Welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove for our very first Showcase of 2018. Laura and I have loved running this linky over the past two years and we’re looking forward to reading all your posts this year.
If you’re new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura’s favourite posts from last week’s linky. As part of the linky we’d like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura’s) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It’s always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they’ve had from you guys!
I’ve always been an anxious person – even as a child I remember being very anxious about things. One of my worries is that I pass that trait onto my children, and I do see certain anxious behaviours coming out in Max. It’s difficult not to wonder whether those traits are inherited from you, but I do think even if they are, there are definitely things you can do to help – and who better to help than someone who truly understands. I loved Chloe’s list of phrases to help comfort an anxious child – I’ve been trying some of them out over the Christmas break and I do think they are starting to help. The power of words really is amazing, and I’m going to make this a real focus of my 2018.
For me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without that huge sense of nostalgia and looking back over all of your past Christmases and getting that warm glow. I think Christmas is also a time that highlights the hole left by those family members who are no longer with us, and it’s lovely to be able to look back fondly on those memories and realise that they still hold such a special place in your heart. I absolutely loved Kate’s post on her Christmas memories – they sum up the beauty of Christmas for me. The simple things that stick in your mind, and the way that it’s the familiarity of things that brings the most joy and fondness. For me, the comfort of tradition is key to my love of Christmas, and I love hearing about other people’s traditions.
The key to a stress free Christmas is organisation! I think I improved this year – wrapping is always my most dreaded task and I started early, wrapping just a few every couple of days – but there is definitely more I could do on the organisation front next year. I’m planning to refer back to Sarah’s list on How to Get Organised For Christmas next year – the one that I totally failed on this year was sorting a Christmas outfit for me. Both the children had theirs sorted (both pyjamas and a Christmas Day outfit), but I suddenly found I had nothing suitable to wear! Anyone else out there like this?
I hesitated to choose another Christmas post for my last pick, but I couldn’t resist Kimberly’s Festive Bucket List. Full of Christmassy activities, it’ll bring back that extra bit of Christmas cheer if you’re suffering from the January blues. Decorations, Christmas dinner, Christmas jumpers, Christmas films – it makes me want Christmas to arrive again next week. And a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Kimberly on her brand new little baby boy who arrived on Boxing Day – what a wonderful Christmas present!
Did you catch any of these last time? If not, please head over and give them a read and a comment!