Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Note To Self


Dear Self,

A few things learnt from this year, that may help you out next year:

You don't need so much food. I know you didn't feel like you were going overboard with the buying and baking, but somehow there seemed to be an awful lot of food. And yes, you were very good at making sure none of it went to waste, but the freezer is now packed full of turkey stroganof and vegetable soup and lentil plait and mince pies and mincemeat cake.... And you still have boxes of biscuits and crackers and chocolates unopened! So don't go mad with the food.


You have some really gorgeous photographs of wintry weather, and some cute digi pictures, too. Why not use some of them to make next year's Christmas cards? Just be organised enough to have a batch printed in time!

It was lovely to have quiet, calm times. Rushing around trying to fit everything in, visit everyone, see everything - it can be fun, sure, but you really enjoyed the quiet times in together. Remember that.

And don't have too fixed an idea in your mind of how you'd like everything to be. Illness and other obstacles can sneak up on you and scupper your plans, and you don't want to feel that Christmas has been spoilt because of a few little details. (To be fair, you didn't - well done, you! - just make sure to keep it that way, OK?)



The carol service was lovely, and you thoroughly enjoyed being part of the choir again. The school service was lovely, especially as The Boy was such a part of it. The Christmas Eve children's carol service was lovely, and it was nice to do the readings with The Doctor and The Girl. And yet - it felt like you could have done more somehow to keep Christ central this Christmas. It didn't help that The Children were both under the weather and so you couldn't go to church on Christmas Day, but that couldn't be helped. Maybe you could have done something together at home as a family - read the Bible together, or watched part of a service in TV? It felt like the run-up to Christmas included plenty of carols and services and opportunities for worship, but as soon as Christmas Day was here, the reason was lost. What could you do differently next year, to avoid that? Something to think about.



Overall, though, Self, don't feel that you have to change too much. We had a lovely Christmas. The little traditions, the special food, the church services, the time together - it was great! So if you pretty much keep doing what you do, next year should be a good Christmas too.

Love from

Me xx

PS You don't need any more wrapping paper - there's plenty left over!

20 comments:

Sian said...

You've been giving this a lot of thought, haven't you?! And there is plenty for us all to think about there too. Hope you are feeling a lot better x

Ruth said...

Brilliant ~ another perfect post!

debs14 said...

Every year, left over wrapping paper goes up in the loft, but it never seems to come down again! Somewhere up above our ceiling is enough wrapping paper to supply Clinton's Cards!
Great sentiments in this post Mel, think we can all associate with something in there.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

:o) I got caught up in reading your letter and thought it was written to ME there for a minute. This is a lovely post, Mel! xo

Cheri said...

beautiful journaling as usual - though I had to laugh at the P.S.

I finished off about 6 rolls of wrap this year, but only bought one new one in the after christmas sales. And I probably still have enough left for 2 or 3 christmases of not buying anything!

Linda said...

What great introspection and thought given. I'm loving that you are continuing to tell your story. These are inspiring posts. Thanks

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I have so much wrapping paper, and I only bought one roll this year so all of it from previous years. I think I may make origami Xmas decorations out of it

Kirsty.a said...

Lovely post Now you just have to remember to read it next December!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Wonderful post today, and I love the clean layout to go with it. I actually needed to buy more gift bags and was happy to find some packages for 50% off yesterday.
I still have to do this prompt. Thanks for the ideas.
Rinda

furrypig said...

Happy New Year Mel! Not been blogging or checking blogs for a couple of weeks at least so have just caught up with your festive fun. We've had tummy bugs in our house so can empathise with the Chrimbo lurgy. I will sort and start blogging soon too. Big hugs xxx

melissa said...

great letter, I can tell a lot of thought went into it :)

Sandra said...

What a lovely post - it's so easy to get caught up with the whole process of Christmas being perfect, we forget the true meaning of the season.

I did laugh at the too much food. I couldn't agree with you more - and as for the wrapping paper, I used mine from the past year, and I still have one roll left LOL.

scrappyjacky said...

Wrapping paper breeds in our roof....alongside the spiders!!

alexa said...

Wonderful way to remember and reflect - love your kindness to yourself as well as the gentle remonstrating ..

mise said...

Ah, now that I know Self is still amply supplied with biscuits and chocolates I don't feel so bad about being slow to boil up a batch of fudge. I'm in the same boat myself.

Scrappi Sandi said...

OK...I think that good advice to all of us....thanks your-self!!

Melissa said...

I really enjoyed reading your letter to yourself, great advice and reflections from this year. Something we have done the past four years on Christmas Day, late in the afternoon after we're all stuffed and all the gifts are opened, is to watch The Nativity Story movie. It is a wonderful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

Fiona said...

Wonderful post - lots of good advice to remember for next year - could have been written for me too! We always go to church on Christmas Day itself which helps us to remember what is special about the day!

Mary B said...

Ditto the wrapping paper, my pile of it grows each year.
I love your posts all of them they have made great reading. Looking forward to your blog in 2011 now.

Rachel B said...

I think we could all learn a thing or two from this post Mel, some lovely reminders :)