So Christmas has come and gone… and as I sit here pondering the aftermath on Boxing Day, I turn my thoughts to Christmases of yesteryear.
As Christmas Day approached this year, I was seeing and hearing a lot about Christmas traditions both online and offline. Usually, seeing photos of Christmas trees going up and listening to people get into the festive spirit did bring out a bit of a “bah humbug!” attitude in me. Don’t worry though, I’m not going full Scrooge here!
I completely embrace this season and the goodwill it inspires in everyone. My resignation often came from the fact that like most twenty-something-year-olds, my fiancé and I were renters who often moved a lot – as is renting life. This meant we tried our best not to accumulate too much stuff so that our next inevitable move would be slightly lighter – and top of that cull list was Christmas trees and Christmas decorations. Although this was economical, it did mean we never truly felt the spirit of Christmas in our homes.
This story does have a happy ending though. Last April, we bought our first permanent home together in the picturesque county of Dorset – a mere ten-minute drive from the beach. All our dreams had come true. One of the highlights of home-owning for us was that Christmas would feel completely different. We were going to finally bring Christmas into our home! We were so excited that we bought our tree in late September and had it up by the first week of November!
We had so much fun picking out our baubles and other adornments. Dare we even say it – we felt like grown-ups (and further attestation to that fact is that we did resist opening our presents until Christmas Day!)
One of our favourite pieces of decoration for our tree was given to us by my fiancé’s mother – it was a house in a globe to represent our first home. It’s something we’ll always have with every tree as a reminder of our first year in our first home together – and with that, we’d created one of our very first Christmas traditions without even realising it!
If I could go back in time though, I think I would loosen up about Christmas décor even when we were renting and allow ourselves to indulge a little. I think you can create Christmas wherever you go, whether it’s somewhere you’re simply passing through or somewhere you plan to put roots down. Life is too short to be economical all the time!
I hope you all had fantastic Christmases with your loved ones. What Christmas traditions did you take part in?