For our Hindu friends, it has recently been Dilwali. There have been fireworks a plenty, good food and fun with family. Or so my Hindu friends tell me. As the December Solstice and for myself personally, Christmas approaches I find myself in a time of reflection.
As I put up the Christmas decorations and finish wrapping presents, I think about all of Christmas' past, and sit in anticipation for what may come this year. For me, it is not about the presents, money, food and definitely not about the alcohol as I barely drink these days. For me, Christmas is about those priceless moments. The time that the oven set on fire and we had to switch houses to cook Christmas Dinner. The time that we roasted the extra chicken upside down and it ended up looking like road kill. (Same Christmas by the way). The day my baby sister crawled for the first time nearly 16 years ago.
I find myself listening to old music, singing aloud and getting all the words wrong. Despite being stressed and exhausted from this season, I find myself happy and excited for the next few weeks. After a working tirelessly I cannot wait to present my family with gifts that we've bought or made. Strangely I know the ones we've made will be more appreciated. - Thankfully those in question never read my ramblings on my blogs and therefore will still be surprised in the next few days.
Christmas is a special time for my family. A time where we can all come together, despite our busy lives and work patterns and just be with each other. It is a celebration which lasts a few days so as time can be spent with all family and a celebration which despite causing much stress never fails to remind me of what is important in life.
I'm sure many of you will have your own family traditions. As we grow into adults and start a family of your own, we often find ourselves creating new ones, merging two family traditions and having our own personal routines which we would miss terribly if we didn't adhere to.
My own personal tradition is that on New Year's Eve I watch two programs. "Dinner for One" and "It's a Wonderful Life". Two amazing black and white masterpieces which for me symbolise my childhood, my growth into an adult and my hope for the future.
What are your family traditions? Whatever they are and whatever your religion. We hope you have an amazing holiday season.
Best Wishes and Love to You All
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