The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

Everyone has their idea of a perfect Christmas. For me, my Christmases have been the same for years, however, this year Christmas will be completely different. I knew that moving out of my family home would change my life, but I didn’t realise until now that my traditions would change along with it.

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

For years Christmas Eve has been dedicated to pampering myself – a bubble bath and brand new jim jams – and helping my mam. While my dad was chilling on the sofa, or at the pub, and my sister was at work, my mam and I would have far too much fizz, indulge in festive nibbles and somewhere in between prepare all the veggies for the roast dinner. It even brings a smile to my face just thinking about all the laughs we had trying to cook while just a tad drunk.

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

Since this is the first year that Corey and I have lived together we have no idea what makes our perfect Christmas. In fact, we have absolutely no traditions together when it comes to this holiday. For us, Christmas time is family time and we don’t normally see each other until 8pm/9pm on Christmas day. Last year, we didn’t even open our presents off one another until 11:30pm, right before we went to bed!

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

To go from spending the majority of our time with family and each having our own traditions to absolutely nothing is quite stressful for me. All I want is for us to have the perfect first Christmas, but it’s hard to live up to something that you’ve never had before.

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

At the moment I feel like nothing is going quite right. I failed at making the house look and feel festive because the house is still in ‘decoration’ mode so we’ve only put up a tree and a Laura Ashley Christmas reed diffuser. Our real tree is already starting to droop since we got it far too early and I’ve had to decorate it twice now as the fur babies thought the fairy lights were dental floss.

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

We still have zero plans for Christmas Eve; Corey believes that we should have a HUGE Chinese takeaway and open one present, where I’m thinking more along the lines of nibbles, drinks and exchanging new jim jams. It’s safe to say that we haven’t come up with a compromise yet.

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

Now, don’t even get me started on Christmas Day because I have no idea what’s happening. I thought I’d just be going back to the family home for dinner, but my mam and dad are in the process of moving too, so Christmas could actually be at my house yet. This is another thing I’m so not mentally prepared for, baring in mind I don’t even have a dining room table. Basically I’ve never made a Sunday dinner before, nevermind a full-on Christmas dinner (I nail Pasta Bake though) and I just know if it’s left to me dinner will be ruined.

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

As you can see, I’ve been putting an obscene amount of pressure on myself to try and live up to this idea of a perfect Christmas and all I’ve done is stress myself out. I mean, what even is a perfect Christmas? I’ve decided in the few days running up to it, I’m going to stop overthinking and planning and I’ve just going to go with the flow. I’m going to put all my worries and problems in the ‘fuck it’ bucket and just enjoy it. Let’s be honest, as long as I’m with my nearest and dearest eating Turkey while sitting on the living room floor, at least I’ll be with the people who matter most, and that’s what Christmas is about, right?

The Pressure Of Having The Perfect Christmas

What’s your idea of a perfect Christmas? Have you been stressing yourself out like me?

Sarah Jayne x

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  1. candice
    December 20, 2017 / 8:44 am

    My perfect Christmas is spending it with my pets and my fiance just having a good old bbq, it’s summer where I live so perfect weather for one.


    • December 21, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      WOW a bbq?! How amazing! Hope you have a lovely Christmas babe! xxx

  2. December 20, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Eeee Sarah I can’t believe you’ve never made a Sunday Dinner! You need to get on it! My advice would be not to worry or stress and things will just fall into place. You won’t get it right the first few years and there will be compromises but eventually yous will work out traditions that work for you both.

    Saying that, we’re doing things completely different this year and just focussing on the word FUN – we’re having a hot tub party with the kids under the stars on Christmas Eve this year which is something we’ve never done (hopefully it will wear them out).

    Whatever you decide, just make sure you’re happy and Merry Christmas xx

    • December 21, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you Sam, I think I needed to hear that! I know it’ll take a few years to perfect it, but we’ll get there. Hope you have the most amazing Christmas! It sounds like so much FUN!


  3. December 21, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    Christmas is never the same once you’ve moved out. Ours is different every year – one year we’ll be in Norwich, the next we’ll be hosting Simon’s Mum. It usually turns into a crazy road trip where we have to drive all over the country in a few days! Sometimes I really miss the nice simple Christmas traditions with my family at home but things have moved on! I hope that one day Simon and I will start a family and then we can make some lovely new traditions!

    • December 21, 2017 / 11:43 pm

      You always have a lovely Christmas! Yeah I guess we need to start making our own traditions and I think this year will be a learning curve, and it’ll take a few years to perfect things, but we’ll get there. Hope you and Simon have a lovely festive time! xxx

  4. Danni
    December 24, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Sounds like you have the right idea. Just relax and see what happens. Christmas is all about being with your family, which I’m sure you will be. Also Christmas Eve tradition will be what it will be! :) xo

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