Hello and Happy Christmas!!! The presents are wrapped, the fridge is stocked, the tree is twinkling and all is merry and bright round our way...
For a lot of people Christmas is a time of continuing family traditions. But some people don't like it at all, or don't get on with their families. When I was little we lived quite an unconventional life; my Mum actively rejected a lot of traditions - including Christmas. It was acknowledged but not really celebrated, which was hard mainly because it was yet another way that we were 'different', and being too different can be difficult when you're small and trying to fit in. I understand her reasons for not wanting to spend all day with people she didn't feel comfortable with, or make a martyr of herself in the kitchen by slaving over food she doesn't even like. But I did wish we could find our own way of making Christmas a special time.
And that's what we do now. I suppose the advantage of growing up without traditions is that we can invent our own, without fear of offending or disappointing anyone by not doing things 'their way'. So we have a tree, and decorations - and we go to F's parents on the day, who are the opposite of my Mum in many ways...so I get the best of both worlds...no pressure from my side of the family, and a lavish Christmas spread that I don't have to cook!
Christmas is not always an easy time for people, but at its best it's a time to reconnect with those close to us and bring some brightness into these short dark winter days. So however you choose to spend the festive season, I hope you enjoy it.