Merry Christmas, everyone! Chances are you won’t even see this post because you’ll all be off eating too much, opening presents, hanging out with family, and hopefully having a spectacular time. For some of you (possibly even like 90%) it won’t even be Christmas day yet. But that’s another advantage to living in New Zealand – we get Christmas before the rest of the world.
Right now I’m probably getting ready for Church, and after that we’re heading to my grandparents’ place for morning tea, and then it’s just around the corner to my Aunt and Uncle’s place where Christmas dinner/lunch will happen and the rest of the afternoon will be spent in a we-ate-too-much slumber. The kids will be playing outside with the dogs, the BBQ will be cooling off, the wine will be 3/4 of the way drunk, and the wrapping paper from the unwrapped presents will be scattered with happy abandon on all surfaces.
On Boxing Day we will do our usual family picnic, eating what’s left of the Christmas day food, and probably getting ourselves sunkissed, because all the sunblock that we’re all smelling of would have come off in the river. Toes will be stubbed on the rocks down by the gorge and the dogs will be wet, just like the children. The picnic will last all day, books will be read, games will be played, and memories will be made. That’s what we’re semi-planning anyway.
I hope that whatever you’re up to this Christmas that it’s an enjoyable one. If Christmas this year is going to be hard for you and/or your family, then I’m sorry. I’m sorry for this tough time of year for you, and I’m sorry for all the people who are way too cheerful around you. Know that my prayers are with you, and I hope that you can find a little glimmer of joy and wonder this season.
Always remember, as you do what we will do and unwrap presents and stuff our faces of delicious food, the real reason for the season. Remember that little baby boy, born to an unconventional, refugee family over 2 thousand years ago, and remember what he grew to be.
For unto us a child is born.
Merry Christmas, friends.