Photo of the Week 48 / Throwing off the Shackles

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I tend to rush around so much first thing in the morning – up, get dressed, everyone out the door, clear up from breakfast, dog walk, off to work. It feels like quite a mission sometimes and my schedule is pretty tight if I’m to be at work by 9.30am.

I spotted this stunning skyline after dropping The Boy at school on Monday morning. Our first beautiful frosty scene of the season.

Yet again I was reminded that even on the hectic days, in fact especially on those days, it’s important to take the time to drink in the natural beauty on our doorstep.

This week marks the start of advent, a season that can be marred by rushing, constant demands and deadlines. Every year I resolve not to allow that to happen, most years I fail.

This advent I want to throw of the shackles off ‘should/must do‘ and drink in all that the season has to offer. Whoever said that mince pies have to be homemade or that Christmas cards need to be delivered by the middle of the month, if at all?

I hereby promise to avert my eyes from what other families are doing, how they are celebrating, what homemade goodies they are baking, what cute little Christmas decorations are being created.* As lovely as all that is, I need to kick the pressure of  ‘The Perfect Christmas’ into touch and just enjoy the moments, however imperfect they are.

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*This may mean spending less time on social media…we shall see! 

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27 Comments on Photo of the Week 48 / Throwing off the Shackles

  1. Carie
    November 28, 2015 at 9:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow what a beautiful sky! And yay for throwing off the you must …. – although I’ll admit that my mincemeat is homemade- just because it wouldn’t be our Christmas without it!!
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  2. jenny paulin
    November 28, 2015 at 11:09 pm (1 year ago)

    that is a stunning photo and i am so with you about the pressure to have a ‘perfect Christmas’. I think as much as I love seeing all of the photo across my social media , it can make you question yourself a LOT! xx
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  3. Sarah MumofThree World
    November 29, 2015 at 9:39 am (1 year ago)

    Yes! Good for you. One of the big downsides of social media is seeing the perfect experiences other families create and making us feel inadequate. Our Christmas has always been good enough for our family and I will keep it that way!
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  4. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    November 29, 2015 at 10:59 am (1 year ago)

    Snap! I am doing the same this year. I am not preparing everything for Christmas dinner, I have taken the easier option this year and ordered everything pre prepared from M&S. Yes it was more expensive but it is worth it as I will be spending the day with my family and playing with the children instead of spending the day stressing in the kitchen. Hope you have a great week x #project365
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    • Suzanne W
      November 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh my goodness, I’m so jealous! Well done for you for completely throwing off those shackles. You’re going to have a wonderful day, I know it. x

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  5. Coombe Mill
    November 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm (1 year ago)

    What a beautiful shot, I hope you succeed in relaxing and making the most of the holiday spirit with your family.

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  6. Emma T
    November 29, 2015 at 8:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Beautiful photo. It’s so true that we can get caught up in Christmas and what others do. tbh I’m lazy at Christmas. I have plans then can’t be bothered, so just do what I want to do. Good luck with savouring Advent
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    • Suzanne W
      November 30, 2015 at 8:17 pm (1 year ago)

      Well I’m already throwing off those shackles by not having any expectations at all. That’s a huge start for me! Sounds like you’ve got it right Emma :)

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  7. Sarah Christie
    November 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm (1 year ago)

    We really are on the same page this week Suzzanne, and a perfect Christmas is being child and not conforming so you are totally right to kick back and enjoy it, otherwise we are the ones exhausted and not having fun. We always go away the weekend before Christmas and by doing that I have to relax and be organised before that date and I love it x
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    • Suzanne W
      November 30, 2015 at 8:24 pm (1 year ago)

      That sounds like a great idea Sarah – must take some organising to get away though. Great to do before all the mayhem. We are going away straight after christmas this year. Equally important to be organised!

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  8. Hannah
    November 29, 2015 at 11:44 pm (1 year ago)

    Perfectly said! I just wrote about balancing time, and I think this is partly of what I ment – I see so many things and instantly think ‘I want to do that’ putting extra pressure on everyone to try and achieve so much, while actually missing out on the important things xx
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    • Suzanne W
      November 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm (1 year ago)

      So hard to get right, isn’t it? I rarely do tbh but just being aware of the trap makes a difference. Keep working at it. x

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  9. Alexandra / I'm Every Mum
    November 30, 2015 at 5:52 am (1 year ago)

    What a stunning scene. Yes, to not seeing what others are doing. We’ve got some lovely things planned for advent this year which is a first for us and it’s mainly because we’re not doing much for Christmas. I don’t have to cook this year wuhoo!!! Comparison is such a killer of joy. Definitely throw off the shackles, I hope this Christmas is your best one ever X #theordinarymoments
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    • Suzanne W
      November 30, 2015 at 8:21 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes I think that’s it Alex – the comparison bit. It can make you feel like you’re doing it all wrong and your kids are having the worst christmas! Actually they just need you being present. Going to remember that this year :)

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  10. chickenruby
    November 30, 2015 at 5:23 pm (1 year ago)

    I just repeat to myself ‘they’ve created this for social media, it does not reflect their day to day lives’

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  11. Katie @mummydaddyme
    December 1, 2015 at 11:17 am (1 year ago)

    I needed this post today Suzanne. I feel like a failure as a Mum as last year I spent ages sorting out a book advent plus a normal chocolate homemade advent calendar for the girls. Today I haven’t even had chance to buy one. They are too little to know but I feel guilty. I think social media in the run up to Christmas often fuels our desire to do more/be better, but I am going back to basics this year and just enjoying our christmas and festive period. That is a gorgeous photo too. x

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  12. Natalie
    December 2, 2015 at 12:09 am (1 year ago)

    Lovely picture, I know what you mean I often find myself rushing and shouting and stressing. Sometimes we need to just stop and take it all in. X
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  13. Sara | mumturnedmom
    December 4, 2015 at 9:57 pm (1 year ago)

    I am so with you, this year is all about enjoying the moments for me. No rushing, no stressing. Just taking a big breath and savouring it all x
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