Tuesday, 6 December 2011
A Christmas musing
I've been thinking today (inspired partly by Mooncalf Makes' blog post on a similar topic) about the pressure we put ourselves under in the run-up to Christmas. It does seem a bit bizarre. A few years ago I bought a magazine with the usual 'how to survive christmas - eight million simple tips for your best Christmas ever!!!!' article. It included instructions on how to decorate the back of your dining-chairs with a 'simple but chic' (no doubt) arrangement of something like white ribbons and mistletoe. I was impressed that in half a page they'd managed to create a wholly new way to make people feel inadequate at Christmas.
I don't do chic at Christmas - or at any other time really. Christmas is chaotic and colourful and I do not decorate my chairs, at Christmas or ever. I can just imagine the reactions of the kids and the cats! There are times when I would love simple classy white lights and decorations of course - serene and tranquil. But even pre-kids that never happened...