Christmas is always a special time. For some people the most important aspect of Christmas is the religious origin of the festival. For others, the key is the opportunity that Christmas gives us to spend time with our families. And for others, of course (especially those under about 15 years old!), Christmas is about presents. It seems to me that all these aspects of Christmas are valid and important.
For myself, the family aspect comes first. My son is now 24 years old, but we still, as a family, do things on Christmas Day in the same ways that we have been doing since he was born. (Although I have to admit that he no longer comes into our bed to open his presents!) We still have our original gaudy green and red woollen socks that we each put out on Christmas Eve. We still have our family present-opening time early on Christmas morning (with carols from Kings College playing softly in the background). We still eat ridiculously large amounts at Christmas dinner - and then sleep for an hour or so afterwards to recover. And I could go on...
I hope you enjoy your own Christmas traditions and, of course, this December issue of the W2hen.
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