Do you celebrate Christmas? Christmas as in the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus? Christmas as in Santa and presents? Christmas as in family and friends and good will to all men? Christmas as in some time off work and parties and food and drink?
Christmas for me is a little bit of all of these things.
It's a time to be reminded that I am loved by God.
It's a time to give and receive presents.
It's a time to share with family and friends.
It's a time to enjoy some special foods and have a few drinks and relax and have a laugh.
This year we hosted Chris' side of the family on Christmas Day. I was a bit hesitant at first, having never hosted the in-laws for such an important family event! It turned out, however, to be a very nice day.
It was particularly heartwarming for me to see the generosity of family members in terms of how much food and drink they brought along to contribute to the dinner, and the joy everyone got from giving gifts to one another.
We had beautiful weather on Christmas Day which meant that we could spend a lot of time out of doors. Chris was in charge of the barbie, and we also enjoyed cold ham, prawns and salads.
All in all, we enjoyed a relaxing and happy day.
I hope that, whatever you celebrate, you also have had an enjoyable holiday season.