December 1st

And so we enter the final month of the year.
In all honesty it has gone just so damn fast our feet haven’t really touched the ground.
As a kid, December saw the excitement of Christmas preparations, making decorations putting up the tree, and school term used to D R A G.
As an adult, my Christmas preparations started in August so as I could spread the cost!
Sadly Christmas became all about the money, not the gift, not the thought, not the sentiment, just a major headache trying to avoid disappointments and pleasing everyone.

Today I shall be getting my cards in the mail. It’s going to cost a small fortune but it’s payday and I shall cut my cloth for the rest of the month accordingly.

We are intending to visit MOH this month and have a festive dinner with him. He doesn’t celebrate Christmas so it will be a simple gathering of three friends around the cooker and later playing the usual Scrabble, Crib or Dominoes.
I shall also be visiting my Mum in the nursing home and taking a few little parcels down for her.  The advent calendar was posted at the beginning of the week so hopefully she will have opened Door Number One and eaten the chocolate goodie inside.
We shall be spending Christmas Day in our own home, doing our own thing.
For years we’d do the rounds on Christmas Eve, then come home and shut the door on the world for a few days. People actually thought we had a notice on the door saying
‘We’ve wished you a Merry Christmas, now sod off!’ and left us alone.
We only had one Christmas on the boat and that was last year as in 2014 we spent it with MOH and in 2015 we were house sitting for MSM.

We have our ten pound dash to look forward to, buying a bigger tree, though the one my niece put together all those years ago will sit on the piano, and I shall do a three pan dinner. The pud is in the cupboard, I shall buy a Christmas Cake and some mince pies.
As always, it’ll be good because we’re together.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to December 1st

  1. scifihammy says:

    The Christmas hype seems to have taken over every feeling of good will that there used to be. Like you, I only buy small gifts these days. It’s all that is needed really.
    Nice to hear you will be celebrating the spirit of Christmas and how lovely to be in your new home together. 🙂

  2. We’ve stopped the gift giving except for my husband’s adult kids. When I worked, Christmas was such a money-sucking event. (I apologize for my bad attitude.) People at work exchanged gifts excessively. I bought more for co-workers than I did for my family. We kicked in for mega gifts for the boss who could well afford to buy the damn item himself! Then there were the charities who truly needed it. I don’t miss all that ta-doo and much prefer a quiet (gift-less) Christmas. My purse still opens for our local animal shelters and homeless but the people I know don’t “need” anything. Most small gifts end up in the trash anyway! Ba humbug!

    • With you all the way Kate, especially the boss thing, though my bank boss was terrific and saw to it that we had our department Christmas Dinner at one of the best restaurants on the Company.
      My next job was expensive as we had secret santas to the value of £10 for the workforce which was optional (if you were in, you got) but still expected to buy for our immediate colleagues. I worked with 4 other girls and had to use my imagination to make cheap gifts look more expensive.
      It was much better in the bank as I bought for my ‘Team’ and made sweets for everyone else. They always went down exceptionally well!
      For family, we bought for the kids and spent £1 on the naffest gift for adults. Not having kids, we were happy with the Naff as it was fun. It got too expensive though, so we had to cut back on our generosity, which was easy enough when we moved away and we sent parcels to the Mums, but even that got pricey in postage.
      Hubby and I buy an Us present, a DVD or something we want for the house and Maggie will get a new squeaky toy this year, then we have our fun £10 dash for each other. We make sure Christmas is fun, not hardship or worry, that’s why we enjoy a festive dinner with MOH as there’s no Christmas fluff or wasted expense on gifts that don’t fit or that we don’t want, need, like, or would never use but are too polite to say so.
      Pass the bullseyes please 😀

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