If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be December

11 Dec
English: Brass Band, 109th Poynton Show Music ...

English: Brass Band, 109th Poynton Show Music provided by Stockport Silver Band. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Christmas activities are keeping me busy.

The tree was up by December 1st – the first time in my life it has ever gone up so early.  As a child, our tree would go up on Christmas Eve, though I’d managed to get it to a week before the big day by the time I was eighteen (I’m a persistent and successful nag).  Dad and my Little Brother and I would put it up.  Mum never helped.  Too exhausted from all the shopping and cooking and wrapping and entertaining and working two jobs, I guess.

The Hub and I have always put the tree up on December 11th, exactly two weeks before.  It’s enough, we feel.  It gives us time to start speaking to each other after the enormous row over the correct positioning of tinsel (not up some people’s posteriors, as certain spouses insist).  Because of his worsening M.E., the Hub’s help in the last few years has been nominal, an honorary directing role, in which the cast never listen (why change the habits of a lifetime?).  The boys always helped me so I didn’t mind his slacking.

The past two years, it’s been just me.  The boys are too grown up now.  I think you can never be too grown up for Christmas, but I’m not a teenage boy/young working man so what do I know?  However, they’re not too old when it comes to advent calendars and stockings on Christmas Eve.  I emailed Tory Boy (22) to ask him if he was bothered about having an advent calendar.  He replied:

Of course I’m bothered about an advent calendar! I will be expecting one each year until I have kids, when I shall be expecting one for each of us then.

My kid talking about having kids!  I feel old.  When my Mum was alive she would say the same thing when she bought the advent calendars for the boys and me.

As I am starting to feel my age and have to pace myself a little more, I took three days to put up the tree.  It has individual branches so just erecting it takes a couple of hours.  Lights and tinsel go on next; then the ornaments.  It’s a massive job.  In honour of the austerity measures I was quite restrained this year, and left off a lot of tinsel and ornaments.  Not lights, of course: four sets, as usual.


Having the tree up so early led to an unexpected bonus: I have wrapped a lot of the presents already.  No staying up past midnight on Christmas Eve for me this year!

I have started my round of Christmas events.  Last week I learned to sign Away In A Manger and some other carols at a sing and sign event hosted at my church. On Sunday after church I went to my writing group’s Christmas meeting.  We played fun and childish word games.  Lots of laughter was heard.  We had a bring & share lunch which reflected the tastes of each person: vegetable quiche, carrot sticks, grapes, cheese & crackers, and more.  I took crisps, sweets and wine.  

Last night I was at Write Out Loud.  The theme was Christmas, so cue lots of Christmas poems.  Two, at least.

Tonight I will be attending the Stockport Silver Band Christmas Concert at my church.  It’s not Christmas without a brass band.

I plan to attend other events, and even host one of my own: a Christmas film night with some of my friends.  I will provide wine, snacks and Love Actually, through which we will no doubt all talk.  I must get around to inviting them before they get booked up.


43 Responses to “If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be December”

  1. sanstorm December 11, 2012 at 11:27 #

    Lovely tree but I’m so sorry the Hub’s condition hasn’t taken a turn for the better yet. Here’s hoping 2013 is the year it starts to let him go. Miserable thing, M.E.


  2. gigihawaii December 11, 2012 at 11:33 #

    Please invite me to your shindig, and I’ll flap my wings and fly over. Seriously, I am so glad you have the Christmas spirit. It’s wonderful.


  3. vivinfrance December 11, 2012 at 11:34 #

    I’m exhausted just reading this!


  4. misswhiplash December 11, 2012 at 11:43 #

    what a beautiful tree..we are not having one at all this year..in fact no tinsle, no nothing. I am in UK and Nev is not in the least bothered… I do hope that you will have a great time in the next 14 days


  5. sharechair December 11, 2012 at 14:03 #

    Beautiful tree! And lots of activities on your calendar. Be sure to take your vitamins!


  6. mairedubhtx December 11, 2012 at 15:09 #

    It’s a lovely Christmas tree. Being Muslim, I don’t have a Christmas tree (I do have a small tree with some carolers at the base that lights up in a lantern–my conversion has a hard time at Christmas). I make do with my daughter’s tree which is up and also looks lovely. It’s covered in tinsel so that one can barely see the ornaments and lights (we never had tinsel when she was a child and so is making up for it now). I still have my own Advent calendars, though now they’re on my computer. Daughter has given up Advent calendars, as have her daughters. Sad.


  7. laurieanichols December 11, 2012 at 15:16 #

    I love your tree. I wish that there was something to be done for the Hub’s M.E, poor thing and poor you because I know that it pains you as well.You are busy, busy so the time will be speeding fast all the way to Christmas, hang on for the ride!:)


  8. terry1954 December 11, 2012 at 15:18 #

    in the first photo I wondered, where is the snow? then I saw your tree, and I thought, how beautiful, love the blues on it……………we got our first coating of snow over night. brightens up the day but i hate driving in it. have fun at your concert tonight!


  9. Rorybore December 11, 2012 at 15:52 #

    Lovely job!!
    And do I spy a Spongebob decoration at the bottom? Love that. So happy to see a cartoon character, since my own tree is draped in various Disney characters. I can’t wait to have a grown up tree.


  10. Grannymar December 11, 2012 at 16:44 #

    That is a big tree & very colourful. Mine is still in the box and I might leave it there. By the time I finish decorating, I’ll only be fit for bed at Christmas.


  11. judithatwood December 11, 2012 at 16:59 #

    What a lovely, busy schedule for you at Christmas time. Your tree is breathtaking!


  12. slpmartin December 11, 2012 at 17:17 #

    My you’ve put a lot of effort in that tree…afraid I haven’t even started to think about a tree…may avoid the whole thing this year…but I do have a photo of yours. 🙂


  13. adinparadise December 11, 2012 at 17:34 #

    Love the tree. It looks magnificent. Sorry to hear that the hubs isn’t doing well at the moment. I wish him much better health for the New Year. You’ve certainly been such a busy bee, Tilly. I feel dizzy just reading this post. 🙂


  14. Elaine - I used to be indecisive December 11, 2012 at 20:47 #

    That all sounds lovely and festive!


  15. Pseu December 11, 2012 at 22:16 #

    This is restrained?


  16. bluebee December 11, 2012 at 22:17 #

    Lovely tree, Tilly – we don’t put one up, so I enjoy looking at others. Your activities sound like huge fun – the way Christmas should be. Enjoy the ‘me’ time before the onslaught of the next wave- grandchildren 😀


  17. viveka December 11, 2012 at 22:48 #

    Don’t do Christmas Tree myself .. but I love to adore others – yours are great.
    We dress our trees on the 23rd. That is also the day we wrap up all presents – because on the 24th Santa knocks on the door and hands personal out all the gifts.
    I’m sure you had a great evening with friends, Hugh Grant and the wine.


  18. benzeknees December 11, 2012 at 22:48 #

    Tree up? Yes
    Tree decorated? No
    Christmas shopping done? No
    Christmas baking done? No
    Christmas spirit – not anymore.
    Love your tree! Glad you have lots to keep you busy during the festive season.


  19. robincoyle December 12, 2012 at 01:03 #

    Our putting up the Christmas tree scenario never changes. Husband curses while he puts the tree in the stand and hangs the lights. I do all the rest. Nothing say Merry Christmas like four-letter-words! Ho ho ho!


  20. Three Well Beings December 12, 2012 at 08:03 #

    Lovely tree! Love Actually is my favorite Christmas movie…I will be watching it soon. I am going to enjoy it differently this year, knowing that you and your friends are going to enjoy it, too! 🙂 oxo


  21. Janie Jones December 14, 2012 at 13:18 #

    Yeay! The Christmas tree is up!! Your tree looks so full and merry. Is that Spongebob hanging from one of the low branches?

    Happy Christmas to the whole Bud household!!!


  22. eof737 December 16, 2012 at 21:13 #

    Sounds pretty hectic… I might not do a tree this year… the novelty has worn off for my kids… We shall see. Happy Holidays!


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