So ‘D-day’ finally arrived, ‘D’ standing for decorations of course!
We usually dedicate a whole day to decorating our house for Christmas. It is a day that I once looked forward to but following having children began to despise! Rather than the sounds of soft, twinkly Christmas songs playing in the background as the tinsel was merrily being hung, there would be sounds of screaming and shouting as the children ransacked the boxes of decorations before the tree was even standing.
There’s usually be tinsel and baubles all over the joint before, maybe if I fell lucky the odd bauble would make it to the tree but usually they would all be hung from various pieces of furniture as the children took Christmas into their own sticky mits. Trying to get the children to calmly and carefully decorate a Christmas tree which is a fairly simple task in my eyes was much like trying to discipline monkeys high on crack – entirely pointless and mostly impossible!
Now that the kids are that little bit older and able to actually help rather than hinder, the decorating process was far speedier and far less stressful. There was still the odd whine here and there but generally it went fairly smoothly.
We have boxes full of decs and over the years Paul and I have become accustomed to where particular decorations are hung, stuck or generally shoved. Knowing where to stick stuff also helped as we weren’t wandering around eyeing up hooks or shelf space for random stuffed Santa’s, Snowmen and such like.
I was aware that we were in much need of new outdoor lights this year. I was simply not willing to spend another year having taped-together stars hanging half-lit from the windows. I wanted ‘bright lights’ to fit in with the rest of the cul-de-sac which is now beginning to resemble Blackpool-sodding-illuminations.
I expected to trawl around the shop aimlessly for hours whilst the kids caused chaos in the Christmas section. I thought wrong!It was far easier than I ever imagined, we managed to do the whole ‘Christmas light shopping thing’ with two kids in tow in just under fifteen minutes. There were a few cross words and pointed fingers just before we left the shop which is far better than the usual melt downs that have occurred in the past.
Our house is now decorated for Christmas both inside and out, I am really pleased with the final result and was especially surprised by how well the kids behaved during the transformation from ‘house’ to ‘festive grotto’. I think I only whispered “for fucks sake” twice and that was mainly aimed at the tree which makes a change!
Happy Sunday, I hope you have had a relaxing weekend. If like me, you have also spent the weekend decorating for Christmas with kids in tow then may your wine be chilled and your glass be large!