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Love Your Christmas Home

Mon 4th, Nov, 2013

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Hellooooo, now I’m not meaning to frighten you, but the Christmas word is being bandied around all over the web, in my inbox, at the supermarket, in church newsletters and in my head.   Unless you live under a rock you will know it’s looming…

I don’t know about you but I’ve had all sorts of messages this year on how to have a purrrrfect Christmas, which I don’t believe exists, from emails and challenges on how to have the cleanest home on Christmas Day with every single little inch of your life check-boxed and ticked, to how to start now to work your forty-is-the-new-thirty bod into such a frenzy that you have very very tight abs, to the best gifts in the world everrrrrrrrrr including the purchase of a $100 candle.  Hello!

A long time ago when I was a young flighty thing with a couple of babbas and good upper arms, I decided to slowly opt out of all this, indeed I did want a perfect Christmas, just like those in the magazines, but I had realized that that wasn’t happening anytime soon in my real life with two little ones and a husband long gone for most of the week, who would be making a guest appearance on Christmas Eve asking ‘what needs to be done, is there anything we need to buy?’.  There was one person who was going to make Christmas magical and sprinkled in glitter and that was moi.  And the more I saw things on how to have Christmas super-organised, how to make my own stuffing from organic hand reared apples and how to have fabulous glowy skin on Christmas morning without any effort the more I thought actually I just want a bit of special at this time of year for me and my kiddos, so what if I haven’t deep cleaned behind the sofa?

So  started to focus on the little things to do for Christmas to make it special and start Christmas traditions for our little family… it was quite amazing what happened, small, easy and simple things changed my Christmas that year and I still do them now – prettying up my home without any stress, a Christmas bath, a light gazing trip, mulled wine being made, watching Christmas movies, making simple gifts…focusing on what I wanted for Christmas…

And again this year in rolled those emails, up went the Christmas things in the shops in August, and on Facebook people offered me courses with video tutorials on how to have the best home in the world this year….musing it all one night in the bath, with a little bit of Christmas panic bubbling up in my stomach, I decided there must be other women out there like me, who might well want to be super-organised, who might want the best gifts ever and want to combine that with having the tightest Christmas abs in zee world, but in reality just want to have a pretty little Christmas, love their family, do happy things for themselves and mostly love their home. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be Christmas Super Woman standing back there smugly smiling at everyone that I’ve ticked every single thing off a huge big list, of course I know that helps, but what I want is a special time…

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And so I’ve gathered my ideas to Love Your Christmas Home (and yourself)  - you’ll be able to join in and do some, all or just one of the treats, inspiration and prompts on how to make Christmas 2013 not your cleanest, tightest or most organised, but most comfy, pretty and happy.

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I’ll be adding Love Your Christmas Home ideas every weekday starting soon right up until Christmas, you can follow along by subscribing to the Love Your Christmas Daily Email here or adding your addy below (you need to check  the ‘Love Your Christmas Home’ box for a daily note from me straight to your inbox – if you are already a newsletter subscriber just go to the latest newsletter from me, scroll to the bottom and update preferences to include Love Your Christmas Home so that you get the daily email) or you can like and follow along on Facebook here where I’ll be posting a note to the daily treats and prompts or you can check in with the blog.

Sign up for a pretty home this year, long Christmas baths and treats that don’t include $100 candles…oh & I promise I won’t make you de-clutter behind the toilet or make you buy something of mine to complete it all, 100% free and I won’t spam ya either ;-)

Thanks sooooooo much to all of you who have already signed up, wowzas ladies I am gobsmacked by the response to this!  Who knew so many of you want a pretty, not perfect little Christmas!

Sarah

 

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7 Responses to “Love Your Christmas Home”

  1. In my job, November and December are always the busiest months with very short days in my part of the world on top of that. So nothing is ever perfect for me at Christmas: I have always more decorations in mind than I really have time to do, same thing with recipes and gifts. So I gave up a long time ago on “perfect” and I focus on “happy and serene”.
    Just a little tip you might want to use for easy Christmas spirit: I had a few drops of Cinnamom esssential oil to my perfume free black soap I use to mop the floor: instant Christmas spirit while doing a not so fun task! It also works great with Scotch Pine essential oil! You can of course use that idea in one of your emails.

  2. Heather says:

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve been feeling inundated with Christmas-type stuff as well and I already feel defeated with all the things I haven’t done. Each year I feel the same way, that I’ll never measure up to what everyone else is doing to make the holiday season *perfect*. I’m so glad someone else feels the same way I do. I can’t wait to read more.

    • sarah says:

      I cannot stand that feeling -the organisation things just make me feel a million times worse too, I hope you enjoy this xx

  3. Lusine says:

    Thank you so much for this, I can’t wait to see what you have planned! I usually end up a frazzled mess by the second week of December by beating myself up about all the things I have to do and I’ve been trying to weed out the things that don’t matter and focus on the things I enjoy…like wrapping presents while sitting next to the lit up tree with my favorite Christmas tunes playing (I look forward to this all year :))

  4. alison says:

    Sarah, I look forward to your emails.

    I think the key is to decide what works for your current situation.

    It has taken me a few years to think smart, not hard, in relation to Christmas. I’m at the stage of trying to accommodate elderly parents who are sick and have dementia, a cute grandchild, as well as a daughter who’s about to give birth and sons-in-law who do shiftwork. Don’t mention the food intolerances!!

    Family gatherings have to take on a whole new dimension to make them work. I made an executive decision and told the extended family a couple of months ago what I proposed for Christmas celebrations. Everyone happily agreed and those that can’t get there, then I’ve done my best.

    I’ve stopped punishing myself and stopped trying to create the perfect, warm and fuzzy family Christmas soiree.

    Ho ho ho
    alison