I don't want them to grow up too quickly and miss what being young and carefree is all about.
I want them to enjoy it all. But being their mom, I want to be part of their enjoyment too...So far so good.
My other children- the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Well, it is October After All

Don't panic, but it's October which means that society will now throw the holiday season in our face. 

 Extravaganza Christmas shopping flyers will fall through your letter box to entice you to go to old converted Essex or Suffolk barns to spend your money on fabulous knitted bits and luxury all natural pieces. You will be lulled into thinking about presents for sister and brothers that you don't normally buy for. Organic hams, nettle covered cheeses and plum spice chutneys will make up the perfect Christmas hamper for great Aunt So and So. You throw your parking meter coins into the beautiful cut glass jar that will help restore the kneeling cushions in the parish church. The supermarkets advertise giant tins of chocolates that nobody really needs but everybody really wants. You can start stocking up now on 3 for 2 bottles of bubbly for the holiday parties. And quietly, the garden centers are displaying singing penguins families that light up in your garden, making your electricity meter spin madly until January. 

I am adding to it. I am part of that society. I help decorate a Christmas shop and yes, I started in August (it takes a long time to do it right).

 I also help run an on line Christmas shop and finished doing photos last month to brighten things up for the season. The thing is though, I don't see it as Christmas stuff anymore. It is just stuff that happens to sell really well for Christmas. I don't mind the flyers and church fairs. I laugh at the big boxes of chocolates. And really, who doesn't need an extra bottle of bubbly in the fridge no matter the time of year. 

What is strange though is that it is 85 degrees in Essex and it is October. So really, it is hard to get my head around the decorating when I have to do it in   't' shirt and shorts.


  1. I'm with you. I love Christmas and don't mind looking forward to it once we're into Autumn but I can't really engage with it now, while we've got a mini heatwave going on!!

  2. It was 85 degrees here too and we were on the beach down in South Wales. I appreciate Christmas has to be planned for but I wish shops would hold back until after Hallowe'een. Marks were selling chocolate Santas the other day and we weren't even out of September.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. As for Theo's sweater I can't really be very helpful as it was bought as a present by a circus artiste in (of all places for Nordic sweaters) Granada in 2009, when he was born. Even now it is still a little too big for him. It's a lovely sweater though.

  3. I still wish the Christmas shop were in the big barn--it was so much fun walking through all the displays...

    But you;re right, it's crazy thinking about Christmas when it was so warm! At least now the weather is a bit more autumnal.

    Still looking forward to a coffee one day...!