I Smell Christmas…
These days everywhere I go is sounding, looking and smelling like Christmas!
I woke up this morning to a very very cold – 4 degrees celsius morning! I hate the cold. It makes me want to jump on the next train to Nigeria and stay there till the sun is shining here again!
One thing I like about winter though, is how white everything gets. It is amazing that a thin layer of frost or snow can make ugly plants, grasses and trees beautiful, especially when they have lost their leaves! The sight this morning on my drive to work was so beautiful that I took a picture while I was driving. Bad bad bad I know and will not do this again! The picture I took however wasn’t good enough so I found something similar online.
Anyway, that is not the reason I am blogging today. I am blogging about Christmas because of the guilty feeling I get every year, since I have been in the UK.
From 1 December, everyone is all about Christmas shopping and Christmas this and that. I just never get it. I mean, growing up in Nigeria, Christmas shopping for my parents was just buying the cow, goat or chicken we will be eating and making sure there is enough food in the house. However, it seems to be different here. Not only do you shop for food with the aim of feeding your family food enough to feed a whole street, you also by Christmas presents. For example, I was at the town centre today at lunch time, and Marks and Spencer was filled with people buying Christmas presents, people walking purposefully through the shops and streets with shopping bags with something to do with Christmas. It got me thinking, why am I not shopping??
I used to just ignore the Christmas presents concept and then 2 weeks before Christmas, for example, now, I start feeling guilty I haven’t bought or thought about Christmas presents for my nephews and nieces, cousins who are still young enough to get gifts from me. I have a rule of thumb, if you are 15 and above, you are an adult and will get no gift from me, except you have been really really good!
So my predicament is, as some of my nephews do not live in the UK so I need ample time to post their presents but I can’t even think of what to get them. Tips are very welcome! The the time to get them. I love being creative with my gifts but I haven’t even had time to think and put my creativity to practice. Busy with life work and being lazy! Lol. I haven’t even bought DT’s present, however, I have an idea of what I am going to get him.
In the spirit of Christmas though, I have posted some Christmas cards to friends and family, I still have a few to write-up and send around and I have looked hard around this house to see if I can put up some tinsel, but I can’t find where to put them. LOL so the house is not being decorated this year. However, I have a reef outside.. it isn’t enough but would do for now.
I am looking forward to my 11 consecutive days of doing nothing sha, bring on the Christmas holidays! Woohooo!
Have you done your Christmas shopping and what do you think about the whole Christmas shopping idea?