It's sad but true, Christmas has become the overhyped holiday that people either absolutely love or absolutely hate. Although I thought I was relatively subtle about it, I've been told by various people that I seem like a rather christmas-obsessed person (lightly phrased). So apparently I get more excited around this time than others but it's not just because of the typical 'christmas events'. Rather, it's the guarantee that Christmas brings. I come from a family filled with traditions, most of which I absolutely love. Going home for Christmas essentially means that I'm promised to have at least one week filled with festivities and events I know I'll enjoy with the people I love.
Being the youngest and studying at university means I don't see my family that often. My siblings are both abroad and working and my half nationality means I only get to see the rest of my family once or twice a year (Christmas is one of those times). I feel quite lucky to be able to say that I really get along with my direct family, and usually look forward to seeing them.
There are always a few tell-tale signs that remind me of the fact that I'm home. Maybe I'm the only one who has this, but I've really come appreciate the things that used to feel so normal when I still lived at home. First, we live right next to the forest so I wake up to view of fully grown trees. I can already hear some lively conversations in the kitchen downstairs. Struggling to leave my cosy bed, I carefully step on the cold tiles with bare feet, down the noisiest stairs I've ever heard, only to be met by the busy family chaos in the warm kitchen. The fire is usually already lit, the christmas songs playing while the smell of homemade bread reminds me of the fact that I can eat more than half a piece of leftover bread in the deepfreeze (like university). I go back upstairs to get dressed, usually a piano, flute, trumpet or general singing/whistling can be heard in the background (you try to sing along but it's usually for practice reasons so you end up hearing the same melodic line over and over and over again).
Everyday is filled with festive activities, whether it's making christmas wreaths, baking minced pies, going for a cosy walk, visiting a bunch of christmas markets, stuffing ourselves with chocolate bought at the factory nearby or playing games. We always do the same things at Christmas, not because we have to but because 'it's tradition' (probably the most used word around this time of year in our family). In fact, last year it reached a stage where I created a Christmas To-Do list which included my hour long christmas quiz, taking family pictures and playing the mandatory game of Halo with my brother on his 10 year old Xbox (not festive, but a tradition nonetheless). It may be random but after a while these things just become yearly traditions that make Christmas feel so much more special.
Some of my friends still don't understand. They see christmas as a formal, boring event filled with festive 'requirements' but it's important that Christmas doesn't just evolve around that particular day. Christmastime can actually last about 3 weeks and can definitely be filled with some fun family activities. So if you're feeling festive, get the family together and play some boardgames, that's as simple as it can be. Merry Christmas!
I'm a university student who loves to keep themselves busy with anything but university work. I also enjoy looking like a banana as you can tell from all the yellow coat pictures. I've somehow managed to turn into a music and photography geek. I'm not entirely sure how that happened but let's just go with it. That seems to be my life motto at the moment.