finding my Christmas mojo

28 Nov

I’m definitely a Christmas elf; I don’t think there’s a scrooge-bah-humbug bone in me when it comes to tinsel, mulled wine and Christmas carols. But it’s hard to get in the mood in 35C tropical heat and miles from home. It was, I decided, time to get my Xmojo back.

First up was the shopping malls; all Christmas pop on repeat and glittery baubles. Commercialised to the max. And, yes, I know that the holiday period is commercial in the UK, but at least we have festivities outside of shopping – carol concerts, dodgy ties and office parties.

So next I hit up Starbucks, not somewhere I really visit even in England. Starbucks had bathed in the Christmas spirit, it was everywhere, from take-out mug-shaped decorations to themed drinks and Christmas trees. Humming along to Bing Crosby and sipping a cranberry-white-mocha-something I felt a buzz of Christmas spirit, or perhaps just the caffeine…

In search of something to balance out the syrupy hit of coffee Christmas next on my list was satsumas. Clementines, tangerines…whatever you want to call them…for me they’re Christmas.

And as I drank my coffee, ate my fruit and watched palm trees and blue sky I realised that even if I can’t join in all the festivities this year I look forwards to at least sharing the holiday itself with my family. And isn’t it this coming together of friends and family from wherever they may be that Christmas is all about?

In other Christmassy news I’m taking part in Pretty Much Penniless’ Blogger’s Second Hand Secret Santa and I have my present all ready to send!

I’m also a crafty Christmas person, but without much time this year for homemade presents. So to challenge myself (and to help out any of you last-minute shoppers out there) I will be posting an easy homemade gift idea once a day from 20th-24th December. These will all be quick and simple, and easy to make with items you can find at home or in your local shops. Obscure ingredients and crafting tools have there place, but not amidst the Christmas crush.


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