I bought my first Christmas present last week, and it made me feel a little better. It was a horrible week last week. This week isn’t really looking that much better, but I have been good with myself, and have not buy anything for myself … Yet, lol
I LOVE planning for things like Christmas, and even though I’m Australian, I love “celebrating” Halloween too. So I’m trying to think of something for that too. It’s all going to depend on what happens with my Gran AND of course, if we go into lock down or something.
Christmas may also be a little sadder this year, NSW and Victoria are not looking like they’re going to be “open” in time for Christmas. Half our family live in one of at least two of those states.
So many people are starting to celebrate this in Australia now. It is kind of nice, but at the same time. I have no idea where it came from! I’m hoping it started in Australia though.
You see, Christmas in Australia is pretty much, smack bang, in the middle of Summer. January is the middle of Summer, so it’s pretty close. Also though our “Christmas” in July, is in the middle of Winter (hence why I’m writing about it on the 14th). Close to the middle of the year, in the middle of Winter.
No one could really do it last year though. Though I suspect some did.
I really do love the idea though, what normally entails with a Christmas in July Party:
“Ugly” Christmas Jumpers
Traditional Christmas meals, but with a twist. As an example, we have a family friend who wraps up the brussels sprouts in bacon! She also makes the best truffles.
People tend to make more Winter/Christmas drinks, like your mulled wines and eggnog. As these Christmas drinks actually become more drinkable, because the weather is cooler, the eggnog doesn’t go off as quickly and make you sick -.-
People do buy each other presents too! However, they are normally silly (sometimes rude) little things. From a pound or 99c type shop.
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So it’s about 48hrs ish until Christmas…Are You Ready?!
No? Well don’t stress! There are so many different things that you can do for Christmas. I think this year, people will be more forgiving if presents don’t turn up on time, or there not as expensive as previous years.
What I want to write about, are possible gifts ideas, where you can use things from your own house. Or things you can grab from the supermarkets. Sort of quick and handy ideas, for present ideas. Some of these though will clearly depend on who you’re giving the gift too.
Of course there is always the re-gift. While not “socially proper” If not one finds out, whose going to know! Just make sure you know who you’re re-gifting a gift too. My Mum, as an example, gave these wine glasses to my Aunt, that she thought were awesome, and great, since my Aunt and Uncle sit outside a lot. My Aunt gave them to someone who posts EVERYTHING ON FACEBOOK! So you can imagine my Mum’s surprise when a few months later a mutual friend of theirs were given the same suspiciously looking unique wine glasses, from my Aunt. Every one wanted to know where she got them from, so they could get some…Total Silence. The woman that my Aunt re-gifted too, posts EVERYTHING on Facebook. So be careful!
So one thing a lot of people I’ve noticed really getting into this year, are plants! I would highly recommend, thinking about taking a beautiful plant from your garden and placing it in a pot, to give to someone. If you have beautiful flowers, what about a bouquet of flowers?
Baking and Cooking, while they may seem “easy get outs”. If you have a favourite recipe or a really good recipe, people will love it! I have a cousin who cooks really well (was on Australia’s first season on “The Great Australia Bake Off). He makes jams, oils, and delicious foods. He now runs a little market type store in Sydney So while we may all not be my cousin. You don’t have to be on a tv show, or a run a market to make delicious foods, spread, oils etc.
Which brings me to other things you can use in your own home to make things. You can make things like soaps, sometimes you can make candles. Depending, clearly, on what you have at your home at the time. This is great is you have dying flowers, or smells around. Now, while I was investigating this, while it’s simple. I kept coming across this product, Lye. So this link goes to what Lye is. It does say you don’t need Lye, but it’s a better product to make soaps with.
If you sow or knit, although knitting does take a long time. Why not try redesigning some old clothes, either to make “new” clothes, or to make something completely different! You can make bags, pillow cushions, socks…Depending on the material though!
Start the fire place, except if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, but on that jumper…except if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere. Crack open the bubbly, except if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere…then it’s … beer …
Everywhere, it’s time to start playing your Christmas tunes…Yes, even we here in the Southern Hemisphere, we still have “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”.
When I’m putting up my tree, we always have at least one cd playing, that I bought from my teen years!
Hanson “Snowed In”.
A “new” cd that I have now. Well I call it “new”, but we always played it when we were younger and were putting up the Christmas Tree at my Pa’s and Gran’s house. Every year, since we’ve stopped doing that, I always sing or hum it around Christmas anyway. About two years ago, I decided to actually buy the cd.
Boney M Christmas.
Now I LOOOOOVE watching all classic South Park Christmas episodes, but I have one song in particular that I just adore.
You all didn’t have to agree so eagerly that I’ve been grumpy by the way! Hahahaha … Totally kidding!
I read the saddest thing and the sweetest thing. A mother asking how she can help her children celebrate Christmas, when it’s going to be so small this year…and the suggestions! The #ChristmasSpirit is alive and well!
I have written up all my international Christmas cards/letters. Sent them off. So some people on here, watch out for those! I’m hoping those will get there before Christmas, lol.
Do any of you have any plans on doing something different for Christmas this year? I am donating a lot more things to charities, mainly for the kids. I’ve putting thing and money aside specifically this year to do it. Normally I just get bits and pieces for my own Christmas. I put money into tins, but this year, I went “No! Children need more joy than they’ve ever needed before!”
Is it just me or is it crazy to think that Christmas is in one month!
As some much more wiser than I said as well “This year, lots of other religions and cultures have had to cancel meeting up with their families, for their festivals and celebrations. Why should it be any different for Christians and Christmas”.
My mum keeps making fun of me because while not 100% ready, because that would be ridiculous. I’ve been getting bits and pieces for Christmas already. I have my brother pretty well covered, and since we just had Fathers Day and it’s my Dads birthday soon. I’m nearly out of gifts for my Dad already.
This has not been a good year, so I just want to make sure that I’m prepared. Is that so unreasonable this year?lol
I don’t think I actually have anything for my Mum yet though, should I tell her? She is the HARDEST to buy for, with both Christmas and her birthday. We’ll ask her with enough time to make sure we can actually get stuff for her. But she literally waits until maybe one or two days before the event, before she actually tells us what she wants.
Do you enjoy receiving Christmas cards through snail mail?
I really do enjoy them. I actually went to write letters to people this year. Some of my cards have letters in them, so I felt this year, I should do the same back. When I started to hand write the letters though. Ouch, it really hurt my hand. I tried to remember the last time I just hand wrote something, I can’t even honestly remember. So I cheated and wrote them up on the computer…at work,lol
Do you like the taste and/or smell of peppermint?
Oh yes! It’s one of my favourite smells.
What is your least favorite holiday side dish?
Roast pumpkin…I’m sorry! I love pumpkin soup and just don’t like pumpkin =/
What is the coolest (best) gift you ever gave someone?
It has to be when my brother and I *mainly me mind you* paid for my Mum to go over to Melbourne for New Years. That’s where my brother lives, and we booked them a hotel that overlooked fireworks.
Bonus question because I thought it was nifty: What is a Christmas song that makes you cringe? (Please insert the word “Holiday” for Christmas if Christmas isn’t your thing or bothers you or something?
Please share some of your favorite music around this time of year.
The entire Boney M Christmas album, I grew up on that one. We used to get the family all around and helped to put up my Grandparents tree with that playing in the background.
Basically I just wanted to write a little about my favourite Christmas specials. I also want to know about yours. I’ve been finding that sharing our favourite specials, I’ve been also finding out about other good tv shows!
I only just found out recently that this show is even going still, and I’ll be honest. This shows a little “out there” and can be completely wrong, but somehow they make it right at the end.
Just comedies, comedy and even comedies! There are some fantastic Christmas comedy specials out there!
Your favorite beverage (if it differs) during the holiday season? If it doesn’t differ, just answer the ‘what’s your favorite beverage” part.
I have an entire assortment of favourite beverages. I have actually recently gotten into egg nog. Oh my goodness, I was missing out there! I enjoy more milkshakes around this time of year. Here in Australia, it’s Summer, so the weather is warmer. Anything minty as well. The same with my response last week with the mint chocolate ice-cream. I also enjoy glasses of white sweet wine,lol
This one has been asked before, but what’s your take on pumpkin spice?
I’ve never honestly had it,lol
Is there is a person or god connected with your holiday?
Who are they and do you believe in them?
If you do not believe in these people or gods, does the celebration/honoring of that being, bother you in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)?
I don’t really believe in a God for Christmas or anything. I believe in what the spirit of Christmas is supposed to be. The only thing that bothers me is when people say that people are at War with Christmas, because Starbucks put “Happy Holidays” on a cup. Or when Trump says things like Obama wont let people say “Merry Christmas”, when there was absolutely no proof of that. That bothers me.
I have no problem with “Happy Holidays” in general, anyway. Not everyone on planet Earth celebrates Christmas. We celebrate Christmas, but my family doesn’t celebrate a Christian Christmas. But we all enjoy the holidays and breaks we get because of it, and why not?.
Share a song that you enjoy during this Winter season (whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, The Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa and so forth.