Some of these things, I admittedly still do and I know for a fact that I’m not on my own either. Think of this post as ‘things we should only do as children and not continue into adulthood at Christmas’. But… Hey ho! Let’s roll with it eh? This is sort of a part two to a post I did earlier on this Blogmas about how I feel about Christmas now I’m no longer at home. It’s definitely a bit more light hearted… That’s for sure!
1.Waking up at the crack of dawn.
I still do this, my latest wake up time ever is 8.00am. Our earliest was about 4.00am because my brother just wouldn’t settle and sleep. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out with Kayne this year, the guy who doesn’t wake up til gone 10.00am. Yep, 10.00am… I’m pretty disgusted myself.
This is a pretty obvious one that probably doesn’t need pointing out. But God, Christmas is just a little bit extra when there’s alcohol involved (in my opinion). It’s nice to just chill out in the evening with a glass of wine, watching a movie and nursing your Christmas dinner food baby. I don’t know, there’s just something about it.
3. Your presents will change dramatically.
Gone are the days of Barbie, Thomas the Tank Engine, Scooby Doo and those bloody slush puppy makers (WHICH I NEVER GOT THANKS MUM AND DAD) and instead, you get things like underwear that’s two sizes too small or too big, socks and deodrant… Oh those good ol’ Lynx sets eh? Your presents get more ‘adult’ – you want a new toaster, you can bet your boots there’ll be one wrapped up for you. FYI, I’m not moaning about getting a new toaster or household items as a gift before some cockwomble pipes up…
4. Just being able to enjoy Christmas.
I say this because as a child, you just wake up, freak out because Santa has been and Christmas is basically your second birthday. But as an adult, you just constantly worry about money. Will you have enough for a food shop so you don’t have to go out? Will you have enough on your main account for all your bills and mortgage repayments?
5. The need to have THE best gifts.
I think this more of a ‘since Facebook and other forms of social media became the norm’. But I’ve noticed a lot, all the kids have to have the biggest and best thing and to be honest, it’s kinda like who can own the bragging rights. Whereas when you’re an adult (most of us anyway) we don’t feel the need to share what our auntie’s twice removed cousins daughter got us. Sadly, there are still some adults like this.
6. School Nativity plays.
God, I am glad I don’t have to endure those anymore. I hated them when I was younger, funnily enough – it’s because I get major stage fright and go shy. Me, shy? I know… But now, as an adult, I am free of those bloody plays (until I have my own children)
7. The food.
God, you appreciate the food so much more when you’re older. When I was younger, I liked the Christmas dinner don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. It’s the one meal I look forward to every single year.
Suddenly, it all becomes clear why your mum never let you help decorate. You get very particular how you want your home to be decorated. When we were younger, it was all ‘omg the fairy lights, it all looks so pretty’. Now, it’s if this bauble isn’t precisely positioned on the co-ordinates 12.3455’63232′ (however you do co-ordinates) then your tree is ruined and you have to start again.
9. As much as you try to keep your childhood traditions alive, it slowly changes.
This applies more when you move out, you move in with your friends or your dearly beloved, you have to adapt to their traditions too. So, it becomes a mish mash of family celebrations and you then start making your own traditions to suit everyone.
10. You discover the worst, Santa isn’t real…
OH, the controversy. It’s an abomination *sobs*.
There we have it, 10 reasons why Christmas is so different as a child in comparison to when you’re an adult. Is there anything you miss about Christmas as a child? Or do you much prefer the adult life? Let me know in the comments below!
Why not check out yesterdays post all about the statement lips for the festive season?!