I’m writing this a few days in advance because I’d preferably like to take Christmas Day off for obvious reasons. However, today marks the first post in my 12 Days of Blogging: where I daily blog for the 12 days after Christmas. Why am I doing this? Well, honestly, it’s somewhat a tribute to the last year, where I blogged consistently for 12 days after Christmas because I started my blog 2 days before and I wanted to build up some content. I feel like it’s important to remember your roots and they were the base of my blog, so it made sense to do it again.
So, once again, it’s Christmas Day. I am a massive fan of the whole festive period – absolutely love it with a passion, but I feel like, for a lot of people the expectations ruin the day. It’s so easy to see those “perfect TV Christmas” families, or hear other people’s stories and think… Is this it for me? We tend to have this ideal forced on us, and expect Christmas Day to be bundles of presents and specific foods and family fun all day non-stop. Yes, for some people this is exactly it, but it’s important to remember that the experience of Christmas is different for everyone.
For me, Christmas is an early morning, present opening, and then a whole lot of cooking for a meal that I probably won’t eat properly until Boxing Day (I’m a massive fan of Christmas Dinner for breakfast on Boxing Day…). By the time we eat dinner I’m usually stuffed from picking at it while I help my mum cook, and me and my family are most likely to spend our evenings in a food coma in front of the TV, watching a movie that no one’s particularly into. Is it the “typical Christmas”? Probably not, but I absolutely love it and wouldn’t change a thing. It’s not about what I get, or how well the day goes, it’s about the little things for me. It’s the laughs and the smiles and just feeling all comfortable – expectations be damned.
I know that I’m incredibly fortunate to have a Christmas that I enjoy, and I know that for everyone, this isn’t the case. However, try not to be too hard on yourself if Christmas isn’t a day that you enjoy. Ultimately, it’s just another day that will be over as quickly as the one before, and you should never feel like you have to enjoy it. We all like and dislike different things for our separate reasons and if you don’t enjoy Christmas the way that others tell you you should, that’s none of their business. Do what you want, and try and make it count.
Merry Christmas! Let me know how it’s going in the comments!
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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