Whoop, Whoop it’s nearly Christmas..!
Ok parents, let’s be honest; do you feel like that or do you feel a flutter of panic every time somebody reminds you just how many days are left to go? I’m still making a point of reminding mine that I won’t talk about it until December because I can’t face the thought. I still haven’t done a thing!!
I remember saying exactly the same in the middle of moving house and lots of other huge changes last year and just like everyone very kindly commented I did get there in the end. This year I don’t even have an excuse but somehow the days are rolling by and although I have lots bought and done in my head as yet I’ve not done any real Christmas shopping and don’t even have decorations!
One thing I am proud and relieved to say is that for the first time ever I’ve stuck to my financial plans – yes wow!! It’s so frustrating the way it usually goes that I make an effort to find the best ISA and carefully squirrel away cash each month only for some huge disaster to occur at some point during the year which means I have to delve into my Christmas savings.
Actually having the money sitting there is a weird feeling, whilst I should be delighted that I’ve properly organised myself for once – I’m still actually terrified at the thought of spending it! Previous years when I dreamt of being in this position I would’ve imagined it would be easy to spend it, get all the gifts bought in plenty of time, relax and enjoy the real fun of Christmas.
This hasn’t happened, I suddenly understand how people get good at saving; you see a chunk of money and you don’t want it to go. So instead of just splashing the cash I’ve suddenly got all mean and am suddenly finding myself trying to budget as much as possible to see how much I can get to roll over into next years fund. I’ve even gone to the lengths of researching savings for next year and have so far found Halifax are amongst the best banks.
This is all very uncharacteristic for me and incredibly distracting and I really just want to brush away the feeling, find the carefree me again and go on a wild spending spree. This week I’ve finally started to feel a little festive; our visit to Hogwarts in the Snow started to create the magic and was quickly followed by a premiere of Disney’s Frozen in Leicester Square with real reindeer!
A wander down Regent and Carnaby Street to show the children the lights whilst I peered into shop windows today and getting my ridiculous financial torment out by writing it here – I can finally feel myself getting in the zone!! So watch out; my house probably won’t quite match the splendour of Hogwart’s Castle but it is certainly set to sparkle this year.