Normally I am quite the Christmas grinch, scowling at speakers daring to broadcast Christmas carols in public places and grumbling at the idea of buying gifts for family members I don’t really like all that much out of obligation instead of goodwill. I have to admit that I judge you if I go past your house and find it covered in Christmas lights or with a Santa sticking out of the chimney. Not only do I not own a Christmas tree, but Luke and I have never exchanged Christmas gifts.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to give gifts to the people I love, I love thinking about finding the perfect little thing, thinking about what you would want more than anything else. My issue isn’t with the giving, it’s more with the idea of giving for the sake of giving, filling up stockings with useless junk that people don’t want or need, my issue is with the wasting of resources (both financial, and environmental) on the idea that at Christmas time we have to give gifts, and so we do.. and usually they aren’t even gifts you want, just junk to wrap for the festivity of it, which seems like it’s kind of missing the point.

Anyway, I know what you are all thinking, first the post about the Melbourne Cup and now this! What a humorless old grinch I am! BUT, the point of this post isn’t to grumble about all things Christmas, it’s actually to tell you that this year I am actually trying to be festive! I decided that instead of eating vegemite on toast for lunch – which was my original plan, I was going to cook up something fabulous for our first vegan Christmas. Luke is working at night, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a nice Christmas lunch together before he goes, right?!

So, yesterday we went grocery shopping for all ingredients for our Vegan Feast, and when we got home I discovered that even just having all the ingredients in the house was making me feel all warm and festive and not only that but it was even kind of nice. Shock horror!

Then, this morning I went to get the mail and there was a giant package from my mother, filled not only with Christmas presents but with Christmas decorations (when she found out we didn’t have a tree she almost cried down the phone, poor dear!), so I figured I would set up a little corner in the house with the decorations. There wasn’t a lot there, a tiny little red metal Christmas tree (I think it’s supposed to be the top ornament on an actual Christmas tree) and some tinsel and this strange flashing badge thing with a Santa on it, anyway I constructed some kind of tree structure using some old candle holders and wrapped it all with the tinsel so that if you squint really hard at it you might mistake it for a very small (and funny shaped) Christmas tree, then, I put all the presents underneath it and lo and behold that festive feeling got a bit more festive!

So! Now I am going to sit down and have a MASSIVE Christmas movie marathon in the hope that that makes me feel even MORE Christmassy. I have two days to get through them all, here is my list:

Gremlins (well it IS a Christmas movie!)
A Muppets Christmas Carol
Joyeux Noel
Home Alone (In honor of John Hughes who passed away this year)
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Love Actually

Okay, so it’s not really a VERY traditional Christmas movie list, I realise that, but surely I get points for trying to be a little more Christmassy?!

Anyway, while I’m feeling all warm and festive, I hope you all have a really lovely festive day, whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, or are someone who is just damn happy that there are a bunch of public holidays in December and January.