Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Real Life Intrudes

December is a busy time of year.

Apart from Christmas, Chanukah, or other mid-winter festivals, some of us have four close friends born in December, all of whom throw great parties. Some of us have friends who just moved into a house with a secret bedroom above the kitchen and an eight-foot Christmas tree in the living room, which we must see. Some of us embark on time-consuming knitting projects at the worst possible time.

I love December :)

I also love shopping for gifts - like regular shopping but without the guilt, and with the added bonus that it makes two people happy instead of just one. I'm almost finished gift shopping but I suspect I'll be picking up additional stocking-fillers here and there right up to Christmas Eve.

How about you guys? How do you spend the lead-up to the holidays?

9 comments:

  1. There are always those last minute gifts that fell through the cracks, or finding out somebody else bought the same gift, so the final weekend before the big day is usually spent plugging holes. That, and my wife uses one day to bake cookies and snacks with the kids. :)

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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  2. I too love the buzz in the air at this time of year. The shopping, the wrapping, the decorating and baking. It is such a busy time and one I tend to fall behind with writing, blogging etc. I had a baby shower to throw, a housewarming and a major snowstorm to deal with. Ahhh the joys of life and family. Love it!!!!

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  3. I love th lights in London this time of year. I spend most of the run-up in a happy state of denial and procrastination until the week before, when I go into a mad panic.

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  4. I am normally so so organised this time of the year - but this year, it's all gone to pot! I try to think why, and all I can come up with is that, this time last year, I hadn't begun to write 'full time' and I wasn't planning a wedding...both of which seem to take up all my spare time so I dont have time to make meticulous lists for Christmas (which I love!)

    I also have 3 close friends who have birthdays around Christmas, (19th, 28th & 30th) so I find I tend to go out or do girls nights in a lot around this time too.

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  5. DL, the day of baking with the kids sounds like such a lovely idea. Happy holidays to you and the family too!

    Ann, was that the Great Irish Freeze? Were you affected badly? I walked everywhere like I was in moon boots for two weeks and getting to work took twice as long, but no disasters. Sounds like an especially busy season for you!

    Talli, you've got me missing London at Christmas now :) Maybe next year. . . Dublin has gone for all-white lights the last few years. It works pretty well because so many of our buildings are red-brick. We have this monstrosity of a Christmas tree on O'Connell Street though: http://www.nowpublic.com/environment/french-designed-christmas-tree-lighting-dublins-oconnell-street-year-photo-02

    Those big red balls change colour, from red to green to blue to purple to GOD KNOWS WHAT. I know it's energy efficient but I don't like it.

    Lucie, I hope the wedding planning goes well :) Enjoy the season! My three friends aren't quite as close to Christmas as yours are, but the nights out still add up. . .

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  6. I've got academics occupying my attention at the moment, and writing. My plans for the Christmas break are up in the air at the moment.

    Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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  7. Oh I love Christmas, Ellen! I love wrapping gifts, I love putting up the Christmas tree and doing all decorations at home. I just love the spirit of Christmas!

    Merry Christmas!!!!

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  8. I love christmas. it is a pity that there are people in the world that cannot celebrate it.
    All in Christmas is nice: presents for children, eating, being with the family and friends, drinking, cards...

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  9. Merry Christmas William, Len and Anonymous :D

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