Welcome to Day 8 of Blogmas!
I’ve seen a few people do this post and it was something I really wanted to do.
Christmas has always been such an important time for me. I’ve just always looked forward to Christmas, every year, and somehow always with the same amount of excitement now I’m 19 as when I was 9. I’ve never really sat down and thought about what Christmas actually means to me so that’s what I want to do today.
When I was younger, Christmas for me meant fun, presents and family. We used to have pretty big family Christmases that spanned from at least the 23rd to the 28th, if not longer, and I had the whole time to play with my cousins. I’d be so excited for Christmas Day so I could get all of my presents and spend the next few days playing with them. We used to have so many traditions – the typical ones like leaving out a mince pie for Father Christmas and a carrot for Rudolph to ones more specific to my family like the adults doing secret santa for outfits and having to spend the rest of the day wearing the crazy things someone had bought them.
– Christmas 2007 – I’m the one with the biggest, cheesiest grin. If this doesn’t show how much I love Christmas, I don’t know what does! –
Now, our Christmases are quite a bit smaller. All the cousins are over the age of 12 so we don’t spend Christmas Day together and it’s usually my mum, step-dad, sister and me, sometimes our grandparents. However, Christmas is still about family for me. Now I’m at Uni, I don’t get to see my family as often and this year, it’s been about three months since I went home so Christmas is the time for me to see my family. Although we don’t really all play together anymore, now it’s more board games and Christmas films which I think I love even more. Christmas means spending time with my family.
As well as my family, Christmas is now so much more about spending time with my friends, too. Again, since being at Uni, I haven’t seen my friends from home for so long so Christmas is the time for us all to meet up for drinks and catch up. This is now such an important part of Christmas for me and it makes me even more excited for it each year.
As for presents, receiving them is so much less important to me. Obviously as a child, I’d spent hours scouring the Argos catalogue and was looking forward getting new toys! Now, I get so much more excited about buying presents for other people. I know a lot of people say this but I genuinely love it. I start planning the sort of presents I’ll get people around September time and I actually enjoy going Christmas shopping!
I think, overall, what Christmas means to me is happiness. It’s time spent with friends and family and I always have an overwhelming feeling of happiness that I associate with Christmas.
Christmas means so many different things to different people so I’d absolutely love to hear what it means to you and what you love about the festive season.