Grateful for Winter Break

When 23 December came around, I was exhausted and had been counting the days, then hours, until the Winter break. The final preparations for Christmas were a bit rushed but it all came together nicely. Christmas day dawned and all was quiet in our home. Now that my daughters are teens, the day begins a little later than in the past. I enjoyed the moments of quiet before everyone was awake. I prepared a little brunch and then woke up my family. I enjoyed the sense of togetherness as we all sat around the table, chatting and laughing.

The sense of family continued for the rest of the day and spilled into the next two. Christmas day we exchanged gifts, participated in conversation, shared meals, and watched a movie.

The day after Christmas is traditionally a shopping day – and that we did together. The day after my family continues spending time together to celebrate my birthday. As always, we shared a meal together and then we went to see a movie – Rogue One, the latest Star Wars episode. This was my choice as I am a Star Wars fan – and have been since I saw The Return of the Jedi in the cinema with my great aunt.

The greatest gift to me during this period is the family time we have. I treasure it as I know it will not always be thus. My children will one day have their partners and the family dynamic will change.

After the New year, I visited the library – a must during any break I have. I came home with seven books and plenty to read during some downtime.

The first week of 2017, I spent my mornings sitting on the sofa enjoying the words that had been penned by some of my favourite authors.

During the past two weeks I have been grateful for the Winter break. I had family time, read a lot, and relaxed plenty. I am now ready to tackle the next school term.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Processed with RookieLast week:

Laura was grateful for a fresh start

Lavender Ladi was grateful for fuzzy socks

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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15 thoughts on “Grateful for Winter Break

  1. Grateful for the cold weather and the rain. It was inevitably brought by a typhoon but it went off without much destruction on it’s path. I miss reading Jude Deveraux and Nora Roberts. I remembered my high school library was full of them.

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  2. It sounds like you had a lovely break, Colline. You are so right. Enjoy your children while you can, because once they leave the nest, it is never quite the same. It’s been 15 years since our youngest left and I still haven’t recovered from the shock of an empty house. I miss the days of the guys coming home from school and coming into the house yelling, ” Hi Mom, where’s Greg (or Ryan or Todd). I miss the noise of their friends stopping by, the rows of shoes by the front door, someone excitedly saying, “hey, your mom baked cookies today!” The noise was music to my ears and the confusion, a balm to my soul. Yes, the noise and confusion return when they come home with their families, but when they leave, the house is too quiet, too empty.
    Your book haul is fantastic. You have many wonderful hours of reading ahead of you.
    Happy New Year, Colline. Hugs.

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    1. I am not looking forward to them leaving home Michelle. I shall miss their company and the joy they bring with them.
      I am on book 6 of the 7 I took out. Now I am back at school, my reading pace will slow down quite a bit.

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  3. Happy Christmas! Happy birthday! Happy New Year! What a lot of celebrations rolled into one. I agree that family time is the best time. And yes, family dynamics do change over time. My daughter has just moved 1200 kilometres away. I am going to miss our times together, but will look forward to catching up whenever we can.

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    1. Thank you Ruth. I was relaxed on my birthday – especially after the downtime I had the few few days before. The great thing about the Christmas period is that the race for deadlines is put aside for a while.

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  4. Hello happy face 🙂 You’ve new highlights in your hair. I love it! You made great use of that holiday. I am especially interested to know about fast metabolism food 🙂


    1. Not highlights Paula but grey hair showing through. I decided not to colour my hair 🙂
      The book on fast metabolism food is the last book I will read – which may be in a while as I now only read over the weekend. When I read it, I shall tell you all about it.

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