....I love it. Warm house, filled with bright lights, dark evenings, no work, snow, brilliant food, seeing all the relations, try to remember the names of all the new cousins, lots of alcohol, meeting old friends in the pub and paper-wrapped shapes with peoples names on them, being envious of all the kids, telling old stories, blazing hearths, choirs on the street, pretending to die when your wee brother zaps you with his new space-ray-gun...what do you think?
Sounds like fun... and like you're from Ireland!
I'll add: lots of snow, midnight mass at 10:30, deciding who's going to go where on what day, sleeping in, watching people open the gifts you've given them, trying to hide the Creme de Menthe from Auntie xx, listing with the kids to the "santa's sleigh update" on the radio traffic news, hogging all the turkey stuffing, debating whether or not to have just one more glass of wine, fiannly taking off the high heels to walk around in your stockings, and having everybody home.
And this year for me: knowing I'm off to New Orleans for a week once it's all over. Whee!
You know I complain about snow and cold but Christmas is the time where you can enjoy it all. Everything you guys said excites me! Perhaps I should make it a point to travel to Ireland one day during this season! But Montreal is fun too... I love the last minute x-mas shopping, no matter how crazy it can get! I love the carols they play on the radio on x-mas day (which is usually when we put up our tree ), the lights, even the fluffy white snow (cause it's still white!). Pink skies at night, indicating snow filled clouds that are just ready to explode the next day! I especially love it on New Year's day, when no one is out and you hear absolute silence when you step out of your house. It's wonderful!
P.S. But I will say that it's kind of annoying when the decorations and commercials and advertisements start to appear on November 1st! Too early!
The impossibility of finding a parking space at the mall. Overcrowded stores full of angry, impatient people. The streets filled with a gray, dull slush that soaks through your boats. The shivers running up my spine due to my cold wet socks. Children, full of sugar and over-excited by presents running and screaming around the house. My pounding headache. Credit card bills.
Oh yeah, my favorite time of year...
I am much more partial to Thanksgiving. All of the food and family with none of the dealing with malls and shopping.
Overcrowded stores full of angry, impatient people.
I have to agree. I hate shopping for christmas. Im actually a bad gift giver so in my family we just go watch a movie-->together. Or go gambling. I kno its not very christmasy, but im very thankful to just be with friends and family. Especially when you win. Muh hahaha.
What I usually do is, start thinking of presents in Nov
(bec I always try not to buy them- I'm so creative! )
So I always have enough time and also dont have to suffer from the overcroweded shops.
Real x-mas means to me: lots of snow, peace and silence, x-mas tree with candles, singing x-mas songs, spending time with the family, eating lots of biscuits (cookies, drinking tea etc.
This year I wont be at home again, but my biggest 'X-mas wish'is coming true, because I will spend the 25th with my boyfriend back in NZ.
In AUT we celebrate Christmas on the 24th at night.
and we dont have Santa. We have the 'Christkind'.
what about u guys?
Im afraid in Ireland we got stuck with the coca cola santa. Christkind sounds like a good fella.
Those Christmas stories are all so different to mine!
hot, sticky, go for a swim, go to the beach, wear skirts and tops, play outside, air conditioner full blast, christmas lunch, lots of drinks!
I can't imagine a cold Christmas - This year will be my first in NYC!
wahoooo work xmas meal in a couple weeks!!
decisions...decisions...what do i wear!