Monday, 24 December 2012
Christmas, what can I say about it, that isn't cliched or corny. That is not already on greeting cards the world over. It's always been a fun time for me and regardless of what was going on in my life, I have always tried and make the best of it, just for a few days.
I asked a friend today, what his Christmas traditions are. We all have them and it got me thinking, about the last number of years and how varied they have been that some of traditions I would normally enjoy at Christmas, have fallen by, without me even noticing it.
Last year was the first time I didn't visit someone for Christmas, usually I would be at Mothers or one of my siblings. Last year, I gathered the few waifs and strays and I for the first time ever was the host. I didn't even realise it then but I was subconciously recreating previous traditions that Christmas usually entailed.
I have to say though, being an adult now (Sort of..) I miss some of the childhood wimsy. Being too excited to sleep, opening up presents with unreserved unexcitement. The anticipations and weeks of waiting. The Month of December felt very wrong. Now, it blurs past me, a frenzy of present buying and trying to wrap up work before the Christmas break.
Tomorrow, will be my first Christmas in Ireland since 2009. I will be spending Christmas day with my family and we will eat dinner, cooked and prepared by my Sister and later in the evening my friends and I will gather for drinks. I am excited about spending time with the people I love, eating too much. I won't drink alcohol, I never have done on Christmas day and to be honest, I am not sure how much more alcohol my body can handle, the past few days have been spent drinking copious amounts.
But the day has been tainted with sadness as unfortunately, some dear friends of mine have lost someone dear to them, this is always sad but at this time of year...They have been in my thoughts a lot today. So I hope whatever you are doing, or where ever you are, that you are having a very Happy Christmas and surronded by people you love.