Gingerbread men & Christmas traditions

 

I absolutely love Christmas. I love the decorations, I love the lights, the glitter, the sparkles, the ribbons, and I love buying people presents and watching them open them. For me, that is probably the best part about Christmas.

No matter how old I get, I always at least try to make myself feel festive. This year, I felt at least a little bit Christmassy when I was decorating our Christmas tree in our new little home. It’s our first Christmas living together, and I always said that when I had my own place I would decorate it extensively with tinsel and anything else that I could find.

As we get older, the Christmas spirit dampens a little, and its harder to feel excited – but I’m always determined to at least make myself believe that I still feel festive, even if life sometimes goes by a little too quickly and the 25th just becomes another day.

Usually, my go-to Christmas activity is to make Gingerbread men, mainly because its easy, i’ve done it before and it leaves baked goods in your house for a good week after (depending on how long they last for…) 

It’s really easy to become a little too stressed and think you never have enough time to do anything, and I’d be lying if I said i hadn’t felt at least a little stressed recently. But for me, it was really important to make the damn gingerbread men so that I could at least convince myself that I still had the time to enjoy the things I used to.

 

 

 

When I was younger, I used to spend serious dedicated Christmas cookie time. I’m talking edible glitter, a whole piping set for the most luxurious of icing, and some seriously tumblr-worthy cookies. This year however, my friends looked like they needed a little help. But I was more concerned of getting a sweet treat on top of them, then spending hours with my arm at an awkward angle, trying to make them look super pretty without getting icing all over me.

Lets be straight – everyone loves Christmas, right? And if you don’t love Christmas, its because you think you’re too stressed out to like Christmas, and that its just a day full of anxiety and running around. But I guess what I’m saying is take. time. for. yourself. I’m a big believer of making time for yourself, whether thats having a bath full of lush goodies, or sitting on the sofa and not looking at your laptop or your phone just once.

Even if you’re struggling with time, you’re feeling stressed and you think that you’ve lost the “Christmas spirit” because you’re too busy being an adult, it’s really important to self-care. Go to a Christmas market. Bake something at home. Spend the entire day watching Christmas movies! Never feel like you’re too busy for something, and if you really are, then take five minutes out, because you’re never going to get any productive work done if you’re too worried about what you’re doing in the first place, amiright?

At the moment, my blog is still full of ramblings. So I hope you’re finding what I’m trying to say.

Are there any Christmas traditions that you have? Are you still looking for ways to feel festive?

(I’ve also partaken in a lot of hot chocolate and marshmallow drinking, so I would thoroughly recommend this.)

Christina x

7 Comments

  1. Jaiden Gill
    December 22, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    A big family lunch with pavlova is the usual tradition, but so glad I read this, always important to take time for yourself, regardless of how busy this time of year is, but quite easy to forget about yourself thoughout the season!

    • December 22, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      Haha, back at the Pavlova again Jaiden! That sounds awesome – I’ll be heading home tomorrow evening back to my parents as I recently moved about three hours north a few months ago. I feel like that’ll definitely get me into the festive spirit! and I totally agree! Perhaps thats why our parents etc, don’t enjoy Christmas that much anymore? I’m a big believer in self care. all the love, thanks so much for commenting. x

      • Jaiden Gill
        December 22, 2016 / 10:37 pm

        Of course! I am a pavlova enthusiast!
        And that sounds nice! Minus a three hour drive! But yeah for sure, i think when your a kid it’s so easy to be excited as you have less responsibility, you just rock up and boom! Mission success. But as you get older its more and more on you to buy cards and gifts for everyone and organize who’s bringing what to lunches or dinners, ect haha. And for me personally it’s just so much happening on the 24th and 25th “my birthday, my grandparents wedding anniversary, Christmas and my grandfather’s birthday. Its usually too hectic to relax and take me time, but i too think it’s so important to take time for yourself. Should be an ad campaign “the biggest gift for yourself this Christmas metime”

        • December 22, 2016 / 10:41 pm

          Absolutely! I love that! might actually have to borrow that quote – and of course credit you! It really does sound like you have so much going on this year! I’m sure you’re super excited for your birthday though! I’ll be getting the train tomorrow – phew! Can’t be dealing with another 3 hour drive haha! x

          • Jaiden Gill
            December 22, 2016 / 11:22 pm

            Woo! Do eht spread the wisdom!!! And well everyone’s busy this time of yeah. I just get a few more family dinners haha! And yeah pretty keen but birthday always seems to be overthrown by christmas! But I’m festive so its good!

            And thankgod for trains! How long by train is it?

  2. Lizzy
    December 22, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    Every year, we open presents at midnight at home, sleep a few hours, then go to my grandparents for brunch and Christmas. I hadn’t felt festive at all this year until Pentatonix released their new Christmas album. After that, I’ve been stoked. I haven’t been this excited for Christmas since I was little.

    • December 22, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      Presents at midnight! Thats so cool! I think I’m probably the only person I know that waits until after our Christmas dinner to open presents! The idea of Christmas Brunch sounds so lovely, and its always so nice to see the Grandparents at Christmas. I think regardless of how much time you spend with your family, thats always what Christmas draws down to! So nice to hear as well that music and a new release has made you the most excited in years! x

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