We did it! We finally made it to December 2019, and happy first day of blogmas to each and every one of you! Today’s the day the tree goes up, and I officially enter my true Christmas mode.
“What is Blogmas?” I hear some of you asking. Well, the most common way to explain it is when bloggers post every day from December 1st until the 25th December. Some people do the 12 Days of Christmas, either every day or every other day, from the first of December, and then you’ve got the crazy ones like me who will be aiming to post every day of the month, taking us right up to 1st January 2020 – officially a new month, new year and new decade! Actually, looking at my blogging schedule, today marks the start of 33 consecutive days of posting for me… I think we may need a lot of coffee to stay on track with this! But yes, welcome to the first day of Blogmas and the first day of my 33 days of posting.
November has well and truly finished now – the Christmas decoration boxes sitting in the hall outside my bedroom confirms that – but we can’t start a new month without reflecting on all we did the month before, can we?
So as you may remember from my post, November 2019, the last 31 days were rather busy…
We started the month with a quieter day in work, and a Saturday spent in St George’s Market. I then spent the Sunday working on my Open University assignment, a few pre-written blogmas posts, and practising guitar for what seemed like the first time in a year. The following week saw me have a shorter working week, followed by a trip to Scotland to catch up with some friends and spend the weekend with Rachel in Inverness (which you can find details of here). Another working week was cut slightly short, with Mum and Dad over visiting Rachel and me having a half day at work. I spent the Friday lunch and afternoon with Granny, Saturday lunch and afternoon with her again, and then the rest of the weekend getting through some Christmas shopping, a bit of baking, blogging and guitar. A busy weekend if I do say so myself! The next week was more “normal”, with a full working week, ________
And now that we’re into December, it’s certainly not going to be slowing down any time soon! As I said earlier, we’re decorating the house today. Tuesday is my granny’s birthday, so…. Then that Friday night is our Work Christmas Party night, and 2 of our agents from the mainland are coming across for it! I’m actually really excited to meet them, which maybe sounds daft, but I’ve now almost been working there for 2 years and this will be the first time I meet the agents face to face. The following weekend I’m taking Granny to see the Ulster Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir perform Handel’s Messiah – it’s her birthday present from me this year. So we’ll probably go for dinner somewhere nearby first, and then the current plan is for me to stay at her house afterwards. Who knows, old light through a new window, I might even go to church the next morning! I’m trying really hard this year to reinstate that Christmas feeling that I seem to have lost over the last couple of years. Then we’re into the new week, and with it comes Mum’s birthday. Thursday that week then sees me back at the Waterfront Hall, this time to see The Magic of Christmas – West End star Sophie-Louise Dann, Alex Gaumond, the Belfast Philharmonic Choir and the Ulster Orchestra are putting on a night of Christmas music to really get you feeling festive. I can’t wait! Finally, on the Saturday night, the 4 of us are going to see Driving Home For Christmas at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast – the last of the pre-Christmas shows. The first time we went to a Christmas show at The Lyric, it was “What The Donkey Saw” and we loved it! So when I read about Driving Home For Christmas, I just had to get us tickets to it. Then it’s actual Christmas week, and let’s just say that will be busy enough in its own way, even if there’s not actually much happening.
So now that you’ve been brought up to speed, let’s take a look back at last months’ goals!
- Continue to my blogging schedule
Well I managed to miss a week. But I’m going to get too hung up on that. It happens. Especially when you’re working on drafting as many Blogmas posts as possible in advance.
- Start drafting my blogmas posts
I’m not sorry to say that yes – I have pre scheduled some of my blogmas posts. I don’t think I could survive this month if I hadn’t at least started writing some of the posts in advance!
- Read 1 book
Yup! Well, according to Rachel it doesn’t count because it was an audiobook, but I’m going to ignore her and count it.
And while it might seem a little silly, I’m going to set myself some goals for December 2019!
- Complete Blogmas!
- Value family time – yes, I want to bring back that Christmas feeling, but I think a large part of that feeling for me was always the time spent with family.
- Gut my bedroom in preparation for the new decade!
What have you got planned for December 2019? Are you taking part in Blogmas? If you are, leave your links below and we can all keep up to date on each others’ posts!
I hope you all have a great first day of December, and I look forward to seeing you all here bright and early tomorrow morning for day 2 of blogmas.