The minute hand has just passed 12, and a new day has arrived! Happy December 25th, everybody!
I can remember, at this very time, at this very date, around 6 years ago, I would still be wide awake (a rare occurrence for at that time) opening up Christmas presents underneath the Christmas tree.
7 to 8 years ago, I would be doing that together with the neighbours and kids, who would come visit and exchange gifts. We would all then go outside to play with sparklers.
Christmas these past few years however have been pretty much ordinary days for me and the family. A declining financial situation here at home meant that we could no longer afford the money and time for Christmas. Our old, faithful Christmas tree had long since been sold away. Nobody buys anybody presents. After having a western lunch at home together, the family breaks off to do their own things on Christmas day like attend friends’ Christmas parties. At this point it would be pointless for me to have a Christmas wish list because there’d be no point.
It may be a pretty dreary image I’m painting, but I’ve learnt to live with it. If you’ve got presents to open, turkey and log cake to eat, a Christmas tree to take down a few days later, feel lucky for yourself. Remember the people out there who don’t get to celebrate Christmas like you. :|