Putting up the tree has got to be a highlight of the festive season; it's a really special annual time of the year where you can get the family together, put on some cheesy Christmas music and argue over what decorations should go where on the tree and who has the honor of putting the tree topper on. Oh, and trying to not eat all the festive treats your mum has bought in especially for Christmas day.
I've heard a lot of negativity surrounding Christmas this year and how "expensive everything is this year", but truly, Christmas is what we make of it. While I love spending money on my loved ones, family and friends, I'm a strong believer in the idea that there's no better present than a handmade and thoughtful one. Some of my most treasured possessions are hand crafted or hand me downs, and I think that's safe to say for the majority of us. It's important to remember that Christmas doesn't have to coast an arm and a leg, regardless what age you are. For me, Christmas is about spending time with your loved ones. Gifts or no gifts.
It's a really nice time to reflect on the year, although a few weeks remain left, I find Christmas is the perfect time to really sit down and think about the year, what achievements have been made, what dreams came true and what hopes and resolutions you're considering for the new year. Christmas is the perfect time to think about the past and the future. This year as I put up the Christmas tree I spent a moment thinking about those who I had lost, friends I'd lost contact with, but also the things that made me smile this year. I'll be writing a post dedicated entirely to my achievements and highlights of 2016 within the last few days of the year so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that one.
Let me know what Christmas means to you, and what your fondest festive memory is.