What to do when your family isn't into celebrating Christmas | 9Lives
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When I was younger, celebrating Christmas was a big friggin’ deal. We used to celebrate on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We’d have the biggest Christmas tree and loads of presents placed underneath it. My entire family would come from all over to visit us in Stilbaai. We’d have lavish dinners and lunches and we’d sing Christmas carols around the table.

As time passed, the celebrations dwindled to a point where we stopped celebrating Christmas altogether. I’m a very big fan of Christmas and going all out with celebrations, so naturally, I find my family’s new tradition of not doing anything utterly depressing. So, what’s a crazy Christmas gal like me supposed to do when you live with the Grinch and Co.?

This year I decided to hell with it! I’ll be celebrating one way or the other. I’ve convinced i.e. forced, my mother and sister to participate this year, but we’re keeping it small and simple for their sake.

Here’s my “Let’s Make Celebrating Christmas A Thing Again” Itinerary:

Date: 24 December 2019
Time: Afternoonish

Buy Christmas decorations, Christmas themed snacks, and booze.

Date: 24 December 2019
Time: Afternoonish, Post Shopping

Hang up decorations and try to make the house as Christmassy as possible. Put on my Christmas music playlist for ambience. Get Christmas snack platters ready and make Christmas-themed cocktails.

Date: 24 December 2019
Time: Nighttime

Gather mother and sister, sit together, eat Christmas snacks, listen to Christmas music and talk about the magic of Christmas. Play a few board games and drive around to look at Christmas lights (unless, you know, loadshedding) while we wait for the clock to strike twelve.

Date: 24 December 2019
Time: Midnight

GIVE AND OPEN GIFTS! Scream “Merry Christmas” at everyone, feel the magic of Christmas.

Date: 25 December 2019
Time: Morning

Scream “Merry Christmas” at everyone again. Wear a Christmas-themed headband (with lights and all) and force everyone else to do it, too. Turn on Christmas music and get cooking.

Date: 25 December 2019
Time: Brunch-ish

Time to feast! Gather around the Christmas table and eat the delicious food I have prepared. Laugh and talk about the joys of Christmas.

Date: 25 December 2019
Time: Afternoon

Time for movies! Watch all the Christmas-themed movies available on Netflix, despite having seen them all already in the last month leading up to Christmas. Spend the entire day together as a family.

So, this is what I have in store for my family this Christmas. From what I remember as a child, however, is that Christmas never went according to plan, and from what I’ve learnt over the years not celebrating Christmas is that it really isn’t about what you do, but who you are with, and that’s really all that matters.

I hope you’ll be celebrating Christmas the way you like to! Let me know what some of your Christmas traditions are or whether you don’t really celebrate it either in the comments below.

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