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This time of year is often referred to as the “silly season” due to the fact that we all run around like crazy people trying to finish up the working year for the Christmas break. We run ourselves ragged writing on crappy Christmas cards with snow covered scenes to people we haven’t seen in years, drive around the shopping centres looking for a carpark for ages and then fight the crowds looking for Christmas presents for family and friends and then on Christmas Day we spend hours sweating over a stove preparing traditional Christmas fare for the family!
And to make matters worse, the men sit around drinking beer and eating beautifully cooked roast turkey and baked ham whilst the women do all the work! Well that is my Christmas experience anyway. Maybe in some families the men contribute to the workload a little more.
Why do we do this to ourselves year after year? I guess we like to punish ourselves a little more because it is Christmas and this is what is expected. Right?
Well, I’m here to say that I have put a halt to the Christmas silliness. I no longer run myself ragged to please my extended family. I no longer spend more than I can afford on Christmas presents (that are more often than not appreciated or required). I no longer invite the whole family around for Christmas Day which takes about a week to prepare for and then clean up all day Boxing Day. In fact this year I am not even bothering to put up our Christmas tree!
Now I know I am sounding like the Christmas Grinch, however I do really love Christmas and the fact that it does bring families together for one day of the year. I do enjoy eating delicious roast turkey, baked ham and Christmas pudding and partaking in some alcoholic punch and champers. I also enjoy the friendly game of cricket following Christmas lunch (even though the men get a bit serious and often pull a hammy!) I used to enjoy the Secret Santa present giving which we now don’t do. In fact there are lot’s of things I love about Christmas!
But the best part of Christmas Day is when my two adult children still love our tradition of swapping Christmas presents early in the morning at our home. We all put on silly Santa hats, put the Christmas carols DVD on and sing along, eat chocolates and nuts and sometimes walk across the road to the beach for a surf or swim together.
This year unfortunately our daughter has work committments and won’t be able to make it on Christmas Day, so we will have to do the present swapping without her. We plan on visiting her on the Sunshine Coast on Boxing Day so that we can spend a belated Christmas with her.
Christmas lunch for us will be spent at my brother’s house which is on acreage at Currumbin Valley, which has a large shady verandah, a swimming pool and lovely green lawns which make a perfect cricket field. Over the years we have often spent Christmas Day here with my large extended family and it is a lovely day.
The meaning of Christmas to me is the birth of Christ and all about family and good friends getting together to celebrate and recognise that although we all may not see eye to eye, that we are still family and should put our differences aside for this joyous occasion. So my wish for Christmas 2015 is Peace between all.
Do you have Christmas traditions? I would love to hear what they are.
This is the season for bright lights and shiny packages. It is a time for sharing love and being together. It is a time for wishing you and your family all the best.
MERRY CHRISTMAS (OR HAPPY HOLIDAYS) TO ALL OF MY WONDERFUL READERS!!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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