Today’s prompt was supposed to be about Yes Moments. But I don’t find myself having a whole lot of those just now, so I thought I’d skip back to the prompt I missed on Monday and talk a little about Christmas.
This year my plans for Christmas Day itself involve staying at home. I’m always at ‘home’ in one way or another, because I am always at a family member’s house. But I worked out the other day that I haven’t spent Christmas Day in my own house since at least 2007. That’s a whole six years! To be honest, I can’t even remember if I was at home in 2007; my Facebook photos seem to suggest that I was, but Christmas Day looks much like Boxing Day in my photos, and apparently my memory isn’t that good. Anyway, for a homebird like me, being away from home on Christmas Day for six years on the trot is unthinkable. I don’t know how I let it happen!
So this year, I am staying at home with my dad, and we are having my sister and her wife join us for dinner. Then in the afternoon my other sister will come to ours with her family and we’ll have a lovely afternoon of doing not very much. I kind of wish we were one of those families that went for a walk on Christmas afternoon, because I love the idea of a bracing walk in the freezing cold. But there’s not really anywhere to walk around here, and the reality of it in between eating, board games, more eating, and maybe a bit of television, there probably isn’t all that much time left for walking.
For the last couple of years, I have to admit, I have somewhat struggled to capture the Christmas spirit in the same way that I used to. I haven’t had the same enthusiasm for the festive period since I lost my mum, because up until two years ago, I hadn’t spent a Christmas Day without her. Sometimes it does feel slightly like going through the motions, but I think it’s getting better year on year!
There are a few things that really make Christmas for me. For the last few years I have spent a weekend with my friends watching Christmas films. We are doing it again this year, but various commitments mean that we can only manage one day rather than a whole weekend. We’re going to have to narrow down our festive film choices!
I mention this all the time, but the Christmas Radio Times is another big tradition for me. Even if I don’t get round to watching all the things I want to watch, the tradition of marking out what I want to see is an integral part of the build up to Christmas.
I go to church every Christmas Eve, for a carol service. It’s not midnight mass, it’s just a little candlelight service, and I love it. Last year I went with my sister and niece and then went back to theirs for takeaway afterwards. I haven’t told them yet, but I full intend to do this again this year; I’m hoping it becomes a new tradition in itself!
Lastly, the most important part of any festive period is spending time with the people I love. That’s a big old cliché, I know, but it’s important!
Some of my Christmas post from the past: