I am sure many of you have seen this beautiful book cover doing its rounds on social media this week, yes? Of course you have! Maxine Morrey celebrated the publication day of her latest novel, The Christmas Project, earlier on in the week and I had the pleasure of being on her blog tour.
You can see my review here: Release day frenzy for Maxine Morrey & The Christmas Project! (@Scribbler_Maxi) @HQStories
Seeing as it’s nearly the season to be jolly, as well as the time where food shopping lists are being made (and forgotten) getting prepared for the one day everyone turns into Joey Tribiani with elasticated waist trousers, I just HAD to talk Christmas with Maxine. Well, she did the talking, I just gave her a topic! Is there too much pressure on keeping up with the Jones’ in terms of ‘perfect christmasses’? See what Maxine Morrey said when I asked her to talk about HER perfect Christmas.
Perfect Christmas by Maxine Morrey.
The big thing that always gets tooted loudly around Christmas time is it is ‘a time for family’. And whilst that’s true, I can’t help but feel that this can sometimes be a little bit of a detrimental, and exclusive, point of view. It’s almost as though, unless you’re having a huge family Christmas with at least twenty four people crowded around the table and a turkey the size of Belgium, you’re doing it wrong. But, guess what? You’re not.
What’s important to remember is that Christmas is whatever you want it to be. And however you do it is right – because it’s right for you. My family are scattered across the country, and for the majority of them, across the world, so as much as I’d love to be all together at Christmas, it’s just not the way it is. So instead, I embrace what I have and make a Christmas that is right for me.
That Christmas starts with – eek – a plastic tree! As much as I adore the wonderful pine smell of a real tree, I’m not really up for the hassle of finding a way to get it home and – confession time – I am completely rubbish at decorating Christmas trees! Give me a room, I’m absolutely fine. Give me a tree and it just doesn’t happen. I have tried, believe me. I’d spend hours doing it, usually several times, and then I’d spend the rest of the season looking at it, thinking how sad it was and how much I’d let down that poor tree after it had held such high hopes of being the belle of the bauble. The time eventually came for action and when it did, it came in the form of a 6 foot fibre optic pre lit tree. Now it comes out, it gets plugged in, twinkles adorably and ta-dah! Done. And neither the tree, nor I, are sad. Perfect!
When the poor little plastic tree went for donation, so did the inherited, mismatched assortment of decorations we had. It was time to start again completely. There aren’t many other decorations that go up – it’s not Santa’s Grotto by any means – but those and some tinsel, and it’s just right for my aesthetic. And the key thing is that I love each one of those decorations. Each item now represents a special memory.
There aren’t a lot of traditions in our house – apart from getting the Christmas Issue Radio Times (obviously that’s non negotiable for any Brit). But apart from that, the season is very much ‘take it as it comes’. That’s now our tradition. Feeling under pressure to ‘have’ to do something seems to go against the idea that this is supposed to be a season of joy. In fact, pressure to have The Perfect Christmas with a capital P seems to have gained more and more traction with every year. And where is the joy in that? From observation and experience, it seems that this often involves a lot more stress and a lot less joy than should rightly be involved.
So this year, take it easy. Do what you feel – not what you feel is expected, or what television adverts and magazines suggest is the ‘right’ way. Spend time with those you love, or spend time on your own. Neither is wrong. Neither is right. Just do what makes you happy, and have a very, merry Christmas.
Ahhhh, the Christmas Radio Times issue! How many of you were nodding along in agreement as you read that? Every year us Brits buy a copy just to circle or star programs that we ‘totally must watch’, only to forget that they’re on and be reminded when we tidy up the Christmas decorations in the New Year. Not that I’m speaking from experience of course. Cough. Maxine has a lot of valid points in her post; what does YOUR perfect Christmas consist of? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you again to Maxine for joining me on my blog today! To buy links are below, so make sure you check out Maxine’s latest book, you will NOT be disappointed!