Every year there’s an argument over when Christmas should be mentioned, when we should start shopping, when the Christmas cards and chocolates should appear in the shops and so on. There are those that think it's too early and others (like myself) that can't wait but I think the majority would say it's too early.
Some people like to be super organised and will have started their Christmas shopping in the last January sales and I don’t blame them. Christmas can be costly not just for presents but decorations, food, travel and more. Starting early for some is a necessity because they need to spread the cost out. Christmas traditions too. People love to have an opinion on what you are or aren’t doing at Christmas.
It’s nobody's business and completely down to you and only you what you do. Don’t let others make you feel bad because you’ve started your Christmas shopping early or you are already needing to book to go and see Santa. Whether you buy one present per child or fifty presents per child. Whether you let everyone open one gift on Christmas Eve. You make a Christmas Eve box. You let the children stay up late on Christmas Eve.
Who cares! Christmas is what you make it and you only. What you and your family do is no concern of anyone else. We shouldn’t be judging people because we don’t think it’s right. There’s no right or wrong. In my opinion even my own Christmas has changed compared to how my parents did Christmas and sometimes I do think that I myself could make Christmas a lot less stressful and more about just spending time with the family. Do we need 3 trees? Do I need to get so stressed over cooking Christmas dinner? Will the children really appreciate all of the presents I bought and should I just stick with one or two practical gifts? Do what you want to do.
Each year we all go and choose the tree together and decorate it together whilst listening to Christmas music (followed by a takeaway!), we choose to visit Santa each year and on Christmas Eve we spend the day with family taking the children bowling and for pizza. It's traditions we have made and will continue for years to come hopefully.
It's not anyone else's business what you do, how far you travel, what advent calendar you buy or what you fill the children's stocking with, whether you eat the traditional turkey dinner or not, how much you do or don't decorate the house or if you choose to hide away and try to avoid all of it.
Enjoy the festive season as it’s there to be enjoyed. To bring families together who don’t see each other very often, to spend time with loved ones and follow family traditions that will hopefully be continued by your children and maybe try new ones if you want to but just have the Christmas that you truly enjoy.