Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thoughts about Christmas // OOTD


Tämä asukokonaisuus tuo jotenkin mieleeni joulun (johtuu varmaan tuosta punaisesta rusetista). Joulusta täytyy sen verran sanoa, etten välitä siitä juurikaan enää. Olin vielä muutama vuosi sitten hössöttäjä joulun perään ja odotin sitä aina kuin kuuta nousevaa ja oman kodin täytyi olla täydellinen koristuksineen kaikkineen, mutta nyt joulun lähestyminen saa vaan niskavillat pystyyn. Joulu on aika paha stressin aiheuttaja.

Jouluruuasta en pidä (kinkut ja laatikot ym. kierrän hyvin kaukaa), ja tunnelma ei koskaan ole niin rauhallinen kuin pitäisi olla. Ei ainakaan oman pääni sisällä. Joulusta on tullut niin kaupallista, enkä pidä sellaisesta. Ei minulla ole mitään toiveita lahjojenkaan suhteen, vaikka niiden antaminen on tietenkin mukavaa - kunhan vain keksii, mitä hankkii kenellekin. "Ajatus on tärkein", kuuluu sanonta, mutta kyllä sitä aikuisiällä haluaa perheelle oikeasti antaa jotain, jolla on merkitystä ja jolle on käyttöä. Itselläni tätä tavaraa alkaa ehkä olla liiaksikin. Ja mistä pidän eniten joulussa? Ehkä eniten joulunvietossa odotan lautapelien pelailua ja kuumaa glögiä. Ja siinä se. 

(Translation: This outfit reminds me of Christmas (probably because of that red bow). I must say, that I don't care about Christmas anymore. I used to be fussing about Christmas already in September and I couldn't wait it, and my home had to be decorated with Christmas junk. Nowadays it just gives me chills. It is one big cause of stress.

I can't stand Christmas food (I really avoid ham and casseroles etc.), and the atmosphere is never as peaceful as it should be. It is so commercial fest and I don't like that. I really don't have any hopes for gifts either, but I do enjoy giving them - if I just figure out what I get and whom. "The idea is the most important", they say, but nowadays as an adult I don't want to give my family something they don't need or doesn't have any meaning. And what I like about Christmas? What I wait most is just to play board games with my siblings and drink mulled wine. And that's about it.)


Minä, Arttu ja kisuni Nelson vietetään tämä joulu minun vanhempien luona. Saa nähdä, miten hermot kestää, koska veikkaan kissan ainakin viihtyvän joulukuusen kimpussa. Onneksi Ara tulee mukaani Nurmekseen, niin joulu on astetta miellyttävämmän tuntuinen juhla. Mukava olisi tosin joskus viettää oikeasti perinteistä joulua meidän sukutilalla maaseudulla.

Jollain tapaa en malta odottaa sitä, että pääsisin järjestämään joulunvieton omaan tapaani. Tietenkin jälkikasvulle suon joulun juhlinnan. Ei minun negatiivinen asenteeni joulua kohtaan ole mikään este viedä lapsilta iloa ja lahjoja, joita he odottavat varmasti eniten. Ainakin itse odotin lapsuudessa, ja joulu tuntui olevan ohi heti, kun lahjat oli avattu :D Joulu ei vain ole itselleni enää tärkeä. Voihan olla, että mielipiteeni muuttuu taas vanhetessa, saa nähdä.

(Me, Arttu and my cat Nelson are spending this Christmas at my parents home. We'll see how my nerves will manage, because I believe that my cat will be crazy about Christmas tree.. I am glad that Arttu is coming with me, so Christmas is just a bit more enjoyable than usual. Even though I have this negativity towards commercial Christmas, I'd love to spend Christmas at our old family estate in the countryside. Traditional and idyllic.

Somehow I can't wait when I have a chance to celebrate Christmas in my own way, but of course giving my future children the joy of Christmas and presents, which they will probably wait the most. At least I did as a child! It felt like the Christmas was over immediately after I had opened all the presents. I just don't want to fuss about it anymore. My attitude might change when I get more older, but right now... It is not important to me.)


4 comments:

  1. Hahahah I'm on the same boat! I never really celebrated Christmas as a child and I don't really see the point of buying presents just because it's Christmas! I feel like if I find something that my family member wants I don't wait until Christmas to buy it for them?! Hahahah but yes I am excited about mulled wine and Christmas markets! Especially since it's my first Christmas in the northern hemisphere - or what the people here call "the proper Christmas"! Hahahah sometimes I want to punch them on the faces - just because we have summer Christmas in Australia and prefer to have a BBQ or go to the beach doesn't mean it's not proper... it's just different!

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  2. Absolutely lovely outfit. That red bow really does give it a festive feel. I can relate to what you mean about how you won't per se feel like you're really happy with Christmas until you get to celebrate it entirely on your own terms. Though I do have some positive childhood memories of that holiday, it was often a day fraught with stress and family drama when I was growing up, so it wasn't until I moved out on my own, that I felt like I could build the sorts of holiday memories and traditions that I really wanted. I enjoy the winter holiday season a great deal more now and try to keep those toxic elements as far away from my home as possible!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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  3. I really love your new hair! ... the outfit is cute too.

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  4. I love Christmas, I always have. But I also used to have enormous stress about it. Untill I realized I was creating all the stress myself. I stopped worrying about cleaning everything and getting this and that done for Christmas. I clean if I can be bothered, we get the food we like the most, just for the two of us. I also stopped worrying about the gifts. We try not to force it. Hubby used to buy heaps of presents for me but I told him I only want one, and it can be anything, even a box of sweeties will do, it doesn't have to be expensive to be appreciated and I don't really want any useless kitschy stuff like glass figurines or plush toys. Sometimes we buy combined gift for both of us. Last year it was Samsung tablet. I don't like the over commercial aspect either, but I do love the Christmas spirit, the songs, the decorations and so on. Handing out gifts is important to me, because I enjoy giving gifts. Often I have also made gifts myself. My mum often gets second hand gift because I know she likes that. It can be hand embroidered table cloth, old Arabia plate or even an old chair that needs re-upholstering.
    Our tradition is to spend the Christmas Eve at my mums in the country side, go to sauna and eat. Very quiet time and almost boring. The next day we come home and make our own christmas meal with christmas crackers and english traditions, watch tv and just relax. It is pretty non-stress Christmas and works for us. I encourage you to start your own Christmas traditions as soon as possible, don't follow the uncomfortable family traditions just out of courtesy, if you don't feel they are what you want. Family should understand that you do what ever you feel most comfortable doing. Even at Christmas. I hope you still get to spend lovely time with your family, even if it's not really your thing right now.

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Yours sincerely,
Sara Kristiina

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