Who’s singing a Christmas song right now and cursing me? Well, in the words of Bruno Mars (legend), “fix your face” as I’m not quite on the Xmas Bandwagon just yet.
I’m just talking about this time of year in general! The nights are dark (as are the mornings), it’s cold, the fire goes on, the leaves are crisp… and there’s a multitude of other Autumnal cliches going on too. Isn’t it lovely?
For me, this time of year- this wonderful and inspiring and bloody fabulous time of year- brings a lot of happy times. My favourite being Bonfire Night. Andy and I have our own traditions. Fourteen years ago we went on a non-date date (which basically had me following Andy around as he followed someone else around- I cannot believe I was that girl!) where we went to see a Bonfire at a local pub. That was the start of something special and we’ve spent every Bonfire Night together since, doing something that makes us, as a family, happy. Be it driving around to watch the fireworks or eating chilli and toffee apples. Noah loves this too, and we’ve added a special “mini human” tradition which is that Bauble, his Christmas elf, comes to stay on Bonfire Night until Christmas Eve! The Americans have Thanksgiving, the Williamsons have Bonfire Night!
Autumn and winter is a dreaded term at work- it’s long, it’s busy and the expectations on staff and students are through the roof. It’s usually during this time when I question whether this job is the one for me. Working with the students is amazing- it’s all the other stuff that comes with it that seems more stressful, harder to deal with and, basically, demoralising during these months. This is why I got OTT with the traditions and the fun in my own time I think. It makes up for all of the other stuff and helps me to get through it all with a bit of a smile on my face.
My love of the season is totally rubbing off on Noah! He was in awe at his school’s firework display on Wednesday, and he’s fit to burst for whatever plans Andy has for us for Bonfire Night this evening! Seeing my lovely, innocent and brilliant boy enthuse about everything that we plan (which is just to get us through life some of the time), is inspiring! Childhood is the best time for most, so I will do all that I can to preserve Noah’s, and to relive mine and Andy’s!
It helps to focus on the good when there’s so much stress in the way! What traditions do you have? How do you overcome the stress of being a grown up?! Don’t forget to stop and remember how lovely this time can be. It needn’t all be doom and gloom!
Have a very happy and safe Bonfire Night! Here’s to the dark nights, cold mornings and stresses of adulthood! We’ve so got this!