they showed us around, took us to delicious restaurants and they casually spoke Spanish as if they hadn't only been learning for 5 months! Talk about feeling like a tourist!
Ok so it was a bit of a working holiday and we took the laptop, but if you're going to work anyway, why not do it by the pool with an ice-cream?! Despite the working, we managed to squeeze in a swim, play zombies with the kids (as you do) and I Simply Sarah even bonded with their dogs!
It was an absolute privilege to invade their life in Spain!
The rest of this month was about catching up with friends, having family visit us (lots of kidders to play with!) and possibly the start of something exciting, nope I'm not telling! watch this space, I don't want to jinx it :)
So during May...
I reaffirmed that a positive attitude brings good things (thank you universe) Also, whether it's in Spain or the back garden, spending time with family and friends is pretty special!
And finally, I learned that living in the UK is better (and easier) when the sun comes out to play!
(2 weeks and counting!)
There you have it, month 5, done!
How was yours?
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