During the festive season, I am always grateful for the chance to spend time with my family. This year the togetherness began on Christmas Eve with dinner. The tree was up, the shopping had been completed, the menus planned, and the time had been set aside by all members of our unit.
Dinner was a leisurely affair with no gaps in the conversation. After dinner, it is our tradition to begin the series that we will watch together during this time of the year. This year, we were determined to finish watching The Legend of Korra. After clearing dinner, the five of us sat in our places on the sofa and began watching. As a family, we continued to watch the anime on Christmas Day as well as on Boxing Day.
Christmas morning was spent, en famille, around the Christmas tree. Together we opened the gifts that we had found for one another. The skies were grey but inside our living room, joy abounded. What I remember of that Christmas morning is laughter and a sense of togetherness.
The sense of togetherness continued throughout Christmas Day and into the next day. Boxing Day saw us get up early and go shopping for items on our list: laptop, microwave, printer, winter boots, winter jackets. By 10am we were home eating breakfast. After our tummies had been filled, we settled on the sofa to continue watching Korra’s story.
On 27 December, my family and I celebrated my birthday. We ate a buffet lunch at a local restaurant and enjoyed the treat of eating out together. Afterwards we walked home and felt for the first time the nip of Winter. Brrr! we did not linger outside and arranged ourselves on the sofa with a cup of tea in our hands to finish the anime series.
On 28 December, my family accompanied me to watch the latest episode in the the Star Wars saga. It is not often that we all go to the cinema together and it was fun to do. I enjoyed the movie and cannot wait for the next episode to come out!
My husband, children and I spent four complete days together: we ate at the table, we chatted, we watched a series together, we went out as a family. This week I am grateful for the opportunity to do this; and the willingness of all family members to spend their time with one another.
What have you been grateful for this week?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
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