I have always loved Christmas. It’s my absolute favourite time of year; I love the atmosphere, the food, the music, everything just fills my little heart with joy. However, lately I’ve been so wrapped up in University and my complicated life and everything in between that I haven’t had the time to be as excited the last couple of years.
Don’t get me wrong, nothing will ever ruin a Christmas for me – I turn into a Christmas elf the first chance I get. However, since University, it’s been a lot harder to get to the same level of excitement. The general consensus seems to be that the further you grow from childhood, the less excited you get for Christmas… Usually because there aren’t as many presents and so there’s not as much magic. In my case, this hasn’t been the reason at all. In fact, the older I’ve gotten, the more respect I’ve developed for Christmas. My parents have spent my whole life so far buying countless thoughtful gifts for me at this time of year, and the older I get, the more means I’ve had to return the favour, and I absolutely love that. It boosted my spirit even further, because in my opinion the feeling of watching someone open a present you tried really hard with is indescribable. I try so hard when it comes to presents, and I get butterflies on Christmas morning knowing that my family will be opening my presents later that day, however University has set me back a little bit when it comes to this process.
Before Uni I had a part time job and no bills to pay, or I had savings that I’d left unspent all year in preparation for buying the best presents that I could for my loved ones… Now here I am 2 years later with accommodation bills, my money being spent on food and (although I do get paid a small amount for my internship and blog) no real additional income other than my student loan which I need for the bills and food. I still buy presents, because I lose a bunch of my Christmas joy if I can’t buy presents for my loved ones, but it’s become harder to do. Everything’s more rushed now: I can’t even think about presents before I’ve sorted my deadlines, my group presentations, my lecture notes, my tickets home… The list never ends, and when you add money on top of that it becomes even more stressful.
It doesn’t mean that I’m not excited – I’ll always be excited for Christmas (hopefully). It just means that over the last few years it’s been a little bit harder to get to that level of excitement. However, I shouldn’t feel bad about that. I have a hectic life, I don’t have to be in the Christmas spirit 24/7 if I don’t want to be, and there shouldn’t be pressure for anyone to have to. At the end of the day, Christmas is just 24 hours, a day like any other, and I shouldn’t put pressure on myself to be constantly buzzing about it.
Wishing you all a happy holiday, and if you’re not feeling the holidays yet, don’t worry 😉
Lots of love,
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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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