It’s only 3 days until Christmas! Can you believe it? It always creeps up on us and boom there it is! This year has been a little crazy for me when it comes to Christmas organisation. I feel most unprepared. Going on an 8 day cruise in December kind of threw my usual timings out. Wouldn’t have given up that cruise for anything though. It was great!
I’ve found myself being rather bah humbug about Christmas the last few years. A bit of a scrooge I guess! It’s all a hassle – the expense, the shopping, the running around, the dragging out of the Christmas tree and decorations, the heat, and so on. I’m always glad when it’s over and find that I enjoy Boxing Day much more. It’s a quiet day. No running around. Opportunity to swim in the pool, have a nap. A day to look at all your new things and find homes for them. A day to eat leftovers. A day to relax!
Truth be told, I miss the magic of Christmas. To me, the magic of Christmas is brought alive by having little children in the house. My own kids have all grown up now. One has even moved out. They no longer believe in Santa Claus. We no longer put out the Christmas cake and beer for Santa and carrot and water for the reindeers. The kids no longer bound out of bed at the crack of dawn in excitement to discover what Santa may have left in their Santa sacks. They no longer write their letters to Santa which we would make a special trip into the city to post at Santa’s Mail Box @ King George Square. They usually tell me what they’d like for Christmas, so that element of surprise is diminished. I used to love watching their faces as they discovered one new thing after another as they made their way through their Santa sacks.
Maybe it’s time I recalibrated my expectations of Christmas. I thought I would come up with some words from each letter of the words ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ that might help me recalibrate. Before I do that though, we really should take a look at what the origin of the words Merry Christmas are! Have you ever thought about that? Wondered where the expression ‘Merry Christmas’ came from? I have and so I found out. I’m pretty sure most people would know that Christians believe that 25 December is the birth date of Jesus Christ, hence Christmas day. What people are less likely to know is that there is an expression ‘To make Merry’, which means to be joyful, celebrate, and be in general good cheer. So Merry Christmas implies that people should Make Merry and enjoy in the celebration of his birth.
So Christmas is supposed to be joyful and celebratory! Here are the words I came up with. I have my interpretation but I’m sure everyone’s interpretation of the words might be quite different.
M – Mothers, Merry
E – Eat, Energy, Elation, Exchange
R – Relatives, Receive, Ritual
R – Rudolph, Reindeer
Y – Yield, Yawn, Youth
C – Children, Caring, Carols
H – Holiday, Happy
R – Reunion, Rest, Revel
I – Invite, Inspiration
S – Sing, See, Smile
T – Time, Treats, Treasure, Together, Tradition, Tree, Turkey
M – Moments, Marvel, Mistletoe
A – Active, Articulate, Assemble
S – Sharing, Santa Claus
So what have I surmised after the exercise above? I’ve realised that the whole Christmas season thing can be tiring, expensive and somewhat annoying but that I need to find more joy in the process and stop wishing it all over.
To find the magic and joy in Christmas again, I think I need to practice a bit more gratitude around Christmas – for example: be grateful to be alive, have family, for the abundance of food, for gifts, for being able to afford to give gifts, etc. I will also try to be more mindful – enjoy the traditions and rituals, enjoy and soak up the moments with relatives (particularly the elderly), enjoy the joy I see in the children. Embrace the quirks and nuances of family members. Laugh and relax. A nice new summer dress to wear for Christmas dinner is another great idea to help bring some excitement and magic to the day. Every girl loves to wear a new dress! 🙂
Are there any words you would add to MERRY CHRISTMAS? Let me know in the comments!
MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! Have a safe and wonderful day.
Ciao for now,
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