It's hard to know how to feel about Christmas this year, isn't it?
I love Christmas - I'm one of those people who still feel the magic of Christmas even though my children are all adults now!
But this year? I'm not so sure.
I'm still working my way through my Christmas 2020 Planner (which is still available in my Etsy Shop linked below - reduced!) because it gives me a sense of normality. Although, knowing that neither set of grandparents will be able to join us, even if we go back to the rule of 6, because there are 5 of us, has put a damper on things.
But, as you know by now, routine has seen me through many an uncertain time, and so I'm falling back on routine to see me through again!
My Planner actually starts in September!! I know - I told you I was keen!! You can start it at any time though. At the start of each month I get it out and read what is planned for that month. September and October are pretty general but By November the planner is broken down into weekly sections. For example - one of the tasks was to book your online Christmas shop - however after looking online this can't be done - at Tesco - at least until they open their priority slots next week. I won't be having a delivery as I think there will be people in situations that definitely need this service more than us this year, but I am passing this information on to some people who may well want to make sure they can get a delivery at that time.
It is also time to look at present lists. As a lot will be online purchases, it would be well to start buying early I think. We are also being encouraged to shop local. Maybe this is the year we try to cut down on excessive spending and get back to a simpler Christmas season?
On my Facebook page (linked below) I am going to start putting weekly prompts to help us move towards Christmas, so that we are not overwhelmed at the last minute.
Until we have some indication how Christmas is going to work, I think we just need something to focus on and help us get through the winter.