Tuesday, November 20, 2012

After my birthday I always change gear and head happily towards Christmas. 

I have done some Christmas shopping.

I have been researching tree's and thinking about decorations I plan to make.

But I am just not feeling festive yet and I am not really sure why?

I think Birthdays and Christmas drive home how much I miss my family and friends in the UK and certain traditions and festive rituals I used to look forward to in the UK are missing in Canada.  The lack of Marks and Spencer's trimmed up for Christmas with it's over the top tins of biscuits with snowy scenes on them, festive TV ad's and the Radio Times (such an important part of my childhood, planning what would go on with VHS tapes) and annual shopping trips with my Mum to Harrogate were all a big part of the build up to Christmas. 

I shopped in Walmart today and their attempt at festivities included wrapping the checkout lights in cheap wrapping paper and it just dosnt really inspire me to put up the fairy lights in my own home yet! 

So this weekend I plan to whip up a batch of mulled cider and watch a Christmas film, possibly eating a mince pie and singing jingle bells.  Ho Ho Ho!

And for all you lovers of all things festive here is possibly the best advert for Christmas I have ever seen- I am not ashamed to admit I shed a little happy tear!   John Lewis you hit the nail on the head with this one!

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  1. I'm having a hard time getting into the spirit this year, as well. I'm really trying to kick my own ass to get out of this slump, but I'm not quite there yet.

    I'll be having a friend Christmas this year with a girl from the UK and a girl from New Zealand, so I'm excited to see what kind of traditions they bring with them. I can assure you that we will be having mulled wine!

    Good luck getting yourself in the spirit. I bet the new tree will help. Just steer clear of those stinky pine cones and you should be well on your way. ;)

    1. Hot chocolate, festive film and tree decorating party on the cards to get us in festive gear! x


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