A Beach Sunrise

Last Christmas we began our day a little differently to the usual. Instead of waking up, grabbing a cup of tea and gathering around the Christmas tree to open presents, we woke up early to watch the sun rise on the beach.

The morning was cloudy (it would actually rain quite a bit later that day) so the glory of the sunrise was hidden. However, the light shining from behind the clouds created a moody atmosphere.

Even though the sun was hidden, we did see the glorious colour of light erupting from behind the clouds.

When I looked in the other direction to where the sun was rising, I noticed the pink light colouring the clouds a little as well as the few visitors who had joined my family to watch the beginning of a new day.

Looking back towards the sun, the sea and the clouds seemed even more atmospheric as the sunlight hid behind the clouds.

As the sun began to rise in the sky, I realised that even though the view wasn’t what I had hoped for I was glad I had come out to the beach with my family to experience and celebrate an event that I don’t often see.

Seeing the sun rise on Christmas Day was the perfect way to think about what the day truly means. I enjoyed the change from our usual routine – a routine which we will return to on the next Christmas Day.

Where last did you watch the sun rise?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge.)

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

This year’s Christmas tree.

While waiting for my family to awake, I am sitting on the sofa reading and enjoying some quiet time in front of the tree. As I look at what is in front of me, I look forward to the opening of gifts. Not because I want to receive things, but because I enjoy the family camaraderie and the look on my family’s faces when they open a gift that they will enjoy. We have experienced some wonderful laughter in these moments, as well as some tears. I love Christmas for the family time that we spend together – a time that begins with brunch and then the opening of gifts.

Reading while waiting.

So I wait until all my family are ready. And while I wait I immerse myself in my current read. I look forward to to a relaxing day, even though I will be making Christmas dinner. As it is just the five of us, it is not stressful at all.

Enjoy your day with family and friends.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

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.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
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.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
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.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
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.)