It has come to that time of year again when my sisters play the carols over and over and over again with no mercy.
It is also that time of year when there seems to be round after round of Christmas work parties, or end-of-year celebrations.
…and of course, the pretty Christmas lights and decorations. And carols. Bring on the carols!
Christmas, I find, often brings families together. No matter what family feud is going on, everyone congregates to Grandma and Pa’s for Christmas lunch. All the cousins are running around playing games, all the women are busy fussing over salads and food, and the men are cooking the meat, some having a few beers. In the background, there are carols being sung.
In the lounge room, the presents are all huddled together on the coffee table. The cousins (that basically means anyone under the age of 18) all take turns peeking at the tags on the presents to see which is for who.
My Grandmother tells us the story behind Christmas, and even the youngest listens. Well, for a little while.
After a lunch that could have fed an army, everybody hustles towards the present room. At first, there is absolute silence as the children wait anxiously for their long-awaited gifts. Then the fun begins, with loud, ripping noises and excited cries of thank-yous.
Then comes Boxing Day on the 26th, and everything is priced crazy cheap.
New Year’s Day is just around the corner, and everyone is quietly musing over New Year’s resolutions and thinking how different ‘2014’ sounds.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I am very excited about next year. The new lifestyles…I have finally landed myself a job, I’m quitting choir (sadly), new fitness program, and hopefully creating more time for myself to write.
The most exciting thing is…it’s a fresh year. No mistakes on my slate yet. It’s almost like I can breathe this fresh smell, and it smells like a wind that is SO fresh and new.
I wish you guys have a very Merry Christmas, and an Exciting and Fulfilling New Year!
P.S. While we are talking about carols, which is your favourite?