"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more."
The Grinch by Dr Suess
Despite spending my childhood growing up in New Zealand, I am not sure I will ever get used to having Christmas in the middle of summer - it feels oddly decadent - like we get to have our cake and eat it too! I do miss the snowy winters I experienced in the US and the cosy, wet ones in England, but I really can't complain right now because the sun is shinning and the garden is all in bloom - bliss!
|My wildflower meadow in the back garden - a bit scruffy but oh so lovely!|
Today I am busy playing Christmas carols and wrapping up the gifts I bought which need to be posted overseas to loved ones in England and America. This year I was determined to buy as many hand-made or NZ designed gifts as possible and I found some real treausres:
A gorgeous hand-made monkey for a darling little niece...
A pretty bag for a sister-in-law who adores anything that is green, floral or vintage...
A whimsical, pretty pot-mit and matching tea towel for a dear friend...
I'd better not post anymore of the pressies on here - people might be peeking!
For me (and many others on the planet) I can find this time of year to be a bit nerve wracking. There is always so much going on! So I am making sure I take some time out when I can just to focus on the simple joys in life and realise that this time of year is not about 'keeping up with the Jones's'. I love pottering around in the garden and have just planted some lovely young salad veggies, which I am hoping will be ready to eat by Xmas: