The very lovely Becky over at BabyBudgeting has shared what Christmas means to her, and asked a selection of other bloggers, myself included to join in and say what Christmas means to us. I’m doubly lucky because I’ve also been tagged by my friend Lindy over at Squidgyboo as well. There’s just one catch, we must limit ourselves to just one paragraph. So here we go with what Christmas means to me:
Christmas is the calm at the end of the storm that lasts throughout the month of December. A storm of my own making, as I try to find the perfect presents for loved ones, ensure cards are sent out, and sort out arrangements so that there’s nothing to worry about when the day rolls around. I spend a lot of time planning and preparing because when Christmas arrives I want everything to be ready and perfect. I want to be able to kick back, relax, not worry about work and spend time with the people who matter the most to me. I’m not religious, so the holiday has no special meaning for me in that regard. To me, very simply, Christmas means home and family. I am lucky in that most of my family live locally, so we can see them all on Christmas day, and there’s no extended discussions about where we spent Christmas last year and whose “turn” it is for us to visit this year. I’m an only child, so Christmas whilst I was growing up was usually just me, my Mum and my Dad. Now it’s me, the geekdaddy and the kids, my sister-in-law and her family, my Mum and my Mother-in-law. Not all at the same time, as none of our houses (and more importantly dining tables!) are big enough to accommodate us all! But over the course of the one day we see all of them, and exchange presents. And still have time to be home for tea and some lazing in front of the television. Warmth, smiles, good food, presents, relaxing and just being with family. That’s what Christmas means to me.
I’m going to break the rules slightly, because as well as my paragraph I would like to share a video which appeared in my Facebook timeline today whilst I was preparing for this post. I love Tim Minchin’s work, and he’s managed to capture a lot of what Christmas means to me in this beautiful song (although our Christmas is more like sipping hot chocolate by the fire than sipping white wine on the beach, but never mind!)
To finish I would like to tag some other bloggers to tell us about what Christmas means to them. They are