Happy Christmas

I surfaced rather than rose on Christmas morning, having spent the evening before grazing on finger food, our traditional start to the Christmas season.

Number One Son was already pottering around then kitchen and the smell of cooking sausages provided an extra inducement to get dressed and go downstairs. I use “dressed” in a fairly loose sense – I’m wearing double flannelette and a dressing gown in various colours and patterns. Coordination never was my forte.

I’m not sure when “double denim” became a thing, or why they call a denim jacket with jeans a “Canadian Tuxedo” but for the modern day miser-chic look, double flannelette has no equal. Team up your checked pyjamas and nightshirt (note the layering effect to keep out the cold – we haven’t switched the heating on yet – with a nice striped dressing gown and you are well on the way to dressing like me. I’m sure I have some paisley somewhere but for now am accessorising with black fingerless gloves and a woolly hat.

If you happen to write a life-style blog and you are cringing at my fashion tips, good. It’s about time we chose our outfits based on warmth, practicality and what we have in the wardrobe. As a planet we throw a lot of clothes away, and 5hey are hard to recycle. The easy way is to buy fewer clothes and wear them for longer. Forget fashion and don’t throw anything away until you can see daylight through it. This is my serious thought for the day.

This article is an interesting read. I particularly like the idea of compostable clothing. in the past I have composted cotton underwear and leather/cotton gardening gloves. Unfortunately a lot of stuff is mixed fibres. I once composted socks and they left a fine mesh behind – the synthetic portion of the wool mixture.

Anyway, have a great holiday, despite me preaching about recycling. This year I cut down on waste by refusing to wrap anything I was giving. Julia went mad. Apparently this isn’t in the spirit of Christmas. But it did save me a lot of time and I didn’t have to buy wrapping paper.

31 thoughts on “Happy Christmas

  1. jodierichelle

    I have quite a picture in my head of your Christmas morning . . . You stumbling into the scene in hat, gloves, and head to toe flannel with a hastily tied bathrobe over top. You are carrying several unwrapped gifts. Julia’s eyes get big as she sees all of her presents at once. Madness ensues. And in the background, the sizzle and smell of sausages.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      πŸ™‚ The politics of wrapping are a murky business at best. Let’s be honest, I admire good wrapping, but my main concern is in removing it as quickly as possible. πŸ™‚

  2. Lavinia Ross

    Happy Christmas! Back in the day, brown paper grocery bags got extra use as book covers for school, as well as wrapping paper on birthdays and Christmas. A bit of fancy ribbon or a bow were sometimes used to make the package look special.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Book covering? Books? It all sounds like so long ago . . .

      I used top hate the new term and all the book covering – particularly the year my parents made me use leftover wallpaper. I felt like an idiot al year . . .

      1. Lavinia Ross

        It was a long time ago… πŸ™‚ Never had to use wall paper for book covers. We didn’t have any wall paper in our house. Using it for book covers is a new one to me! πŸ™‚

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        t doesn’t work well. It was left over from previous residents in the back of a cupboard. We didn’t have paper grocery bags so paper was always a problem – we were still taking our own bags to the shops in those days. As I say, it all seems so long ago and the world seems to have changed so much.

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