What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas has always been my favourite holiday although I’m not religious. I have always loved the traditions whether it be Christmas Carols in the park, special food , decorating the tree or choosing and wrapping gifts (getting them is nice too.)
What types of food is associated with your holiday?
It is summer (supposedly) in my part of the world so Christmas lunch for many Australians is a much more casual affair and often held outdoors. Some people will have a barbecue either at home or even at the beach.
I’m British though so I like the traditional roast dinner and all the trimmings. That was difficult in South Australia where the summers are hot but a lot easier to enjoy in Tasmania where it is usually cooler.
I’ve been lucky to experience both versions of Christmas when we lived in Adelaide, seafood, cold meats, salads and a few glasses of wine with David’s family who are all Aussies and a roast dinner followed by my home-made Christmas pudding with my mum when she was with us and my sister. I also love rich fruit cake and mince pies which I only eat at this time of year.
Do you travel for your holiday?
Not any more. David and I used to spend all of Christmas day visiting first one family and then the other but that was only around the suburbs. I don’t travel out-of-state for Christmas. Naomi and I have talked about going on a Christmas cruise but when it comes down to it we would miss our pets who are a big part of our Christmas celebration. They all have presents under the tree too.
Is it a religious or spiritual holiday?
Not for me. I do like Christmas Carols and have occasionally been to a local Christmas carols service but while I know what Christmas is meant to be about I probably think of it more as a time of goodwill generally than following a specific religion.
Is there a gift exchange?
Absolutely. I’ve always liked to shop for presents and Naomi and I enjoy finding something that the other really wants. We like the element of surprise so even though these days we’ll ask “What do you want?” there will always be a small “surprise” item as well. As I mentioned our pets are not forgotten and there is a selection of wrapped dog and cat toys and treats waiting for them although we will probably enjoy unwrapping them more than the pets will. It’s nice to exchange small gifts with friends too just as a gesture of friendship.
How long does the celebration last?
For us, just Christmas Day although the leftovers will last longer. Boxing Day, the day after Christmas is a holiday too. I usually spend it watching the start of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the first day of the Test Match on television.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Well obviously I am looking forward to Christmas. Naomi and I will do our celebrating on Christmas Eve as she has to go to work on Christmas Day. We’ve not seen each other for several weeks so I’m looking forward to the day. I’m looking forward to the week after Christmas when I will have a week off from the Op Shop and will go to Hobart to see the yachts arrive as I always do. I do the same things at this time every year but I like it that way.