It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…. said Holly and Teddy!
Yes folks. It is that time of the year again. The season to be jolly and all that yuletide stuff.
Today we put up the tree and decorated it with festive baubles and garland that we usually store in the shed. We haven’t bought decorations or a new tree for about 10 years, as the old ones do us fine.
We also don’t believe in cutting down a perfectly good tree just for a few weeks of the year. Most real christmas trees are thrown away in the new year to landfill, which is quite a shame. Not only are they cut which prevents them from sequestering carbon dioxide, they also turn into methane when rotting in landfill. Not a very pretty part of christmas as far as I am concerned.
All of our christmas lighting is LED, which is very low wattage. I worked out that our tree lights take 11 watts to run, which is about the same as a single CFL bulb. Very energy efficient. Also, I am not one to string up thousands of lights all over the outside of my house, just to light up the street and watch my electricity meter spin out of control. Imagine how much coal is being burnt to light up all those homes here in Victoria. Such excess.
Another cool thing that we do each year is make our own christmas cards. Kim has been very busy upcycling old christmas cards and making new ones out of them. Each year she keeps all the cards that were sent to us and puts them away for the next season. Then in a mad frenzy about two weeks before Christmas Day, she gets out bits of old plain card, fabric, glitter pens, and all sorts of crafty stuff, then gets to work.
It is a bit like Santa’s workshop when she gets her card mojo on.
Here is a sample of her handy work. I think they are brilliant creations, and much better than the expensive ones that you can buy. Besides, they are all made with love.
Hopefully none of the recipients are reading, but if you are, sorry if I spoiled the surprise. The cards are on their way, so you will have them soon.
Anyway, other than the tree, lights, and a few decorations around our home, it looks quite normal around here. Lots of activities like gardening, writing, brewing, and cleaning taking place, with the odd barbeque lunch and swim thrown in as well. I am take a couple of weeks annual leave starting on Thursday afternoon. Yippee!
We are looking forward to a quiet christmas, as it will be just Kim, Ben, me, and the dogs. All the older kids are off doing their own thing this year. We will miss them dearly.
For christmas dinner, we are cooking an organic free range chicken with sage stuffing, and vegetables from the garden. Roasted potatoes, onions, and carrots with steamed, silverbeet, cabbage, and broad beans. Oh, and maybe a few yorkshire puddings as well with homemade gravy. Delicious home grown and cooks food, all washed down with lots of home brewed beer! Any leftovers will be consumed cold on Boxing day, as is the tradition.
So dear reader, I know that I am a week and a bit early, but I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas!
May it be one where spending is well under control, and consumption is not excessive, and the 3R’s are king. Recycle all that you can, and enjoy the company of those that you are with.
Gavin, Kim, and Ben xxx