Mid-Way

I completely forgot that it’s Christmas in July, not Christmas in June.

Halfway through the year already. This is also the same time of year I start putting bits and pieces of money and stuff, away. Saving up for Christmas time. Although, let’s be honest, got to get through Halloween first.

I love Halloween, but I LOVE Christmas and we don’t really celebrate Halloween in Australia. But, it’s sort of becoming a thing here. Which I don’t mind, but don’t tell anyone. Some Australian’s here really don’t like it. Too “American”, but I think, if you do it “right” you can make it Pagan-like.

A Christmas poem…of sorts…

Christmas isn’t a present, or food

It’s a feeling deep down,

A feeling of joy and love,

of wanting peace for all people kind.

Santa Claus is real,

It’s a feeling deep down,

He comes still comes every Christmas Eve,

but this year I hope he brings joy.

Santa Claus is real,

He is watching us when we’re sleeping, and he does watch us when we’re awake.

He knows we need to be better,

so be better for goodness sake.

Hump Day

I just wanted to do a quick post, let’s hear some happy Christmas tunes on this Hump Day Wednesday! Special Christmas Edition.

In no particular order:

Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) – Christmas is all Around 16:9 – 2003 Original Musik Video

S. Ginnem

Elton John – Step Into Christmas


Elton Joh
n

Michael Buble – Santa Claus is Coming to Town


Michael Bublé

Chuck Berry – Run, run Rudolph

Chuck Berry



Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree (Audio)


Kelly Clarkson

Christmas Card Day!

I bet you are just dying of curiosity of Christmas Card Day is!

In 1843, the first commercial Christmas card was created in England by Sir Henry Cole, a civil servant who was responsible for the idea of sending greetings scribbled into the now familiar cards we get around the season of good cheer.

One of the world’s first cards, commissioned by Cole and produced by J. C. Horsley, saw the hammer come down at £22,250 in 2001. Another one of Horsley’s cards sold for almost £9000 in 2005 – and if you want to see a big collection of these coveted cards you can drop by the British Museum to see Queen Mary’s early 1900s collection.

Christmas Card Day – Days of the Year

Yummy!

So over the past weekend, I did help out a little bit with making some shortbreads!

Every Christmas we have certain little treats, shortbreads being one of them. We also make mince pies, and fudge. All very English things. We are boringly English. I am first generation Australian, but have very strong English roots.

For those who don’t know what those treats are, I’ll just post a couple of links below:

A mince pie is a sweet pie of English origin, filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat”, that is traditionally served during the Christmas season in much of the English-speaking world.

mince pies

Oh so it seems Shortbread is actually a Scottish tradition.

Shortbread or shortie is a traditional Scottish biscuit usually made from one part white sugar, two parts butter, and three to four parts plain wheat flour. Unlike many other biscuits and baked goods, shortbread does not contain any leavening, such as baking powder or baking soda. 

Shortbread Christmas Balls, we just add chocolate chips

Does your grouping make any special Christmas treats?

It’s the most busiest time of the year

… well … generally … Some of you may have even busier times of the years, in which case. I am so sorry!

Remember, though, to make sure you get through!

This time of year can be such a “bad guy” to a lot our mental health. Whether it is just the general stresses, have you got enough presents? Have you got the right food, are there foods to considers ie vegan options).

While I can post a whole lot of articles, about what makes a less stressful Christmas. Let’s have a discussion about it instead.

For myself, I come up with rules for myself, well in advance of Christmas (I have probably written about this before). During end of June, start of July, I started to put money away, especially if I still not yet working. Even if it’s only $10.00. By the time December rolls around, you have at least over $200. Which may not seem a lot, but if you’re a “smart” shopper, it can help a lot. Even if you use it just for food.

KNOW the dates and days surrounding Christmas. Find out if you have to work on Christmas Eve, and in some cases on Christmas. Then you can work out your present buying schedule. And work out your pays as well. I get my last pay, before Christmas (and for the year) on the 23rd of the 12th. So, that is the day I am going to the shops and getting any vouchers. Then Friday is Christmas Eve, the gift certificates should be the last things I need to get.

Internally, be satisfied, with what you can get. Too me, the point of Christmas, is not necessarily the gifts. They should just be, and always be an added bonus to the day.

Choose travel friendly gifts, especially if you have family or friends, coming interstate or internationally! We have a lot of family (hopefully) coming from interstate. So, their gifts must be able to be packed into a car, or a suitcase. With room for their own things, haha.

Don’t give up on things that make you happy. For example, I love to read just before bed. I’m not giving that up just to try and get some presents wrapped earlier.

And if you do go into the shops to get your presents, I’m trying to do both this year. But we’ve just had another outbreak of COVID. See if you can make a plan, before you go into the shops. If you are familiar with the shop, then that makes it easier (clearly).

And just have fun! ❤


Crinale819

What’s better than Christmas Shopping?

Well…For some you, you may absolutely hate it. My mum were going to go Christmas Shopping together this weekend.

Well, instead my Mum decided, instead of shopping. Too bring my Gran down from her home, to spend the day cooking with us, too make her famous shortbread for Christmas! Whether or not she’ll remember her recipe, is another question…But it’s kind of not the point. Like, I think it’s a much better idea than Christmas Shopping. She’ll forget and as soon as she gets back to her home, shell probably ring my Mum or Aunt 10 minutes later.

But not everything is about her, haha.


Michael Bublé