This year, I haven’t put any of the decorations up. Apart from the disapproval of my nephew and niece, so far I haven’t regretted it for a moment. The thing is, usually I work on Christmas Day. The fact that I’m not this year is actually totally surprising. So usually, with at least half the day spent at work and the other half at my sister’s house, decorations at home seem a little unnecessary. Although I’m sure the cats and possums enjoy them.
And guess what? I am loving the idea of having a break from putting them up this year, because it means I don’t need to take the damn things down again!
But I don’t want to give the impression I’m a total Grinch. Although my heart is, generally speaking, black and cold, I actually really do enjoy Christmas. I love spending time with my family, and who doesn’t love presents? But probably my favourite part of Christmas Day is that lull in the afternoon, when everyone’s in a food coma from lunch, and it’s so hot nobody wants to do anything but doze, and we get out the board games and the cards, and spend hours playing and laughing. Our lives are so busy that’s it’s great to just spend time together with nothing to do for hours except enjoy one another’s company. It might not sound like much, but that’s my family’s Christmas tradition. Playing board games and card games, and wearing silly paper hats.
So, however you celebrate the holiday season, I hope you have a great time. I hope you’re surrounded by the people you love, and I hope that you all have fun together. On Christmas Day I’ll be kicking back at my sister’s house, hopefully listening to some rain on the tin roof–we need the rain!–and remembering how to play canasta.
I know the impression we Australians like to give of Christmas is something like this:
But in the tropics it’s usually more like this:
I’d love to know what Christmas looks like in your part of the world? What traditions do you follow (for whatever you celebrate) and what traditions would you do away with if you could?