This month my Timeless Thought is going to be about Christmas.
Growing up, Christmas was a big deal in our house. My Dad and I aren’t religious and were never baptised and my Mum is a lapsed Catholic but that didn’t matter.. it was never about religion for us anyway and more about having fun, giving and receiving presents and my Mum always really liked putting up the tree. Even if you would find little plastic leaves and strings of Tinsel around the house for the next 6 months.
I don’t remember too many early Christmases, not the actual day anyway, mostly I just remember Christmas by presents and not year. There was the year I got my BMX, the year when I was older and got a different bike, the year I got coloured pencils with my name on them for school (I was not so impressed that year) and all of the years where I had a massive stocking stuffed with gummy bears. Santa was the one who brought the gummy bears, I pretended to believe in him for a few years after I had worked it out because of them – who can resist gummy bears!
As I got older I remembered the lunches (it was always Christmas lunch for us), if it was at our house we would try and convince everyone a bbq was the best thing because then you didn’t have a Turkey in the oven in the middle of summer – I never understood why that is a tradition here.. why is Turkey a Christmas tradition at all? And the family (and a few strays) would come around and we would stuff ourselves with various kinds of meats and roast vegetables (I always loved the potatoes) and chocolates and chips and drink until we could drink no more.
As the years went by Christmas wasn’t as fun any more, there was none of that childlike excitement and many of the people that used to come around moved away. Add to that, my parents getting divorced (and later cutting my Dad out of my life) and there wasn’t much left of the Christmas of old and, eventually, I didn’t really mind.
These days there are no decorations or a tree but there is the Christmas lunch, dinner or brunch depending on which family can be fit in where and a few gifts given and received but mostly, for me, it’s about having a few days off and relaxing at home. For 2015 on Christmas day, we didn’t have to be anywhere until dinner time and it was nice to not have to rush about thinking about where we had to be and what we had to bring and simply just enjoy pancakes for breakfast and lounging on the couch in a Chocolate induced coma. Maybe this can be my new Christmas tradition.