Everyone stocks up like squirrels, or rats, of what ever animal hoards, leading up to the big day. The supermarkets are packed with lines of trolleys (carts) and if one person stops their trolley to look at something, 10 trolleys have to stop behind them, and traffic chaos prevails. All cashiers are actually open - every single one of them - the only time that happens during the whole year.
Though of course, we all know it will be like this, and everyone is mostly gracious, and smiley, and wishing the person that they just bumped into with their piled-high trolley, a merry Christmas.
One lady I saw in an isle, was frantically asking a bewildered 16 yr old boy worker, where the chocolate scorched almonds were. Obviously, the said young boy had no clue, so I leaned over and gave her my box from my trolley, and went back to get myself another box - my good Christmas cheer for the day.
I love it. I love watching the chaos of the 'gathering' mentality, because , you know, the shops won't be open for 24 HOURS!!! I even find myself sucked right in. I actually started to panic last week because Lucy doesn't have a decent sun hat that she'll wear at the moment, and it was on my to do 'before Christmas' list. Christmas Eve was imminent and I still hadn't bought her a hat, and just as the deep breathing started, I realised that I could actually buy it AFTER Christmas. Weird, huh?
You just get swept up with the 'must do that "before Christmas" ' mentality. Must catch up with that person 'before Christmas', must get hair cut 'before Christmas' should really get legs waxed 'before Christmas'. It's as if the world will close for 2 months so one must gather all food, all supplies, catch up with all friends, do all things that might need to be done, in case the world does close down for 2 months. But it doesn't.
It takes alot of inner strength to realise that all these things can actually happen 'after Christmas'. Who would have thought? And, hey, that hat will probably be half price after Christmas. A crazy crazy time for the western world. Or is it just us Australians? Or is it just Sydney-siders? Or is just me?? (said in a quiet, scared voice).
Anyway, now that it is 'after Christmas', I have some time to ponder what I will do with all the Christmas photos I took (make collage layouts, for sure) and refine my ideas for my recording a week for a year concept which I shared a few days ago, using baseball card sleeves. Hey, I would really like to even scrap. Something I haven't done for a really long time!!
These are the last two layouts that I did, before the end of year/Christmas frenzy took over.
Sorry, they're not even Christmassy (except for the red). Same photos, different layout, one for each girl. I posted a slightly different version of the first layout several weeks ago, for about an hour, before I pulled it off the post, because I wasn't happy with it. I re-jigged it a little and here it is again, sorry if you saw it that first time. There is a 7mm white border around that first layout - looks better irl.
So now, the house is relatively quiet, kids are content, playing and not hungry (for once), so I think I'm going to get in a quick scrap. Mmmm, now how do I do that again? It's been so long!