Oh my word, it’s almost Christmas, and I’m nearly ready and it’s going to be fine. But I do have mixed feelings about the holiday. Christmas for me, now, is too much. It’s great when you’re a child and your parents rush around and give you the best Christmas they can. My mother did a lovely Christmas. Do you remember the stocking hanging at the end of your bed? I remember the stocking always had an orange in it, plus chocolate pennies. So, consequently, I did a stocking for my kids until they were well into their 20s! Yes, when you have young children it’s a magical day, I have some lovely memories of my two having a great time. Although I do remember my son (now very grownup, I do assure you) eating until he was sick! Gosh, I can even remember snow on Christmas Day. And then, when your grandchildren are young that’s another fairy-tale moment when you dress the tree and have the presents ready and see the look in their eyes as they come in to your home for grandma’s Christmas dinner, and all the present opening.
But now? Am I a bah-humbug? It’s all so rushed and over-active and actually too expensive, and what about people who don’t have children, or any family, or have unhappy memories of their family, or are ill, or alone and, to speak plainly, barely managing on three jobs, and not forgetting refugees, asylum seekers and the homeless either. Not sure about these ‘holidays’ to be absolutely honest.
However (and this shows you how shallow I am) I do love any opportunity to dress up. Let’s forget our woes, the times we live in, recent events (ha!) and our lack of this or that, and let’s dress up (in inexpensive charity shop gear, of course) and have some fun. I think that my philosophy (and yours too I hope) is, if we can we should have fun wherever and whenever we can.
So here’s my first outfit, which actually isn’t all that frugal as I bought it from a designer (the_bias_cutcom) pop-up 18 months ago. They’re interesting as they’re the home of #AgeismIsNeverInStyle and are at the forefront of campaigning against ageism in fashion – good for them. On balance I think the outlay was worth it.
Here I am in my kitchen just about to host a coffee morning for a few friends living in our new place and feeling a bit nervous – would anyone come? They did and it went well!
And the following day for another social occasion at our new abode I wore a charity shop top bought at least 2 years ago plus a newly found charity shop skirt that cost all of £5.
I love the skirt as it’s asymmetrical and slightly wacky – I really would like to look a bit less classic and a tad more goth, and this outfit is getting near that look especially with the addition of the studded boots.
See that down-sized Christmas tree? You’ve seen it before but there’s a glass bauble on it that’s nearly my age.
This was bought by my parents for their first Christmas in England after returning from India in 1947. When I look at it I think of their lives in those years of austerity and always feel slightly sad and wistful. Parents are never forgotten.
Well, I might write another post before Christmas, but I might not so I’m saying here Merry Christmas and here’s to a Happy New Year and a good (not going over the top in saying great!) 2020.
And, be kind to yourself 🙂
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper