Isablog #19 – The Last One Before Christmas

Well, this time next week, as you’re probably very well aware, it will be Christmas Eve. And as such, I won’t be blogging. I try not to allow this blog to impact on my family time as much as I can; of course, it can’t fully be avoided. If I want to run this blog, which I very much do, I have to find time to write. But doing it on Christmas Eve is where I draw the line.

I will also say that this will be my last post on this website. That doesn’t mean I’m closing down Isablog, far from it, but it does mean I’m moving to a new host, and I’m currently in the process of making an entirely new website. This means I have to copy and paste and move everything over to the new one. With around 60 posts, it can take some time. But I feel like it’s time for something much more efficient and overall, just a lot better. I’ll keep you posted via the usual social links, so don’t worry about that. I know you really want to see behind the curtain, so I’m just keeping you updated.

Well, everything you just read was from the old website, as you might be able to guess, so ignore all that. I could just delete it, but I like having it there as a reminder of the fact I used to have a different website. Not that anyone cares. Here’s Isabelle with a bauble instead:

Christmas Isabelle
Looking rather naughty

So, Christmas?

Yes, onto Christmas. So this will be our first Christmas with Isabelle, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. I’m kind of looking forward to it, but at the same time, it’s just going to be another day for Isabelle. She’ll be 8 months old (just) by the time Christmas actually arrives and as such, she isn’t exactly going to care that Santa has been. She’s just going to wonder why the hell we look so excited and why things are wrapped in colourful paper and have randomly appeared under the tree. I have no doubt that she’s just going to chew the paper, and ever so slowly accidentally unwrap them all.

We haven’t gone over board with presents for her, either. I don’t really want to get into bad habits before we even start. We’ve basically got her things that we would’ve gotten her anyway and have simply just wrapped them. And in the long term, I don’t want Isabelle to be someone who just wants every present she can think of, but I dare say we’ll have that problem at some point, and we’ll deal with when it arrives.

Whilst on the topic of presents, we’ve also decided not to do presents this year for the rest of our family. Sorry everyone, but there’s a few reasons for this, but it mostly comes down to the fact that the vast majority of presents for adults are pointless. I don’t really want anything, and if I do, I just buy it myself. And I feel quite similarly when it comes to other people. You don’t really need a candle and some chocolate, so I’d rather not waste money on it. I would much rather pump money into a post-Thanksgiving buffet and then Christmas dinner itself. Spending money on family time, instead of materialism is a much better use of a person’s money.

Not only that, but we now have Isabelle, and our priorities have now changed. Even last year me and Rachel only really bought baby related presents ready for Isabelle. So this year, we’ve done the same, and haven’t even bought each other anything.

I’ll also be handling Christmas dinner this year, which isn’t even going to be my first time doing it. But it does mean some of my time is going to be tied up prepping and cooking three courses for eight people. I usually like to go over the top, and whilst I have quite a few ideas about what to do, none of which include a prawn cocktail, I’m going to try and keep things simple and not over exert myself. If it was any other time, I’d do it, but not for Christmas.

Well, I Guess That’s It

That’s all for now., and that pretty much wraps up 2017. I may do a review of the year sort of post some time after Christmas, but we’ll see.

Anyway, I’ll catch you again, enjoy your time with your family in whatever way that means to you, and just embrace the time whilst you have it.

Thank you for supporting the blog so far, and I hope I can keep improving on this and get better. I appreciate any support you’ve shown since the blog has started, whether this is your first visit, or you’re 12th, I’m glad that you’ve at least given it a chance. Thanks to everyone, and have a great Christmas from all of us here at Isablog:

Merry Christmas

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