5 days until Christmas! My attitude towards Christmas has been rather different this year. It’s something that’s been on my mind over the last few weeks as we entered the festive season. I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m ‘grown up’ now, who knows, but I thought I’d share my feelings in case anyone else is in the same boat.
My family is not religious, yet we, like many families, still celebrate Christmas. Decorations, food, presents, family gatherings, games, music and films. That’s all part of this time of year for me. I love it.
We only put the Christmas tree away yesterday…
As much as I look forward to the festivities, it’s taken longer for the excitement to kick in in 2018. One thing that’s had an impact is getting older, and with that, time going by faster. In my house, we measure how quickly the year has passed by the putting up and down of the Christmas tree. It feels like only yesterday that we were decorating the house for Christmas 2017.
I think I am in denial that 365 days have flashed by and that’s why I’ve not soaked up the Christmas cheer until this last week. It’s a real wake-up call that time is precious and you have to live in the moment.
All grown up…
A magical part of Christmas is, of course, Father Christmas. Now that everyone is older in my family, there are no little kids rushing to their stockings in the morning (well, there’s still stockings, but a lie in is more important these days). Toys as presents are no more, and instead gifts of choice are items needed for survival, whether that’s something for a new home or extra money to support student living. I’m also in that stage when I know I’m going to be living at uni next year, so I won’t have to space to take lots of ‘stuff’ with me.
Enough with the bah humbug!
I bet you’re now thinking that I hate Christmas.
Oh no. I’ve just realised that my attitude towards the occasion has changed.
What’s important now and what I cherish about Christmas is the fact that it brings everyone together. The magic is not waking up as a kid desperate to see what ‘Santa’ has brought you. The magic is being with family, relaxing and having fun, eating good food (Xmas dinner = best meal ever), and living in the moment, surrounded by the warming glow of the lights on the Christmas tree.
What does Christmas mean to you? Has your attitude changed now you are older?
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