Christmas is kind of more significant this year since I'm leaving on 5th January, when it's still Christmas. So my works Christmas meal will also be my leaving do!
My favourite thing about Christmas is, erm not the birth of our Lord Jesus, or a pagan festival of midwinter but lots of yummy food and sparkly things. And the smell of Christmas trees, and the decorations you've had since you were 4.
I think I like Christmas eve better then the big day. Love all the getting things ready, wrapping presents, Getting teary-eyed over The Snowman and then going out to the pub.
This year I am going to make an extra big effort not to fight with my brother (happens every year)or swear at the dinner table, and to keep my cool with my parents annoying habits. I will spend quality time with them and cope with them not having Sky TV. I will!
for me Christmas starts on christmas eve in work, wearing red santa hats, finishing early, swapping kris kindle gifts - always very funny, meeting friends for a few drinks and funny stories, waking up early on christmas morning to see what santa brought, getting to see all my family who are normally scattered everywhere during the year, differences get shoved into the past over more drink and too much food, christmas dinner seems to last for days, heading to my grannies on st stephens days for her famous mince pies and coctails in front of a roaring log fire that keeps all the cold at bay........ emmmmmmm
Well, as in Australia, our Christmas is VERY hot!!! It's funny that the decoration in the houses and shopping malls, they put some white powder to fancy snow...hehehe....
Anyway, neither my father nor my mother have brothers or sisters....so my hole family is composed of 5 people...all grown up, so we don't have children around anymore...My christmas has never been all this party and fun...
What do people with such a small family can do for Christmas?? I really don't know....
am sad. it's going to be the first year i don't get to celebrate christmas as it's not really observed by the Chinese. Christmas back home is a huge deal and people start preparing for it right after All Saint's Day (Nov. 1) this year, i've to go to work on christmas eve AND christmas day.
I like a good bbq around Christmas time Ditto to others on the shopping - I can't stand it !! But sitting down for the day and stuffing your face with food isn't so bad
You guys have touched upon my favourite topic!
There are so many things that I love about Christmas, but to be honest, the best thing about it is the lights. I think the best thing is to curl up in your sweats, drink tea and stare at a beautifully decorated Christmas tree! There's also a great street in downtown Montreal (McGill) that puts white lights on all it's trees during the holidays. And at the end of the street there's a Christmas tree all made of white lights(At Place Ville Marie)! It's so great to sit there when it's snowing lighly and just take in the holiday.
That said, I think I'm on of the only people who likes holiday shopping! I try and get most of my stuff done early, but I don't mind going out on Christmas eve and facing the crowds. I see it like a challemge. Who will get that last pair of leather gloves, or who will get that last copy of the book you know your friend wants! I think the best thing about Christmas shopping is finding the perfect gift for someone; something that you know they will love!
Even though I'm in my twenties, I still love sleeping late on Christmas morning, sitting under the tree with my mom and opening gifts (they could be socks for all I care, it just brings be back to the days of yore, lol). Then at noon we have breakfast!
Xmas for me is great too..... this is gonna be my first one away from my family and away from home but of course its gonna be great and hot for a change!
usually it goes a little like this:
My sisters birthday is on Xmas eve and a loads of mates go out for dinner and we end up out in a nightclub until 12am when everyone is stupidly merry and jumping around saying 'merry xmas' and kisses are flying about.... Then me and my sis attempt to make it home in the freezing hold with no taxis around laughing at how amusing it is.
Then finally make it home and sneak into the house trying not to wake the parents..... wake up really early (approx 6am!) by my brother who is really excited about the fact its xmas. I moan for a while about my hangover.... my dad makes me tea.... we all go downstairs in the dark and open up the pressies, laugh at all the funny ones - play with any games that we get. I realise i am extremely hungover and try to escape back to bed. get told i am not allowed to go back to bed and must help peel tatties!
about 20 relatives turn up - drinking begins - i feel fine now! loads of food gets eaten - lots of silly dancing goes on - lots of men fall asleep on sofas in their pointy paper hats! i eat more chocolate...
i will miss it this year for sure....
Merry Xmas to all....
lots of men fall asleep on sofas in their pointy paper hats!
I actually have a question about the Christmas paper hats in the UK: where did that tradition stem from? I've seen it in british movies and stuff, but never really understood it!
I didn't know it was only us that had paper hats?
Every Christmas cracker (assuming other places have those) must have a flimsy paper hat inside, as well has a bad joke and some un-identifiable plastic novelties. Its the law. Generally a brightly coloured tissue paper crown. And you have to wear them all day (usually they fall apart before you've finished pudding)If you don't you are a miserable scrooge.
As for where it stems from? I think its just about getting in a party spirit and looking festive and colourful. And just because they're in the crackers. I doubt there's any deep meaning to it!
Its so true though, my Dad always falls asleep with his hat on.
We have Christmas Crackers here at my Christmas in Toronto. Of course, I am only 2 generations removed from the UK, so maybe that's why.