“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” ― Garrison Keillor
Christmas is one of those occasions where you either love it or you hate it and there are very few people who are in between. I am very much part of the in-between and throughout the years I have met very few folks who are like me.
I think my whole attitude towards Christmas stems from having crap Christmas’ as a child. It was never a big deal in my house – my parents did virtually nothing to celebrate it and really it was just another occasion where lots of folks got what they wanted and I felt jealous because my family had no interest. Well, I say family, I mean parents. My siblings and I obviously as children, wished for the perfect Christmas every year but in all honesty, child me could still be waiting now.
My OH is very Christmas orientated and is very much part of the “I love Christmas” team and really, it is him I have to thank for helping me understand what Christmas is really about and that is spending time with people who matter to you. That really doesn’t have to mean family either and by family, I mean biological family. We can all of course have lovely folks in our lives that we all regard as a sister or a brother from another mother. Those folks are the ones most of us hold dear. One thing I have learned throughout the years is family doesn’t always mean blood.
I know there are many others like me and to be honest, it is mainly the reason I chose this quote this week. Many of us need to release and bury demons that give us unhappy memories and this quote for me does exactly that.
A thunderstorm that we all go through together and that my lovely readers is exactly what it is. You see the thing is Christmas is exactly like thunderstorms and I hated those as a child. They would always frighten me and I would hide. Adult me adores them – I love to sit and watch the lightning and listen to the thunder rattle throughout the sky. Again, I must admit another OH influence. He too loves them and his passion for them helped to encourage mine. He showed me there was more to them than the noise and destruction they can cause… A bit like Christmas, I guess…
The older I get, the more I appreciate Christmas… While I know I won’t ever be in team love Christmas, I am far away from team hate and that I consider a win.