Togetherness and Love: Celebrating Christmas with Family
For somehow, not only for Christmas but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. – Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
Although this year’s Christmas may be different than this of the Christmas Past, Christmas remains and always will the celebration of love and family. Quite possibly the most magical time of year for those who celebrate it. For most of us, Christmas features fabulous festive traditions that are often passed down from generation to generation and usually involve decking those halls with a million and one boughs of holly.
For our own little bubble, Christmas this year is about noticing and appreciating the little things: what people do for you and what you do for them. It is putting thought into making moments cozy. We believe that everyone should think of Christmas as something that forces you to stop and enjoy the moment. It is the unapologetic emphasis on doing what makes you happy – and doing it a lot. Whether you like to cuddle on the sofa with a film or treat yourself to a long phone call with a friend and a hot chocolate, having fun at Christmas is entirely subjective and personal.
Warmth and Food
This Christmas is not about the parties. It is about celebrating the moments of ordinary things bearing extraordinary significance when shared with family and a fistful of friends. We love good food – wholesome, homemade, great-tasting food – and our Christmas this year will be full of delicious culinary traditions. As a way to slow down the moment, eating and drinking play a big role in every Christmas celebration during the season. So, what will be doing is cooking together a grand sophisticated meal, like we would do if we had guests over! We will be enjoying the process of cooking and eating, having fun with each other!
Every year up to now, we would spend Christmas with our extended family in the traditional way, large dinner, fairy lights, gifts and all! However, this year we’ll be doing something different. Here are a few suggestions for Christmas day’s special things. We will be trying them this year since we’re skipping parties!
– Read the novel we’ve been wanting to dive into for ages (or reread your all-time favorite). This one is a must for us, as we will be using the holiday season to finish our books and maybe read something different, too!
– Cook a decadent recipe we’ve been wanting to try. Best accompanied with our favorite radio station or podcast, and a glass of the tipple of our choice. We may even throw a zoom call with our friends in the mixture and we’ll have ourselves a treat!
– We’re trying hobbies we’ve been wanting to try for a while!
– Movie Marathon with the children!
– Board games and hot chocolate under the Christmas tree!
Decorating our hearts away
Holiday decorating — which is typically the lighting of lights in the dark winter — is totally needed this year! While the holidays will undoubtedly look different this year, taking the time to put up glittering ornaments, set your table with holiday linens, or finally buy that life-size nutcracker for your living room can help people feel more connected. Sharing the decorating experience with our family on Christmas Day gives something to look forward to, something that makes us happy, that makes us smile, and makes us feel giddy! For a lot of us, Christmas is a magical time, it’s a time of innocence, it’s a time of joy, and preserving its special character this year has been very important!
Focus on family members
We’re focusing on togetherness this year. We all are looking for a sense of connection to other people after feeling the effects of lockdowns and isolation. Talking by the fireplace, playing with the children, sharing gifts and hopes for the future – being present in the moment. We’re putting up the decorations for us, decorating for our family, throwing a big ol’ fancy dinner for us, opening up a bottle of champagne for us, having fun for us, together. We’re leaving worries behind and we trade them for a couple of days full of family fun and love. We are urging you to do the same.
Everyone indulges in the festive season in their own ways—some don fuzzy Santa socks and settle in for Bing Crosby movie marathons, others go all out on decorations and host parties (virtual ones count too!) and many engage in the time-honored tradition of…gift shopping—no matter how your circle celebrates, we’re hoping it’s a good one and you have the most fun! Merry Christmas dear friends! Let there be light and love!