Starting the festive season off badly



December did not start on a good note for me. My partner was ill, so we missed his work Christmas do, then I caught whatever he had, and it knocked me out for a few days. Then, our boiler decided to call it quits, so we had no hot water for the weekend.

As they say, when it rains, it pours.

So, it’s safe to say I started the festive season out poorly.

The first day was productive, at least, but it went downhill from there; not even some cheesy Christmas movies on Netflix perked my spirits. I felt awful because blogging slipped through the cracks, and all the Christmas blog posts in my drafts started gathering metaphorical dust. Not to mention the laundry piled up, and only half the Christmas decorations were up!

Negative mindset

The main issue after everything went wrong was that I was stuck in a negative mindset. I felt like I couldn’t make up for the time I lost, which meant I wasted time dwelling on that.

I wanted to start December off on a high note, but when that didn’t happen, it felt like I couldn’t possibly catch up.

How I revived that Christmas feeling

While the first six days of December went badly for me, I needed to remember that sometimes things don’t go the way you planned, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn things around and have fun.

When I felt better, I decided to visually lift my Christmas spirits and finish putting up the Christmas decorations. After the decorations were up, it meant I could relax on the couch, surrounded by my twinkly fairy lights and singing Christmas ornaments.  

A pleasant and clean environment, with Christmas decorations adorning the walls and surfaces, made me happy. My partner and I also decided to watch some Christmas films on Netflix while enjoying some chocolate Heros. 


My hobbies get pushed aside when life goes wrong, as work takes priority and the bills need to be paid. But it can be hard to get into the swing of things.

I pushed that little, condescending voice down that was belittling my blogging efforts and jumped right back into commenting and writing. I don’t need to be perfect or have a fixed plan (even though I do like having one) written out before I start doing something I love, which is what I need to remember.

I will be taking a casual approach to blogging for December, as I want to make the most out of the festivities. I have some blog posts scheduled, so you have those to look forward to, along with some blogging tags some fantastic bloggers have tagged me in, which I’m excited about writing.

I’m also attending a Christmas illuminated trail on the 11th of December, which I can’t wait to write about! The blog posts I do have scheduled are more upbeat and festive than this one; I promise and revolve around Christmas activities and funny mishaps! Along with a half-completed post (so far) about how my family is doing Christmas slightly different this year.


I wanted to write this post, as it can feel like everyone is having fun during the festive season. For me, at least, I have felt isolated before when I’ve felt sad around Christmas – like I was doing something wrong, and I should be happy.

That isn’t always the case. It isn’t all gingerbread men and candy canes, and that’s okay. We all have moments where we struggle, which doesn’t exclude Christmas.

I do, however, hope you have had a better start to your December than me!

As always, I’ll end with a question.

If you are, let me know in the comments, as I need some festive content to lift my spirits, as you can tell.

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  1. Sorry to hear your month didn’t start out well. Hope the rest of the month goes better for you!

    Yes, I’m participating in Blogmas. I find it a nice change of pace from what I usually write. I started planning and writing early (it’s the only way I’d be able to do it), and have most of my content written and about half of it scheduled. I still have a few more posts to write, though.

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    1. The rest of the month has been better than the start, thankfully!

      Congratulations on participating in Blogmas! I loved the challenge last year but didn’t have enough time this time around.

      I hope you are having a lovely December. 🎁🎄

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  2. I’m sorry your Christmas season started badly and I hope you both feel better now. We have experienced a similar situation with flooding the past several weeks and are awaiting the City to come in and fix the problem on their end so I’ve had the same feelings as you have had with lack of Christmas spirit (normally I love the season). Thanks for sharing your tips and will try some new things to try and get out of this funk.

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    1. Feeling 100% better now, thank you. That is awful; I do hope the City has fixed the issue so you can get into the Christmas spirit. 💜

      I hope your December has improved since this comment! 🎄🎁


  3. Sorry to read you were both unwell, we’ve been unwell too and it’s knocked us out flat. I hope you have a lovely time on the trail. I’m not doing Blogmas, maybe next year 🙂 xx

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    1. I hope you are feeling better now! The trail was amazing and certainly improved my Christmas spirit.

      I think doing Blogmas once was enough for me. Glad I didn’t do it this year, as I feel like I have no time.

      I hope you are having a lovely December. 😊


    1. I am happy it’s turned around now! Christmas decorations and baking helped.

      I didn’t do Blogmas either, and I am glad I didn’t, as it feels like I have no time this year. 😊 I hope you are having a lovely December.


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