Thursday, 18 December 2008

JYC - Days 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13

Here's the next installment of my Journal Your Christmas album. I'm finally catching up a bit.

Day 9 - Wrapping Paper
How much paper do we use at Christmas?

Some years I buy "good" wrapping paper - this year I bought the cheap stuff!!! Well I've had to wrap some things up two or three times as I've put my fingers through it. So that wasn't worth it.

It does seem to be a waste of paper, wrapping everything and then throwing it away on Christmas day.

I always wrap the girls presents in different coloured paper, red for Lilly and blue for Clare. For years they didn't realise this so if they did find presents they didn't know who's they were.

Day 10 - ListsWhy can't I do my Christmas shopping in July when no-one else is doing theirs?

I always leave everything til the last minute then I'm flying around on late night shopping try to match present up with people.

Lists, lists, list.........

I'm not organised enough to make lists for Christmas (or birthdays) but I always receive wish lists from family. This does make it easier when I'm battling with all the other late night shoppers.

At least I don't need to worry about buying food and nibbles this year as we won't be here. I hope poor Angela is not stressing too much.

Day 11 - The Tree

I love a real tree. We always have one, this year however, we don't for the reason I've given before.

I love the smell of a real tree, and they look so pretty too. I always decorate the tree in red, green and gold. Some of the decorations I bought in Germany and they are very pretty.

Last year Peter and Angela gave me a fibre-optic palm tree (it set fire to the socket so we can't have it lit now), it stands inside the front door and reminds me of Los Angeles.

Day 12 - A Very different Christmas
This year our Christmas is going to be quite different I expect. The weather will be warmer. In Los Angeles it will be around 20c, here is will be just above freezing.

I'm not sure what to expect to eat. I think turkey is eaten at Thanksgiving, so it will be too soon after to have it again. I'm not asking, as I sort of want it to be a surprise.

Lilly is keen to go in the pool on Christmas day. I will probably go in with her.

I think most of Angela's family are coming over so that will be quite strange. Apart from Mary, Gene, Sarah, Cameron and Brigid we don't know any of the others.

It will be a very different Christmas.

Day 13 Traditions

You may notice the date tag says day 9. This was originally page 9, but I've altered the order of my journal a bit and didn't take a new picture of the LO!

I don't remember any special traditions when I was young. We always had turkey for Christmas dinner and it still doesn't feel right to have anything else to eat.

Our presents were left at the end of our bed in a pillowcase. We would clammer into Mum and Dad's bed to open our presents.

When Clare and Lilly were young I liked to have Christmas dinner on Christmas eve evening. This meant on Christmas day the girls could eat as much chocolate as they liked and not ruin their appetite. It also meant that I could fill the table with nice things to eat and relax. In recent years we've gone back to having Christmas dinner on Christmas day, but I prefer it the old way.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Days 6, 7 and 8

As you can see I'm way behind on this! I'm going to put these three days here then go and do some more entries.

Day 6 - Good and bad Christmas's
Mostly Christmas is really nice. A quiet time - just John, me and the girls.
Mum used to spend Christmas with us. One year she had a chest infection and spent most of Christmas in bed. We had to see the doctor twice while she was ill.
That Christmas Clare got her own computer, John spent a lot of the time on the computer too and the cat was ill!!
Lilly kept me sane that Christmas and I have to say it was one of the worst. One day I was sitting on the sofa looking out at the garden, it was a lovely bright day and my neighbours Silver Birch tree looked so pretty in the sunshine. I will try and take a picture of it when we have a sunny day so I can add it here.
Day 7 - Christmas Dinner
This weekend I hosted the family Christmas present swap. It was a last minute thing so I didn't have to worry too much about getting it right!
Today I cooked Christmas dinner. It's the only time I could do it really. With Clare away and Lilly a vegetarian there would be little point in cooking roast turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding to follow for just John and me.
As we had visitors and opportunity was presented. John, Lilly, Martin, Pat, Tim, Cressetta, And and Helen were my guests. We had a lovely time.

Day 8 - A Discovery

I've made a discovery while writing this journal. I've made two really.

First I have dicovered that I don't really like the build up to Christmas. I used to enjoy it but now I find it all too much hassle.

Before I went back to work I would make my Christmas cake and pudding in Septmeber when the girls went back to school. Now I don't usually have time. My cards used to be ready to post early in December, they're not even written yet and it's already well into Decembrer.

There's not the excitment about Christmas anymore. Maybe I'm just a grump old woman!

My second discovery is how much I'm enjoying journalling my life. Thank you Shimelle.

Friday, 5 December 2008

JYC - Day 3 & 4 (and maybe 5!)

Due to "life" I've been unable to put my entries on my blog for a couple of days. I've got a busy weekend ahead so I thought I'd better get on and let you see day three and four of my journal. so here they are.

Day 3 - Christmas Cards

I usually have my cards written and ready to post by the beginning of December. This year I am behind and haven't even written the yet!
I'm thinking of not sending so many cards this year and I may send a donation to a charity instead.
We get cards from people we haven't seen for years and it just seems such a waste of resources.
I will still be thinking of all those people whether I sent cards or not.

Day 4 - Perfect Christmas
Our Christmas 2008 is going to be very different as we will be in Los Angeles.I've never had a warm Christmas really. We spent some Christmas's in Cyprus but I think L.A. may be warmer.The best thing about this Christmas will be spending time with my brother and "new" sister-in-law. I miss them very much and I am looking forward to seeing them very much.
I hope John, Clare and Lilly enjoy the holiday. I'm sure Lilly will, but my biggest wish for this Christmas is that Clare and John enjoy it too.
Day 5 - Advent CalendarOn the 1st December I was surprised by a friend when she gave me this Advent Calendar. It's lovely and each drawer had a small chocolate inside. When the drawers are turned round there will be a picture of a tree revealed.
I don't remember having Advent Calendars when I was small. As I grew up we had a paper calendar with a Nativity scene on and it was much late that I had a calendar with chocolates in!
The girls always have an Advent Calendar and this year I've made them. They have small presents as well as chocolate.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

JYC - Day 2 - The Weather

As I didn't have time to show you my cover, manifesto and day 1 photos yesterday, here they are:

The Front Cover
I'm not sure I'm very happy with this cover, it has a few smudges and the letters are wonky so it may be changed. For now it will stay though.
My Manifesto
Day 1 - The Decorations
We don't normally put our decorations up until later in December, but this year they're up already due to having family over at the weekend.
I always give Clare and Elizabeth advent calendars and this year is no exception. I've made them this year and put small gifts as well as chocolate in them.
I have two advent parcels from swaps I did on UKScrappers so I'm excited abut that.
The weather today was very cold and icy, more like January or February than December.
Day 2 - The Weather
The Weather is uasually cold and wet at this time of year. I remember snow at Christams when I was young, but not for many years.
This year it is colder than usual - maybe we will have snow this Christmas.
Not for us! We're going to LA for Christmas to visit Peter and Angela, so a lovely warm Christmas. This will be strange for us, but we have our Californian tree up already to get us in the mood.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Journal Your Christmas - Day 1 - My Manifesto

So here we are, day 1 of Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas class.

My Manifesto
This is simple. I am going to try. That's it really. I'm going to try to blog every day from now until the 6th January, but as you will know if you've looked at my blog in the past, I'm not very good at keeping up! I'm also going to try and journal my Christmas in craft. My book is ready so I've no excuse exept time. I am going to try to find a few minutes each day for this.
The reason I want to do this class is that I know nothing of the Christmas's of my parents or their parents and I think it would be interesting for my children, grandchildren and maybe even great grandchildren to be able to look back at Christmas as the beginning of the 21st century and see what it was like. I hope someone will be interested.
So, I will see you tomorrow and I hope to be able to post a picture of my crafting journal too.
Have fun everyone.