September 26, 2011

It's beginning to look alot like.....

There is something about Christmas that gives me butterflies in my belly and excitement that I just can't contain.

It usually starts around September, when the weather gets warm, and when I start seeing Christmas decorations in Kmart. In September. I kid you not.....

I love Santa shopping, and I love choosing gifts for the kids that I know they will absolutely adore!

It's such a magical time for me, the end of usually a long, busy 12 months, with thoughts of the new year, new beginnings and exciting ventures.

And the great thing about blogging is that I can look back to this time 12 months ago where I was saying and feeling the exact same things....where on earth has this year gone?

Is time moving quicker each and every year? I'm sure it is, because it feels like only yesterday I was writing this.

So I find myself here again, nearing the end of the year, still not in our house (but alot closer) and wondering what on earth Santa will be bringing this year....

Another reason I feel mellow and dreamy is because two of my children have birthdays during Christmas week (and before you ask, yes - our wedding anniversary is 9 months prior......)

So the festive season, to me, is also a celebration of motherhood, and the arrival of my Christmas babes.....

I remember my first Christmas Eve as a first time mum, in the still of the night, with my baby sleeping next to me in hospital and how I silently sobbed for no reason I could imagine.....

I had my brand new baby, I was finally a mother, but I had never felt so alone.

I'll never forget that moment.

We have lots of Christmas traditions, including several movies I enjoy watching, that make me feel warm and floaty.

My favourite of course is Christmas Vacation...it's a standard we watch every Christmas Eve, before the kids go to bed.



It never dates, and it never fails to have us in stitches...

I also enjoy Christmas with the Kranks. Jamie Lee Curtis is a hoot.



And of course, my guilty pleasure...Bad Santa. Strictly adults only.....



So do you "do Christmas"?

20 comments:

Mum on the Run said...

Love Christmas.
Love the planning, the gift shopping, the cheesy decorations, the traditions and the carols...
Being a teacher (and at a school where the kids head off in the first week of Dec) means I get to crank Christmas from November at work and at home.
Each year, the staff of my school put on a 'Living Nativity' with live characters and animals as the children arrive on the last day. I've been Mary and an angel many times - Magoo has even been the baby Jesus. One of the most moving things I've been involved in.
Bring on Christmas!!
:-)

Foursons said...

I flinched when you mentioned the weather turning warm. I KNOW you're across the globe and heading into summer but it seems so odd to me that Christmas is during the summer and not winter for you. I can't wait to see your new house all decked out in Christmas decorations!

I had to change the URL to my blog. It is now www.myfoursons.com instead of .net. Long story. I'll share soon on my blog.

Farmers Wifey said...

@ Mum, ah another Christmas lover! I'd love to see your living nativity....it would bring a tear to my eye..so emotional...

I love the Christmas celebrations at school, and the wind down to the year...

@ Foursons, I would love to see a white Christmas, instead, here it's usually stinking hot and too hot to eat!!! Hope all is okay with your blog btw..xx

Annette Piper said...

Oh my word, you've put the wind up me now... Christmas!?

YES, I "do" christmas and love it.

But can't we start feeling it a little closer than September!?

Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots said...

I just love Christmas! I am getting so excited about it this year

Tara @ Mum-ments said...

My favourite C word CHRISTMAS!
I do christmas like you would never beleive I was born to be a mother at christmas time haha
xx

Foursons said...

*sigh* Make that myfourboys.com

Norlin said...

Hmm..Christmas...well, it's really a "love-hate" relationship for me. I used to love it when we first started celebrating it fully - the works - with little gifts for the kids' classmates, buying presents for the kids & husband, the Christmas lunch. Now, I think it's starting to get stressful, so instead, I'll concentrate on the lunch (simple one), the presents for kids and hubs & the kids' classmates, well, I think the kids would have to do that themselves. It would be more meaningful I think?

Farmers Wifey said...

@ Annette, see I'm a good reminder for you!!

@ Kate, it's so easy to get excited about the whole thing!!

@ Tara, yes this time of year brings out the best in all of us!!

@ Foursons, I'll find you x

@ Norlin, oh God I do the friends gifts and cards and all that as well, that's why we have to start now lol I wonder though, do the other kids appreciate it, I think most of them do..

Kirsty said...

I'm sure by now you already know I LOVE Christmas! Just this past weekend my mum rang me to tell me that decorations were out in Big W and I was so excited!! She then started sending me pictures of ornaments for the girls, which I promtly told her Yes, Yes Yes to buy!! I love shopping through her as well!
just last night I went into Big W myself and was so excited to see it all starting to be put out! I picked up my very first decoration and ornament for the tree... A Soccer Santa and a Nutcracker Statue! I think I'm going to have to get a second one, so they can stand watch as you first come through our front door!!
I love going to the markets and finding Christmas DVD's that people are selling, I know when xmas comes around people will be wanting them then!!!

Kellie said...

We have so many birthdays within weeks of Christmas, so we don't get to go all out. I like to spend Christmas at someone else's hosue ;)

We do have a movie tradition though, we watch The Grinch with the kids and The Santa Clause when they go to bed.
Not my choice but it's a good excuse to kick back before the hectic morning!

x

LisaW said...

I love Christmas! My sister bought me a Christmas tree pandora charm so that I carry it with me all the year through. We watch Christmas movies together too, and our favourites are the Santa Clause trilogy and Elf...and National Lampoons of course.

AlyceB said...

*sigh* I hate seeing stuff in the shops... in AUGUST!!! But I suppose people do like to buy up slowly. But I do love Christmas!!! Tree up Dec 1, watching Carols by Candlelight (SOOO much better than Carols in the Domain!). This Christmas we're actually flying out ON Christmas Day! Cheaper, and we'd prefer early morning to a very late night to fly Christmas Eve!

Naomi said...

I totally love Christmas - so much fun in our house and I have to say that I agree with you. Every year is going by faster and faster and I am having trouble keeping up!

So hoping you are in your house by Christmas - that would be so awesome for you. N x

Farmers Wifey said...

@ Kirsty, I LOVE YOUR STYLE, you are fab, and a fully fledged Xmas expert!!!!!!

@ Kellie, what is it with Xmas birthdays......it makes for a very busy time!!

@ Lisa, doesn't it make you feel happy and mellow...Xmas time, such a reflective time as well. I think about the year that has been, what was right and what went wrong, and I get excited about the new year....

@ Alyce, omg I forget about Carols! I love wrapping presents and watching the carols. I remember being in hospital with a day old babe, and the nurse wheeled the tv in so I could watch them Xmas eve......

Farmers Wifey said...

@ Naomi, the thing is we haven't had a xmas tree for 3 years because I vowed the next time would be in our new house. It sounds sad but it was the only way I could get through this shed living!!

SisterSister said...

I love Christmas too. The lights, music, trees....all of it.

I know how you feel to be in the hospital with a brand new little one and feel so alone. Hugs to all the mama's who have went through that.

Farmers Wifey said...

@ SS, yes it was a strange feeling being in hospital as a brand new mum, very emotional xx

Di said...

12 weeks til Christmas means 11 weeks til my daughter's birthday. I have a Christmas baby too.

Time to start thinking about what I'll be baking, what I'll be making as gifts and who I'll be sending cards to.

And of course, time to start present shopping. If I can get it all done before the end of November I'll be doing the happy dance!

Farmers Wifey said...

@ Di, aren't we clever and special to have Christmas babies!!