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.
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.
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.
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.)