Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I hope everyone all over the world is having a magical day today.
Not everyone celebrates Christmas, and no one celebrates Christmas in exactly the same way as another person, and that’s okay. Whether you spend the day just relaxing, catching up on work, spending time at Church, having a family gathering, going abroad, exchanging gifts, whatever you do, I hope you’re happy as you do it.
Last year, I spent this time at my loving sister’s place with her husband, our brother and dad. She likes to celebrate Christmas full on, decorations, Christmas jumpers, full course meals with everything you can imagine and exchanging gifts. Oh, and the tradition in our family of eating as much chocolate as you can throughout the day, feeling sick and then eating some more. It’s always an amazing Christmas when the family gets together, and I love them dearly. This year, we’re mixing it up.
While my sister and her husband go spend Christmas with his family up North, my brother is going to the Philippines with a friend, and I’ll be spending Christmas with my dad. On this day, aside from walking Jack (The fluff ball you may have seen on my Instagram), I’ll be spending the day in my pyjamas, exchanging gifts, ordering takeaway and most likely playing online games (Early present in the Steam sale was 7 Days to die from my sister, Win!).
So, one thing that you may have noticed was that we are ordering takeaway instead of doing the proper Christmas meal (Shock horror). Aside from the fact we need to try and find a takeaway open (That’s part of the fun), we are doing it because we don’t ever have takeaways at home, ever. It’s normally the case of someone will cook, and Christmas shouldn’t have the stress of trying to prepare everything to perfection, it should be about spending it with your loved ones. So we’re going on an adventure, going to find a place and spend time together. As you can see, it’s slightly different from last year, and that’s not a bad thing, different is just different.
As I said, Christmas should be spent however you want as long as you’re happy, but it’s important that you ensure you spend time with your loved ones, whether friends or family. If you can’t spend this time together, think about them, get in touch via a text, email, message, call, however you want to do it; just do it so they know you’re thinking about them. It can mean the world to someone by this simple gesture.
Lastly, I would like to ask a favour of you all. Growing up my family wasn’t rich, or even close, so that may have meant limited gifts, but that was okay because we were always there for each other every single day of the year, so it didn’t matter, and to this day I don’t care if I don’t get a single present as long as I know I have my family’s full support on anything. Regardless, I know many people from many different backgrounds, and a few have spoken about how they feel bad about how they couldn’t afford to get their 3 year old this super expensive present, and they feel like a failure, especially when they have seen friends putting up photos on social media of 30+ presents, at least half of them expensive. I understand wanting to spoil someone, especially your child, but please think of those less fortunate as well who can’t afford to do the same. Don’t tell your child that a large expensive gift was from Santa, another child who is less fortunate may feel that they aren’t as deserving if Santa got them a smaller cheaper gift. Please take the time to think of others and be thankful for everything you receive.
Thank you everyone! I wish you all another Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!