December is here and so is the madness. While I love this time of year and enjoy the preparations leading up to Christmas and the end of the year, it does at times bring a mild sense of panic.
I feel like so much is always crammed into the last couple of months of the year, that I often need to take a step back and remind myself of what is most important and go with that.
Recently, Miss 8 told me that she wished it was Christmas already and I reminded her not to wish away the time she has now to enjoy the lead up because sometimes that can be just as much fun as the day itself.
It’s something I think I need to tell myself as well as it’s far too easy to get caught up in the gift buying and present giving, jamming our calendars full of catch ups and pre-Christmas appointments. Yes, some of these things need to be done now but others can always wait leaving us more time to enjoy the season that lies ahead without rushing. If you need some more tips you can check out my tips for a stress-free Christmas here.
Today I’m continuing my Living Loving Making Baking series – a place where I share what I have been up to over the past month, things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, sewing and crochet projects, and yummy baking recipes I have come across.
PS Apologies for missing the November instalment of LLMB.
So here’s what has been happening my way lately.
Loving – I’m a bit of a Christmas fanatic so love having my Christmas tree and decorations up. Our Elf on the Shelf, Jinx, is also back and getting up to much mischief around the house. Also, I may have done a little Christmas boogie when I saw egg nog was back in the supermarket on the weekend. So many happy noggy days ahead!
Watching and listening – I’ve been getting my fill of Christmas movies and music since we pulled out all of the Christmas decorations. I have so many favourites but I think my ultimate movie picks would have to be Elf, Christmas Vacation and The Santa Clause. For Christmas albums, I love Michael Buble, John Farnham with Olivia Newton John, and Kelly Clarkson. Or when I can’t make a decision, I turn over to Elf digital radio and let it choose for me – it’s playing right now as I write this!
I’m also impatiently waiting the return of Supernatural on Australian TV. Unless I’ve missed something I don’t think the new season has hit our screens yet, even though it has started in the US. In the meantime, I have discovered Riverdale and Grimm on Netflix so I’ve been trying to catch a few episodes when I can.
Reading – I finished reading Slow by Brooke McAlary which I LOVED! I’m a big fan of the Slow Your Home podcast and it’s kind of like all the best bits of that show have been used to fill this book. I borrowed my copy from the library, but I think I’ll definitely need to buy one for myself. Now I’ve just started reading Wool by Hugh Howey, which I’m hooked on. I’m somewhat of a fan of apocalyptic storylines (The Passage trilogy is my favourite trilogy), so this book is perfect for me.
Baking – I haven’t been baking much lately, life has felt a little crazy and I seem to spend my days preparing for dinner to help make the after school run a little easier on us all rather than baking like I used to. I do need to make a batch of chocolate coconut truffle balls for Miss 2’s end of year break up party at playgroup later in the week though..
Plus, I have been keeping an eye out on Christmas sweets … I’m thinking of using this fudge recipe. I have previously made and tastes delicious, but setting it in a cling wrapped bundt tin or even a round cake pan and using a glass in the middle to create a wreath, and topping with some red and green chocolates.
Also this fruit cake recipe from Create Bake Make looks yummy. I’ve never actually baked a fruit cake but this one doesn’t look all that scary, so I might give it a go.
Making – I finally got around to making a clay keepsake of Miss 2’s hand and foot – you can read all about it here. I’d also like to make a garland for Christmas using all of our family Christmas photos and then adding to it each year. It’s a tradition for us to have a family photo taken with Santa each Christmas, not just the kids but mum and dad too! I hope it’s something we will continue to do even when the kids are much older for a bit of fun.
Discovering – The need for balance. Life has been whirring around me at high speed lately. It’s coming up to that crazy time of year full of dance rehearsals and concerts, birthdays, end of year get togethers, Christmas parties, graduations and more. I find it more important than ever to try to find some kind of balance between the crazy school nights and weekends with some quiet moments to reflect and recalibrate. It’s tricky but worth it.
Until next time x
Today I’m joining Kylie Purtell for IBOT – pop on over and check it out if you’re looking for some great reads.
How are you enjoying the festive season? Have you tried egg nog? What’s your favourite Christmas movie?