So, Christmas is only a month, 4 weeks andÂ 1 days, away and here I am, all excited about the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with my family.
There is nothing in the world that I want to do more for the holidays… and yet, I keep coming across people – online and offline – who are dreading the holidays, don’t want to spend time with their families, and are generally disgruntled for having to pretend to have a good time when in fact, they’re not….
To be honest, I feel truly sorry for them. And yes, I know how lucky I am that there is no such feeling connected to the holidays for me.
Christmas has always been a special time for me and my family.
Is it stressful? Yes. Do we get hung up on insignificant things sometimes? Absolutely. But overall, I feel that Christmas is a time where we all come together and everybody feels happy and content that we can spend time together :)
There is no dispute about presents (Christmas is not all about the presents, you know ;)), everybody contributes to the overall success of our gatherings and I’ve never felt any tension between family members when we get together.
It’s all just nice and pleasant and very, very special.
In Germany, we celebrate Christmas Eve.Â Here’s our little routine. On the 24th, IÂ start decorating our Christmas tree in the morning while my sister sets up the nativity set. Then I help my Mom set the dinner table and start cooking Christmas dinner. (While we’re doing this, we light candles, put on some Christmas music or a Christmas movie on TV and snack on the Christmas cookiesÂ everyÂ now and thenÂ ;))
At 5 p.m. we usually go to church and then afterwards meet back at my parents’ house with my great-aunt and granddad. In the last couple of years, my Mom also invited my aunt (her sister) and my cousin Basti, as well as one of her cousins for Christmas Eve dinner. It’s nice to celebrate with a larger group of people.
We exchange our presents, we eat, we talk and just simply enjoy each other’s company. The night usually lasts untilÂ well after midnight.
Christmas day is not as big in Germany as it is in the US, but we usually see other family members that we don’t see on Christmas Eve, like other aunts and uncles, cousins and in-laws. (Well, granted, in my case that is NOT possible, but you get the idea). And then, we also get a 2nd Christmas Holiday in Germany (on the 26th)Â which is really nice and usually a day to “recuperate” from the two previous days ;)
Maybe now you understand why I am looking forward to the holidays with my family!
How do you feel about Christmas? And what do you traditionally do over the holidays?