Christmas is great right? Amazing family, nice food, presents being exchanged, Fabulous right? Wrong not in my life for the past two years i have spent the past two Christmas’ crying my heart out because it seems too many people in my life have forgotten what it means to celebrate Christmas. we have favorites, People being forgotten, Family feuds and more and more competition every year, So i have come to a decision on how i’m planning Christmas next year. And that’s spending it with the people that have treated me right this year. This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life because i love every single person I’ve thought of this year but it has ripped me apart knowing I’ve not even crossed their mind.
I know full well that people may think i’m selfish especially if they knew who these people are in my life but i’m sick of watching family have hundreds spent on them, and competing for presents when one child is forgotten in the corner, all i really want is jokes at the dinner table and a decent game of charades. Is that too much to ask?
I want to be able to go out on Christmas day to the hospital and give toys to the sick kids without getting shunned or laughed at by people who are too stuck up to see passed the end of their nose, or to hand out blessing bags to the homeless without people thinking i’m supporting a drug gang. People have forgotten that Christmas day isn’t about them, I get it nobody wants to go out on Christmas day, you want a drink to put your feet up. but their are people our there that do want to go outside and cant because they’re stuck on life support or people that would also love to stick their feet up and watch the football but cant because the god damn bus shelter don’t have cable.
Another reason why I hate Christmas is because in my family a lot of members have so many favorites when it comes to children. For example if one grandmother has 14 grandchildren she’ll only get 4 of them hundreds of pounds worth of gifts and rub it right in the others faces, and then say something along the lines of “I’m sorry i couldn’t afford it this year”, Bullshit Nan you could’ve split that £500 between us all and got us a fucking £30 gift, you selfish bitch. This is of course an example as my Nan is actually fabulous on Christmas and makes sure all of us has something to unwrap on Christmas and has no favorites, she’d even struggle just to get us all a little something, we tell her she doesn’t have to but she all ways will, but other certain relatives are dickheads. I don’t mean to sound petty or ungrateful but don’t lie to me or rub things in my face because I will out you.
I absolutely hate massive businesses on Christmas, Fuck you Argos. If people would spend only £100 more a year on small business we could possibly save our economy. but big buck CEO over there is a tosser and wont let that happen. This year a lot of my family have got either home made presents or small gifts from small business including my kids, my son got some Pokemon cards from a sole trader and my daughter got some handmade bows, they also each got home made bath bombs and a couple of other things from relatives. yeah they did get a big present from a large company but i hate buying from them.
I think I may need to add what I love about Christmas, I love seeing my kids faces when they see that Santa has been and ate his mince pie and drank his mill they’re so young and the fact that i have years of magic left, I want to keep it alive for as long as possible, Them knowing Santa has come to give them a sack of food and a small gift is the best thing ever for them. They also love getting the presents of mummy and daddy obviously but knowing the magic behind the little things excites them more than anything else on Christmas.
I loooove the food, In the morning of Christmas i don’t like cooking or making breakfast but i do like pastries so this year i went out and bought croissants and pan eu chocolates and we had them for breakfast next year ill be letting my children pick their own breakfast from the supermarket as it gives them something to be excited about with breakfast ass well as gifts and it also means they haven’t missed out on the most important meal of the day. Obviously I love the Christmas dinner, at our place we have a choice of 3 starters, this includes a prawn cocktail, garlic mushrooms or bread and dip (usually a kids choice) I love a prawn cocktail and breaded mushrooms so I tend to have a little of each and be a bit greedy. our main includes the obvious Turkey however we also do a choice of 3 other meats and that’s not including plane sausages and pigs in blankets, but we also do Beef, Pork and honey glazed gammon, It’s sooooo good. For my american readers across the way Pigs in blankets in England refer to smaller pork sausages wrapped in bacon, not sausages in pastry. too add we have two types of potatoes, mash potato and roasters normally garlic butter roasters, and a ton of veg including sprouts (obviously) swede and carrot mash, cabbage, spinach, honey roasted parsnips, broccoli and cauliflower and to finish we have Yorkshire puddings all covered with thick meaty gravy. perfection. That is my favorite part of Christmas eating a beastly dinner at the dinner table with my family. pudding isn’t really a big deal when it comes to Christmas dinner as my family doesn’t like Christmas pudding, however we do make a trifle and have some cherry bake wells and cream. super simple and tasty.
And to be a little materialistic i love exchanging gifts, me and my partner may have come up with a new Christmas tradition I think, This year we went into our local coop with a ten pound budget and bought each other munch to open on Christmas day we wrapped them up (yes, i wrapped up Doritos because why not?) and then we exchanged sack on Christmas morning, i loved it, it was proper fun! We also had our proper gifts but we don’t spend hundreds on each other like most partners, I will never go out and spend £300+ on a games console for him, however I do like to set a budget (this year was £100) and get 1 or 2 main presents and the rest are smaller cute presents. I loved my gifts this year and I know my partner went overboard but knowing how much effort I put into everyone in my life he really has made this Christmas special for me.
Next year i’m hoping to be in my own home where me and my family can host a Chritsmas party or dinner at least and to do Christmas properly, to remind my loved ones what it means to be a family at Christmas. See below for my Christmas 2019 plan!
Christmas Plan of 2019!
So this year I’m planning of hosting Christmas! When it comes to family and friends i’m setting out a £10 budget for 38 people and for my children i will be having a £100 budget and me and my partner will decide closer too the time what ours will be but it will probably be about £100 as well. I want to do a formal gift exchange and to actually sit down and play with our presents and not just let them get tossed to the side whilst the kids play on whatever game console they can get their hands on (TV AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY WILL BE BANNED MWHAHAHAHA) and I reallllly want dinner party games (Like god damn charades or a trivia of some sorts!) as we never do them and I love games!
I really want to give back, If i’m driving before Christmas I want to travel to the city and give blessing bags to the homeless! i want them to contain basic toiletries, protein foods, mince pies, a mini Christmas pudding, a candy cane, some cough drops, hand warmers, socks and gloves, bus fair and an actual small gift. I want to do this sooo bad I had blessing bags made up for this Christmas however we don’t have any homeless people on the streets of our town and I don’t drive so I though about giving them to a kitchen or food bank but because they contained perishables they wouldn’t accept them, which was a shame.
I would love for my house to be properly dressed up! I want beautiful Christmas lights and a lovely proper tree to complete my Christmas look as this year, due to a flood, we haven’t really decorated and our Christmas tree was a cheap 3 ft tree on a side table, my children still loved it and that’s all that matters, but i just love decorating the Christmas tree!
I want full Christmas dinner like I described above, 3 courses with all the trimmings, i also want a cheese board available and munchies throughout my home. I also want supper prepared, like warm pork sandwiches. I also want wines, ciders and my Nans home made lust and even egg nog (because I have never tried it and really want to) and I’m even going to have some exciting drinks for the kiddies i’m unsure whats out their at the moment but i’d love for them to feel extra special too, so if you guys have any ideas I’d love to hear them. I also want to make a proper ginger bread house with the children and ginger bread men.
I want to finish Christmas with just my partner and children, I want to spend it cuddled on the sofa watching a Christmas movie in new pajamas whilst eating our weight in junk food.
That’s it, That is my Christmas plan, yes its extreme and a little materialistic, but i love the traditions behind it all, i love the fact that my family would have to talk to each other without consoles and TV and the only way to get entertainment would be too play games and whip out jenga or twister.