I love christmas. I really do. Despite being an atheist I love the whole tradition and celebration of family being together that it has always meant to me.
I reject the idea that you are either going to midnight mass to worship jesus or buying thousands of dollars worth of presents is the only way to celebrate the season. We do a few presents for the kids and donate a few to charity and there is not a mention of religion but we always have a great time. Christmas is a much looked forward to event in our household.
This year we are going to be busy. We are going interstate for a wedding so we will also have 2 big separate Christmases in Adelaide with Luke’s family. I was worried about packing toys, bringing toys home, kris kringle, Harper in huge groups & time to just sit & relax and enjoy our own tradition of christmas on a small scale. Also Tannah decided that she really didn’t want to go away for christmas-she felt really strongly about having our first christmas in this house at home with no one else.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to balance what I and the rest of my family wanted to do for christmas with what was actually going to happen. And, in spite of looking forward to going interstate and catching up with all the family, I was starting to get down on the whole idea.
But we came up with a solution.
Our official christmas day has been moved. Sunday the 16th has been declared as the big day.
The kids know that Luke and I are Santa and we don’t believe in Jesus so the actual date of the 25th December really has no more pull than any other.
Next Sunday Santa will leave a gift each under the tree and the kids will open all their presents. I’m going to the farmer’s market to pick up a chicken and a pork and I’ll do a hot lunch. I’ll make pudding for dessert and there will be bon bons. The kids will have all day to play with their new stuff. We’ll drive around after dinner and see the local houses that have done up their houses with lights.
It will be a christmas day like any other. But just for us.
Then I can spend the next few days preparing for our quick and busy camping trip to Adelaide. We’ll get really excited about the christmas parties we have planned with the family-not to mention the wedding! How I love a good wedding. Tannah will get the best of both worlds-the christmas she wanted at home and fun times with the extended family and their traditions.
And this year we are starting a new tradition. Our Own Christmas.