What’s Your Christmas Wish?
It’s quiet in the Feeger household. No cats are stirring, and all is still.
There’s no Christmas snow outside in Tasmania. Just a mild, almost warm breeze outside. How different Christmas is around the world.
Last Christmas Eve we were in New York for the first time. It was bitingly bitter (though no snow – that came by the blizzard load shortly afterwards) and everything pretty much shut by 5.00pm. So much for the city that never sleeps! Perhaps NYC just needed a little nanna nap.
Around the city streets shopfronts and giant displays presented a clear statement: it’s Christmas.
Just a week earlier we saw skaters outside around the Macy’s Christmas tree in San Francisco too – doing their own West Coast version of Christmas celebration.
But on mainland Australia, Christmas is often hot – even tropical. Blisteringly so. Yet, for the sake of traditions, come Christmas most Aussies don’t mind having things both ways with traditional British Christmas fare plus the Aussie pleasures of prawns, barbecues, salads, and ice-cream.
So how about you? What is Christmas like where you live? How do you celebrate? Does Christmas come on the eve of the 24th for you? Or does it all happen bright and early on the morning of the 25th? Maybe it might even happen at another time altogether.
Do you celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas? Or do you just have fun celebrating Christmas with friends and family? For many who have grown up with this significant Christian tradition it’s typically a celebration of both.
I’d like to tell you about our personal Christmas customs. About the Christmas tree pest, the balding tree in a box, and the slightly confused fusion of Christmas, German and Australian style, here in our home. But I won’t right now, for the hour is now much too late, or really too early. Plus, it’s Christmas, and well, we should all be spending time with family and friends, or simply being with someone else in person, rather than rambling on the Internet.
Whatever your Christmas turns out to be, I do wish you well at this time. You deserve love, warmth, acceptance, and happiness, which the Season brings sharply into focus. But if you have precious little of any, decide to give a generous heap of each to others over the next twelve months. Call it your Christmas investment. Then, come next Christmas, you can expect to have an abundant supply of all to enjoy too. Give it and, like a boomerang, it will come back to you.
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