I love the build up to Christmas and I don't find it stressful (even the madness in the supermarkets doesn't bother me too much.) I love choosing, buying and wrapping special gifts for special people. I love cooking and eating delicious food. I also love the permission Christmas gives me to plan and organise all these things. My inner Domestic Goddess, rears her ugly head at the beginning of November and then goes back into hiberation on 6th January.
I try hard not to be smug while all around me are stressing Christmas, but I'm aware I don't always succeed!
However, amid the chaos, Christ is still at the centre of my Christmas and making time to go to church, expecially for the Carol Service and the Christmas Eve Christingle Service, keeps me grounded and helps me focus on what is really important in this season of excess. Other than Carols by Candlelight, I don't recall this being a big part of Christmas when I was a child, but since becoming a Mum I have been a much more regular churchgoer, and I feel strongly that it is important for R and M to recognise the Christian message behind the pile of presents they will open on 25th December.