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Christmas memories #FridayReflections

Christmas is not something I’ve regularly celebrated. Back in India, Christmas day was just another excuse for a holiday. We had some upstairs neighbours who celebrated Christmas and every year, we’d go and wish them. It was an opportunity to drink some port wine {which back then, I didn’t take to!} and eat some food.

Then when I came to Australia in 2005, I realised just how big Christmas was. I also realised that everything shut down on Christmas day and in the days preceding it, the shops looked like the apocalypse was about to hit. My first Christmas in Sydney was spent with my friend C and her family. I was extremely touched at being invited to be part of her family and felt at home with them. Her mum cooked up a storm and there were laughs and fun all around.

There were other Christmases with The Ex — quiet ones as his family was not local. Since being with Mr Imperfect, Christmas has been either with his mum and stepdad or with his dad and half-siblings. It’s all usually casual and entertaining.

But funnily enough, the memories that do stand out to me are Christmas in 2012 and 2013. You see, I was single those two Christmases but more importantly, didn’t get invited anywhere in 2012 and backed out of one in 2013 due to needing to pack for a trip the next day. 2012 was actually a really good one. I went to the gym in the morning and then hit the beach. Wanda beach at Cronulla was spectacular and I had it almost entirely to myself {barring two or three other people}. I then got back home to the cats, blogged, ate, read, drank some wine and had an early night. And no, not once was I sad.

In 2013 however, the weather sucked which meant no chance of going to the beach. Somehow that year, even though it was a brilliant year, I noticed the absence of family. Because Christmas day is when everyone spends time with family. And I realised I didn’t have any here. And that as much as I had close friends, in the end, I was alone. I still spent time with the cats and looked on the bright side of not having the stress of Christmas that most people endure.

Since that year, I’ve had Mr Imperfect’s family to spend Christmas with. But ironically, before Christmas day, I still yearn to spend time at the beach with just me and a book for company.

Have you got any Christmas memories you’d like to share?

Do share!

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Prompts for this week:
1. What’s the meaning of Christmas to you?
2. Share some favourite Christmas memories
3. Favourite festival to celebrate
4. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou. Use this in your post or as an inspiration for your post
5. Picture Prompt (credit: Living my Imperfect Life)

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Wish you all a wonderful Christmas on the weekend and hope you get to spend it any way you want!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Parul Thakur
    23 December 2016 at 2:50 am

    Christmas to me meant cake and winter vacations. I love this time of the year but like you, we do not celebrate the festival. I was most overwhelmed when last year we saw the celebrations in Hong Kong. The city was so well decorated that we were mesmerized.
    Over the last few years, we have been enjoying Secret Santa at work and that is fun. This year, I am planning to keep a little tree and get gifts for friends in Bangalore. I hope I can do what’s planned 🙂 Have a lovely start to 2017, Sanch. XOXO
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  • Parul Thakur
    23 December 2016 at 2:50 am

    Christmas to me meant cake and winter vacations. I love this time of the year but like you, we do not celebrate the festival. I was most overwhelmed when last year we saw the celebrations in Hong Kong. The city was so well decorated that we were mesmerized.
    Over the last few years, we have been enjoying Secret Santa at work and that is fun. This year, I am planning to keep a little tree and get gifts for friends in Bangalore. I hope I can do what’s planned 🙂 Have a lovely start to 2017, Sanch. XOXO
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  • Linda
    23 December 2016 at 9:13 am

    Christmas to me means lots of fun with the kids in my classroom, but also a lot of hectic end of year sorting, report writing and paperwork at school. The actual day means family and friends, and spending time with those who count. This year I’ll be with my Mum in hospital, my partner’s family, and hopefully 2 other lots of friends at various times of the day. My brother lives in NSW so a phone call there as well! Merry Christmas! (:

  • Linda
    23 December 2016 at 9:13 am

    Christmas to me means lots of fun with the kids in my classroom, but also a lot of hectic end of year sorting, report writing and paperwork at school. The actual day means family and friends, and spending time with those who count. This year I’ll be with my Mum in hospital, my partner’s family, and hopefully 2 other lots of friends at various times of the day. My brother lives in NSW so a phone call there as well! Merry Christmas! (:

  • Nabanita
    23 December 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Growing up in Shillong, Christmas was big. I have some wonderful memories of that time. But like you, I would like nothing better than being alone and reading a book. 🙂
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  • Nabanita
    23 December 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Growing up in Shillong, Christmas was big. I have some wonderful memories of that time. But like you, I would like nothing better than being alone and reading a book. 🙂
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