It’s been quite awhile since I last posted anything on my blog, so I thought I’d blog about something that coincides with the holiday season. I love Christmas; it has to be my favorite time of the year. It’s a time when people slow down, and are actually nice to each other. It’s a time to appreciate what you really have, as well as the special people in your lives. Some of us can’t do this until Christmas Eve. And why not, we’ve got presents to shop for, parties to host or attend, cram for exams, or just get things straightened out at work before the year’s end.
For me, I do my Christmas shopping in the summer because I know I won’t want to be anywhere near a mall come December. This way, I have all my presents bought and wrapped up ahead of time. It also means I can don my Santa hat on, watch Christmas Vacation (my all time fav!) and just have a holly, jolly Christmas with the family. I think my favorite part about Christmas is Christmas Eve. Sitting on the couch by the fire, a tree dazzling in yellow, blue, green and red at my parents’ condo. My mother always puts up a clay ornament I made when I was in the 1st grade. To this day, I don’t know how I made it, but it reminds me of the sentimental value it holds for her. Christmas Eve for me is the most blissful part of the season. When the malls finally close, traffic is virtually invisible, the streets are deserted. That moment when “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” arrives.
And yes, there’s the white stuff. The powdery white snow blanketing my neighborhood, at least my parents’ neighborhood. I think Christmas Day is the one day in which everyone is happy to see the roads covered in the white stuff. I’m going to admit I’ve only experienced three white Christmases in my life – and I’m from Toronto! The way things are going weather-wise in my hometown, it doesn’t look like it will be a white Christmas this year.
Despite the unusual warm weather, despite any unexpected surprises that may pop up (and they usually do), I look forward to time with family; the time off work/school; the peace and quite that Christmas evokes.
I hope that Christmas has similar meaning to you as well. However you celebrate Christmas, and what you look forward to about, may be it be joyous, relaxing, and bring you a sense of gratitude!