On Christmas Day

Our home was silent when I awoke on Christmas day. I followed our tradition and silently carried the gifts from their hiding places to put under the tree. A weak light filtered through the windows when I opened the curtains, bringing in a little light as I settled down on the sofa to drink a cup of tea, read, and wait for the children to wake up.

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Our Christmas tree on Christmas morning. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

At Mass the previous evening I had thought about the meaning of Christmas and what the day represents. I acknowledge that the day is a celebration of the birth of Christ but Christmas has come to mean more than this for me. It has come to mean family and, at this moment in my life, my family is represented by my husband and children.

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Ripped Christmas paper. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The Christmas holiday is a time during which we cocoon ourselves from the world and spend quality time together. The day begins with the unwrapping of gifts chosen carefully for the recipient. Homemade gifts are treasured as they are made from the heart. Then it is time for brunch. One thing we love to do is eat and chat around the table. I thrive on the chatter, the laughs, and shared moments. I treasure this time as I know in the future the children will have their own small families to spend the day with.

And then … movie time. A few years ago, we began this tradition when we watched each and every episode of the animation series Avatar: the Last Airbender (my review can be read here). This year I organised the trilogy Santa Claus brought out by Disney. We had many afternoon laughs while we watched the first film.

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My Christmas Star. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Dinner had to be made and this I did after watching Tim Allen play Santa. Roast chicken is a favourite, as is fried rice. For a salad I made a simple green one with tomato. Unlike previous years, I tried not to make too much food. We still had many leftovers, however, to feed the family on the next day!

I enjoyed our day: the laughter, the camaraderie, and the relaxation. The playing of Christmas carols in the background while unwrapping gifts, cooking and eating was a happy reminder for me why we celebrate Christmas – and added to the contentment I felt on this day.

How did you spend your Christmas day?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This Christmas post was intended for the day after Christmas but, unfortunately, we were not connected to the internet for a few days.) 

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31 thoughts on “On Christmas Day

  1. For the first time I can ever remember, my son was out of bed before me!!! I usually wait till ‘lights out’ then lug has large stocking to sit outside his bedroom door. As he’s now 24 and not prone to going to bed till late he outlasted me. I had a restless night (ha! ha! must have been Santa’s sleigh bells!) and must have gone sound asleep in the early hours. I woke with a start to hearing the bathroom door close and I scurried out of that bed so fast you wouldn’t believe! The stocking was in place and I was in the kitchen with the kettle on when he emerged. 🙂
    I then sit on his bed with a coffee while he ‘unwraps’.
    Very best wishes for 2015, Colline, and thanks for your lovely company.

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      1. We did and then we moved the party from Seattle, WA. to Birch Bay, WA.. Pics to follow soon. I’m not sure how we got to Amy, my name is Carla, but I’ll answer to Amy. Its a pretty name. 😉

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  2. Your Christmas sounds lovely! We spent ours in our new home, which was the perfect way to end a month of paperwork and packing. Plus, Bea’s at such a fun age for the magic of Christmas. Happy New Year!

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  3. Hi Colline, Merry Christmas! What a nice Christmas you had. For us, Christmas Eve is the big celebration. We have a 30year old Christmas tree in the garden, and usually celebrate there. It is just off the patio. We didn’t decorate the tree this year, because of rain, but had one inside. Santa came to visit and give out presents and the Grandies loved it! It was a superb evening of fun and laughter with the family.

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  4. Our Christmas day was far from quiet…our boys woke at 3 a.m.! It was a hoot though because they were so excited about the packages they received and eager to ride his new bike…we took our boys out at 7 a.m…begging them not to wake the neighbors! I thank you for reading my blog…you were one of my top 5 commenters! Thanks to people like you…I feel my words are not falling on empty internet space. 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…love the virtual snow by the way! Jenn

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  5. My parents always tried to be silent when they put out the gifts especially the ones from Santa. My sister and I always heard them. lol But we just pretended we didn’t. 🙂 I suppose my kids heard me too. But that is all part of the fun and excitement.

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