#christmascheer & bah-sniffs
We didn't really celebrate Christmas as a family when I was little. With divorced parents, we spent Christmas with my Dad and he wasn't big on holidays. When I had my own children, I decided that I wanted Christmas to be a thing! And we've had many lovely whānau christmases.
Yet, this is the second year in a row that I am not going back to my whānau in Melbourne for Christmas. Mainly because I have travelled so over the last couple of years that I just want to stop for a bit. They are sad because I am the Trifle Queen and they miss my corn and feta fritters too! NO-ONE makes them as well as I do - or so I have been told.
It is often a bittersweet time. Many people find the unrealistic expectations and pressure around having a perfect Christmas overwhelming. This is also my first Christmas without my ex-partner. Although I am in a good place since we separated, it is still ouchy! I've been emotional over the last couple of weeks. Grief is a sneak-thief who strikes when you are feeling vulnerable. However, I am fortunate to have amazing folk in my life who I can talk to about this stuff.
In the meantime, I am having fun making images for #12daysofGLAMR a competition that finishes tomorrow run by the fab @alianewgrads. Check out the hashtag on insta and twitter. It is a lot of fun! So many creative library folk out there. This is the gif I made for 10 Lordes a leaping. Image creative commons from digboston (Flickr cc-by)