Another Christmas over! For all the build up, Christmas day really does fly by and because France doesn't do boxing day, it's back to business as usual over here.
This year we had our first Christmas as a family of four and for the first time, we celebrated as our own family unit. No grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins or great-grandparents at all! While we certainly missed being with our families at this special time of year, we had such a simple, relaxed Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! We didn't end up over-eating (although Stan made us THE most delicious roast beef and Yorkshire puddings - I contributed M&S mince pies and Paxo stuffing from a box!). We also had time to enjoy our gifts and time spent with eachother as we had no schedule, no commitments and nothing to do other than kick back and enjoy our days
As we head into the New Year, our Christmas experience got me thinking. What do I want more of in 2018? It's set to be a pretty exciting year work wise for us, we have two children now and life needs to shift a little again to reflect our new addition and commitments. What I want more of is:
- Space - not physical, but time in our schedules to explore Paris, get out to the countryside more and spend my maternity leave focussed on the boys.
- Spontaneity - I really do thrive on structure and routine, but, as usual, the best parties and days are those where plans are made last minute, meals are thrown together and schedule goes out of the window!
- Simplicity - as always, I'll be looking for places to simplify. Whether that's in my home-making, my parenting, my creativity, our living space or my work, I'll still be seeking the simplest solution.
I hope you had a very merry Christmas, with your loved ones - or without! What are your hopes and wishes for 2018? How will you be using this coming year?