Merry Christmas!

Celebrating Christmas

Christmas has always been a grand fiasco in my family.  Everything is very traditional and predictable, but that doesn’t mean that it runs very smoothly.  The whole process is like a train struggling to climb up a mountain.  At the top of the mountain wonderful presents and a delicious feast are waiting.  But first you have to reach the top of the mountain.

One of the best parts about Christmas - and maybe the most stressful - is shopping for Christmas presents.  There’s nothing better than surprising your family and friends with thoughtful, well-chosen gifts.  Once you find the perfect gift, wrapping it and putting it under the tree are incredibly fun.  However, the shopping part usually takes several days - or weeks - until you can find that perfect present.  Then there’s always the risk that the person you’re buying the present for already has what you decide on buying.  That’s probably why the best people to shop for are your immediate family members and close friends.  Then you’ll have a pretty good idea of what they want or need.

The second most important part about Christmas is the Christmas dinner.  Although it does take a lot of work to get everything prepared, the end result is well worth it.  In Canada, I always enjoyed my mother’s oven roasted turkey for Christmas dinner, along with brussel sprouts, carrots, roasted potatoes, homemade gravy, and homemade cranberry sauce.  Either my mother or grandmother would always make a fruit cake or mincemeat pie.  On top of that, we would always have plenty of chocolates, mandarins (like mikans), and champagne (or sparkling apple cider for the children).

When the presents are opened depends on the family, but my family would usually choose one present to open on Christmas Eve and leave the rest for Christmas morning.  Because we had a big 8 foot tree in our living room, the best place to open presents was usually under the tree.

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