I didn’t make or mail any Christmas cards to friends this year, which means I didn’t send cards to any readers of this blog either. Late last week I was trying to design a card but as we got closer and closer to Christmas I realized that the cards would not arrive on time. I received some cards in the mail from people more organized than me, but instead of making myself feel bad, I sent each person a message, thanking them for their card, and wishing them a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014. I’ll be better prepared next year.
With less than 48 hours before Christmas, I haven’t purchased a single gift, nor have I begun to brainstorm gift ideas. I don’t have too many people to buy gifts for, just my immediate family (parents and three siblings) and sometimes my friends’ children, but I’ll keep it to family this year, unless I’m struck by some great inspiration. I’m baking and decorating cookies for the family that organized that singles event I attended in August; follow me on Instagram to see how they turn out—I should be posting some pictures of my creations today or tomorrow.
How my family and I celebrate Christmas
On Christmas Eve, we attend the 5:30pm service at our church. After that, we come back to my parents’ house and I set up a station to do my Boxing Day shopping. My greatest weakness is deals and there are a couple of stores that start their Boxing Day sales on Christmas Eve, but these are online sales only. After that, I wrap any remaining gifts with my sister and we stay up late, gisting and being silly. I sleep over at my parents’ place that evening.
On Christmas morning we all wake up late in the morning, with the exception of my parents, who will have woken up earlier to put the turkey in the oven for its long roast. Some of us manage to eat breakfast, we say a prayer (led by my dear daddykins), then we open presents. We usually have Christmas music playing in the background and it’s usually a fun time. After we open gifts everyone goes their separate ways—some watch tv, hang out in their rooms, or just relax. We then meet again for a delicious dinner, which is usually the traditional North American meal of roast turkey with cranberry sauce (no sauce for me, please!), mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing (my absolute favourite), green veggies of some kind (asparagus is my favourite), dinner rolls, and sometimes one or two more side dishes. Since I don’t tend to help so much with the cooking, I’m the cleanup crew.
Around midnight I’ll go to the one store that opens at midnight for Boxing Day sales and see if they have anything worth buying (last year I came home empty handed, but the year before I got some great deals on gifts for friends I was seeing after Christmas). I then return to my parents’ house and sleep for a few hours before waking up just before 7am for the real Boxing Day sales. By the time I get home, five or six hours later (I know, I have a problem), my family is awake and I’m ready for a nap! For the rest of the week I either sleep at my parents’ house or come over to visit daily, because I have the time off from work. I’m so thankful for this as it allows me to spend time with family and friends.
This is the first Christmas that my brothers are traveling home for Christmas (one brother lives in the city, so it’s not a big deal, but the other is coming home by bus from about 5 hours away), so I’m curious to see if that impacts how we celebrate.
I love hearing what people’s traditions are for Christmas, so please indulge me:
- Who will you celebrate Christmas with?
- What will you do?
- Do you exchange gifts?