Merry Christmas To All, And To All A Good Night | Blogmas 2022

25th December 2022

We are reaching the final hour of Christmas here and I can safely say, I did not mess up Christmas Lunch today.

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Let the Last Minute Preparations Begin! | Blogmas 2022

23rd December 2022

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

It’s officially (and very early into) the eve of Christmas Eve and I have nothing prepared.

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Finding Meaning in Christmas after Loss | Blogmas 2022

20th December 2022

I was raised in a very religious household and growing up, Christmas was centred around the birth of Christ. My mum had a beautiful set of nativity ornaments she would bring out each year and every Christmas we were reminded about the story of the Nativity.

Of course, there was also Santa Claus and gift giving and all the fun festivities of the season too. These things remained when religion was no longer practised in our home, and most importantly it was all about celebrating together as a family.

I didn’t realise that certain events would leave me wondering what Christmas means for me now. Whether it was my parents passing away, having a religious void or splitting from family members, the question has been waiting for an answer.

What does Christmas mean to me and what is important to me this season?

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The Ultimate Christmas Movie List | Blogmas 2022

18th December 2022

Christmas is just a week away and if you haven’t felt the Christmas spirit yet, it’s not too late. You can fill your week with the best Christmas and Holiday films to get you in the festive spirit!

I love movies and I love Christmas, so naturally, I am crazy for Christmas movies!

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A Reminder This Christmas | Blogmas 2022

16th December 2022

This year, I am certainly trying to focus on the joy Christmas can bring. It’s been a very tough few years dealing with grief.

You may know that I created this blog after my mum passed away in 2019. My blog is addressed to her and I write for her. My first post was a piece I started writing during our last Christmas together.

It was the most difficult experience I’ve had and most definitely a Christmas that broke my heart. It was surreal and I struggled to truly digest what was happening- what used to be a shared and joyous occasion was heart-wrenching as my mum’s condition deteriorated.

Today, she is all I think about and with every Christmas following my mum’s death, the pain is still there. It’s that reminder that Christmas will never be the same and that it will always be tainted by my loss.

My own experiences of loss and grief has made me truly realise that tragedy happens no matter the season. Lately, this knowledge has felt very real and heavy in my heart.

Recent events have reminded me to take extra care of loved ones and myself this season, especially my grief and mental health. I am reminded to pay closer attention to loved ones and of the gratitude I feel to have them in my life today.

If there’s one thing I have learned so far, it’s that there is healing in the small things we do after our loss, like trying to find joy in Christmas again, but there is so much healing and comfort in keeping our connections.

With Christmas right around the corner and festivities in full swing, I think now is an important time to check in with others and yourself. Whether we are near or far apart, we can celebrate in joy and comfort each other through the difficult things.

These are the times to take a step back from the hustle and bustle, and really hold the people you love, make stronger connections and take thoughtful action.

The best gift is love.

Don’t forget to prioritise your wellbeing and remember what really matters this Christmas.

My Christmas Decorations 2022 | Blogmas 2022

12th December 2022

Last week I finally put some Christmas decorations up. Thank you to my sister for going through my abandoned garage and braving the spiders!

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Family Relationships and Holiday Guilt | Blogmas 2022

4th December 2022

The weekend has come to a close, and for the first time in a long time, it feels like it has flown by.

I babysat my toddler niece lastnight and we also had my teenage niece and nephew stay over. Quite the mix, right? Turns out, I often forget how moody teens can be! They’re also ruthless toward each other and require a constant referee. The bickering and play-fighting between the siblings quickly turned into hardcore insults and tears.

It’s safe to say that I don’t miss being a child with four siblings and even though my sister and I still push each other’s buttons like crazy, I’m glad to be grown up and out of the wrath of three older bullies- aka, brothers.

Nevertheless, we were able to keep the fun alive this weekend, and move past the short-lived quarrels. But it made me think about the issues we have as adults- the family dysfunction and sibling tension, from harmless disagreements to downright toxic personalities.

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20+ Songs From My Christmas Playlist | Blogmas 2022

2nd December 2022

This time last year, I was working at Target, listening to Christmas tunes non-stop during shifts leading up to Christmas. I enjoyed it thoroughly because it was one small way I could enjoy the season.

There is nothing like enjoying a Christmas song or two while decorating, cooking, cleaning, etc! It’s a fun way to add a little Christmas into your day and throughout the month.

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