Wishing you a …

Merry Christmas or Happy Jesus’ Birthday, and, in case I don’t blog again before then (because today is my last day in the office until 4th January), a fantastic New Year to all of my blog readers! Hopefully, I can pay my brother a visit and con him into getting off his computer long enough for me to post an entry at the very least once on 30 December (my 1st blogaversary).

Aside from all of the commercialism and cringe-worthy house decorations, this is a time of year that brings out the best (oh, alright … and the worst) in people. Let’s focus on the best …

We give gifts as symbols of God’s gift to us in the birth of Jesus Christ. In some families, gifts are given begrudgingly. In others they are given with wholehearted love and best wishes. We are sometimes given the opportunity to ask for something that our heart desires, and in my family, regardless of whether that wish is necessarily practical or realistic (case in point is the croquet set with stand that my mother searched all of Warrnambool, Colac, Geelong, and parts of Melbourne, for two years ago), we take great delight in being able to bestow that much-wanted gift upon other family members.

I’m looking forward to Saturday morning, when some of my immediate family will sit around the Christmas tree, and show each other how much we care. We might even let the dog into the “good” lounge to open his present. Later in the morning, we will visit an old neighbour to continue a 20 year old tradition of visiting on Christmas morning, even though we don’t live next door anymore and Mum can’t just pop over the fence back home to check on how the roast is coming along. There I will have my first champers of the day. Lunch will be a low-key affair, as my brother will have Christmas lunch with his fiance’s family, and my Mum, Step-Dad, little sister and I will probably spend the afternoon having a game of croquet, or on the N64 (nobody has asked for anything more current for Christmas since 2000 or so) or playing a good, old-fashioned board game. We will probably also play with whatever gifts we are given in the morning. I know that we will experiment with what I have got for my Mum – an earring making kit with all the trappings – and that will be very much lots of fun! In the early evening, my brother and his fiance will roll over from her family’s house and try to find room in their stomachs for another huge meal. My Uncle, Aunt and cousin will join us for dinner too. Before dinner, another round of gift-giving will take place. Corks will be popped, as will the bon-bons. Cheesy paper Christmas hats will be placed on our heads, and really bad jokes will be read aloud. We will all eat our fill and then go back for a little bit more. Desert will be, “Just a bowl of custard for me, thanks!”, and we will most likely end the evening traditionally … that is, competing fiercly in a game of some sort and laughing raucously at each other charading or drawing stick figures that look nothing like what they should.

May you find peace and well-being in your soul this Christmas, and see the beauty of God’s gift to humanity through the red and green forest of consumerism. Merry Christmas.


~ by pincushiondiary on December 23, 2004.

3 Responses to “Wishing you a …”

  1. Merry Christmas Trish!

  2. Ooh! Earring making kit! Awesome present! Have a great Christmas. XXX

  3. Merry Christmas to you and yours Trish. Hope tis a good one and 2005 a wonderful new year for us all!

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