Perhaps it was a bit too much to think I'd unpack a 3 bedroom house 10 days before Christmas and complete all the shopping and still have time to decorate, bake, entertain, journal, make gifts and scrapbook. I cannot, CANNOT, believe it is 5 days to Christmas and I'm nowhere near ready let alone enjoying the perks of the season.
But I refuse to be unbowed, I shall stave off the disappointing non-Christmassyness by being Christmassy in January. Bar the decorations, I don't see much reason I can't do everything I would otherwise do. I shall have a housewarming party and bake wintery goodness. I shall give out small gifts of snowman soup and sweets when people go back to work. I shall leave the diet until February. I will venture back into the kitchen and make Proper Food. In short I shall have my usual month long burst of Domestic Goddessliness a month later than planned.
Having made that promise to myself, I feel better about having not done much festive. As we are away for Christmas it will all be festive enough come Tuesday even if the advent calendar has been neglected, the gifts not yet wrapped and us still living out of boxes and cleaning the old house (which we are shot of tomorrow Thank God). I do have a couple of gifts left to sort out but I've mostly done the Stuff For Others. I can spend January Pleasing Myself. After all, just because Starbucks puts away the gingerbread syrup doesn't mean I should. I think baking, cooking and scrapbooking wintry goodness might be the way through the dark few months until spring and the promise of sunshine.