Jump to content

Christmas for me, the older I get....


  • Please log in to reply
42 replies to this topic

#1 Frannie

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:14 PM

...becomes so much more unbearably exciting! It's only November 15th and I can't wait to get everything out. I've even been out to the garage to eye off the boxes of "stuff" and try and remember what's in them without looking. I MUST make myself wait 'til 1st December, but I swear, the older I get the harder it is!

Is my sub-conscious just caving to all the subliminal commercial messages we're bombarded with from end of October, or am I really just getting more and more Christmassy Kitsch the older I get.

I simply cannot wait for the 24 days (and the rest  biggrin.gif ) of my Christmas to start. You?

#2 Sancti-mummy

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

I am the opposite - finding it vey hard to muster any enthusiasm - I am lucky to be married to and mother to some who are very into Christmas and will get me amped up in the 25 days in December we allocate to it but = meh, bah.

#3 *Lib*

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:24 PM

The older I get the happier I'd be with a lunch out, or a night in a hotel or just a day at home. No running around, no tree.....just a lazy day!

#4 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:24 PM

I'm feeling the same way! I pulled out some of the tree decorations last weekend to have a bit of a look at what I have and was very, very tempted to put up the tree. Luckily I'm very busy this weekend or I'd probably cave in and put it up. It's going up next weekend though- I can't wait.

I'm putting my increasing enthusiasm down to having to having young children and wanting to share my love of Christmas with them.

#5 SeaPrincess

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:25 PM

I love Christmas, especially with children.  But we have a December birthday, so the only thing we'll have out before then is the advent calendar.

#6 Bella_a1

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:27 PM

I'm the same so much I put my Christmas tree up on the weekend with the kids  blush.gif

I won't put any lights up outside though as I don't want to let the rest of the neighbourhood know of my impatience, lol.

#7 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:28 PM

QUOTE (Frannie @ 15/11/2012, 11:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
...becomes so much more unbearably exciting! It's only November 15th and I can't wait to get everything out. I've even been out to the garage to eye off the boxes of "stuff" and try and remember what's in them without looking. I MUST make myself wait 'til 1st December, but I swear, the older I get the harder it is!

Is my sub-conscious just caving to all the subliminal commercial messages we're bombarded with from end of October, or am I really just getting more and more Christmassy Kitsch the older I get.

I simply cannot wait for the 24 days (and the rest  biggrin.gif ) of my Christmas to start. You?


Still love Christmas and all the hoo-ha that goes with it - the food, the presents, the decorations. Even though ours are teenagers we still go silly over Christmas and seem to get worse every year.

#8 WYSIWYG

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:30 PM

The child in me is very much like you.
The sense in me just reminds me that it never turns out to be as exciting as I always hope it would be. Probably my bah-humbug DF and lack of family.

#9 Sallystwo

Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:53 AM

Yes I hear you ...  I am getting very excited.  Roll on 1st Dec

#10 cinnabubble

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:21 AM

Roll on December 26.

#11 jai*

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:23 AM

Maybe it's different when you have kids, but Christmas is generally a very lonely (emotionally) time for me.

#12 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:30 AM

I'm excited too.   Ive even bought DS the Santa nappies but am NOT opening them until December.  

Jai I'm sorry.   I did IVF for 2 years and Christmas was a difficult time for me.

#13 SaintJoe

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:33 AM

We put up our tree pageant day (last weekend)

It's a SA tradition to do it then. Maybe pretend you are following our ways  wink.gif wink.gif

#14 strawberrycakes

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:36 AM

I am excited but as my DD's birthdau is in December I don't like to put the tree up until after so the two are completlety seperate iykwm.

#15 Ianthe

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:41 AM

I am excited too. I will put the tree up December 1st because we are buying a real tree this year.

I really struggled through Christmas for a number of years once my parents divorced but I really have my Christmas mojo back.

My favourite parts

Carols at church all through December
Gingerbread House night at church
Advent calenders (haven't found a Lego one this year sad.gif )
Presents
Roast dinner
Trifle
Seeing my family on Boxing Day



#16 No girls here

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:44 AM

I LOVE Christmas.  I have presents wrapped and a couple of lights outside.  The tree is going up next week.

Personally I don't mind that shops have stuff out super early.  I love the Christmas season and am happy to extend it as long as possible.

#17 TopsyTurvy

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:45 AM

Arrrgghhhh!  The waiting is killing me I tell you!! biggrin.gif

I have bought some new decorations for our new house and we have a fireplace with mantel.  I have some lovely garlands and new stockings to put up and I want to do it now!!

Edit for premature postification!

Edited by TopsyTurvy, 16 November 2012 - 06:47 AM.


#18 No girls here

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:47 AM

QUOTE (Ianthe @ 16/11/2012, 07:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Advent calenders (haven't found a Lego one this year sad.gif )


Not sure how long postage takes but you can order them from the lego site
http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/LEGO-City-Advent-Calendar-4428
http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/LEGO-Star-Wars-...t-Calendar-9509

#19 fruitbat72

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:59 AM

I am already stressing as to where the money for presents is going to come from - DF and I are getting married next week and every spare cent is going towards the wedding.

I am intending to make a glazed ham this year as DF LOVES ham - I confess to being a bit nervous about this

I do love Xmas but find it very stressful when the kids gets grasping and ungrateful.

#20 HeroOfCanton

Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:59 AM

Bah humbug!
Every year I get excited & then spend December running around madly trying to finish things up. Then by the 25tg I'm exhausted, but still have an over-stimulated, over-tired toddler to deal with.
We've got all but 3 gifts, and they'll be here soon so I don't have to do anything but wrap them.

#21 Frannie

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:04 AM

QUOTE (TopsyTurvy @ 16/11/2012, 07:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Arrrgghhhh!  The waiting is killing me I tell you!! biggrin.gif

I have bought some new decorations for our new house and we have a fireplace with mantel.  I have some lovely garlands and new stockings to put up and I want to do it now!!

Edit for premature postification!


Oh, to have a mantelpiece over a fire for Christmas! One of my little fantasies is to take the kids to New York for a white Christmas. Probably not as spectacular IRL as in my fantasies, though.

Jai* I'm sorry this is a lonely time for you. Is it the IVF, or lack of family or tradition? I understand Christmas is a very lonely time for a whole lot of people.

I think it's about making new traditions with my kids as they get older. They've started to appreciate the traditions that we've created together - like decorating the tree on the first weekend of December, with Christmas music on, scorched almonds and Christmas m n m's on the table in our special Christmas bowls, drinking bubbles; Carols by Candlelight with tasty treats and a drive to find the best lights; Christmas Eve mass at school, outside with lots of friends; drinking hot chocolate out of our special Christmas mugs at night leading up to Christmas Eve; Christmas drinks with friends and family wearing our Christmas t-shirts and matching earrings  biggrin.gif

I need  relish these days as the girls are fast becoming tweens and will soon not want to participate as willingly as now.

Bring it on!


#22 Coffeegirl

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:07 AM

QUOTE (*Lib* @ 15/11/2012, 11:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The older I get the happier I'd be with a lunch out, or a night in a hotel or just a day at home. No running around, no tree.....just a lazy day!


^^^^

I think I'm just over the hype.  I've been pelted with Christmas carols at my local shopping centre for 2 weeks already.  Not sure how I'm going to handle another 5-6 weeks.  


I used to love Christmas. But have struggled and slowly lost more of my Christmas mojo since I moved to Australia.   It's not Australia's fault!!!!!  It just feels weird without the cold and snow.  And this is after 21 years here.

#23 LookMumNoHands

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:10 AM

I'm hoping some of the enthusiasm in this thread will rub off on me. I need it this year!

#24 lozoodle

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:10 AM

Oh me too! I'm so keen to get all the decorations etc out. DD1 especially is so into it at the moment, its really exciting just to try and see it from her perspective. And I do love to shop original.gif

#25 corbel

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:13 AM

The last two Christmases have been less than special and my enthusiasm waned significantly, so I am determined to bring out all the bells and whistles this year and make it a little magical again. I was thinking about putting up the tree on the weekend but felt a bit silly, I thought I would starting breaking out the decorations for around the house today and gradually build up from there. All of my present shopping is done and have have no commitments this year so I am looking forward to being able to sit back and enjoy, or bounce up and down with the kids and enjoy really.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

Let's celebrate 300,000 fans on Facebook

To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.