So we have had our Christmas splurge. In reality ours while generous it was not the masses of excess I have seen other years or from others.
I will say this, it may be the crowd I hang with but the year seems to be a lot quieter at this time of year. A great many people are simply not buying into the sales and mess (could have been spending Christmas in a depressed regional centre as well)
Our Christmas plans were interrupted to a degree by a bought of gastro in the house. We ended up simplifying them and reduced travel time by 2-3 hours and the pace just felt a lot more relaxed.
We ended up at my parents, dry and warm but quiet and relaxed.
The meals for us where generous but relatively simple, presents where practical and not ostentatious and the main thing was simply time spent with family. In time this will become the norm rather than the exception. The decline perhaps has already begun with a great many people so the chance for waste and excess will become less.
On the last day at my parents place we decided to head to the local trout farm as we had promised the children that they could try fishing and sitting on a river bank for 4 hours to get nothing will not attract children to fishing (it put me off most fishing 🙂 ).
So we spent about an hour got 9 beautiful rainbow trout
Cooked simply n a BBQ nothing better. A salad from my parents’ house, chips from their own potatoes. Simple but good.
And the kids well they again know where the food came from and the only comment was from the 5 year old that she would eat the fish but not bloody 🙂