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What the holiday season means to me

I just remembered that I still had a blog…

 

Me in the holiday season

 

I’m not much good at excitement anyway, and there is nothing about the “Christmas spirit” that makes me really excited. Too old, I guess… Ha! 😉 The actual reason is that my family doesn’t go in for Christmas that much. The younger generation obviously yes, but the rest of us just tend to get on with it. Our Christmas generally consists of avoiding the shops, getting annoyed at all the Christmas commercials and complaining about consumerism and materialism… and going to church on Christmas Day. Which already makes us odd. I don’t know many people who attends the service that day. Most stay in. It kind of makes me sad.

I never believed in Santa Claus either. Or in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. (I always type “Eater Bunny” and then I giggle!) Oh, my parents participated in these make-believe games, but I knew it was them. For instance, my mother is fond of recalling the story of when I lost my first tooth (I was in 2nd grade! Freak of the school!) and she sneaked in to put the money in my slipper, I told her that she must walk more quietly next time because I heard her.

However, even if I never believed, my cousins did. They believed in Santa Claus until they were quite big actually. This left me with a problem during holidays with the family, because I would forever be having slips of the tongue.

Awkward moment...

 

A further part of my awkward Christmases around family was the presents. In the last years I have always known what I was going to get. And it was normally only one present. Heck, of course I know what I am getting this year – a book that I picked myself in the bookshop, which my mother then paid for and immediately confiscated. That was months ago. The same went for last year’s Christmas with the family. The awkward part, however, is to feign surprise when I open the present around the little cousins, because they’re not supposed to know that I knew beforehand. And everyone who knows me knows that I am such a good actress. I can get stage fright on a balcony and there doesn’t even have to be an audience.

I probably ruined my little cousins’ childhoods…

 

Anyway, enough about my boring and awkward Christmases. What about you? How do you feel about Christmas and Santa Claus? Are you excited for it? Tell me in the comments! 😀

 

To end off this pointless post… at least my presents are all done and wrapped. And now I have to show off! 😉 My advantage is that I have very few friends. *cue evil laugh* And I made our origami Christmas decorations. We have a paper tree, paper baubles and other miscellaneous things lying about.

Origami Christmas tree

Our Origami Christmas Tree

Prezzies

Yes, I did just use a collage to make my friends’ prezzies look more than they actually are. Ah Pinterest… where would I have been this Christmas without you? Just about  everything on, in and with those prezzies I found through Pinterest one way or another. The tags, the origami boxes, the contents…

Oh, and that is indeed Bill, my origami pigeon photobombing that last picture. Typical. Remember him?

And another thing, speaking of origami, I am working on the new site and hope to launch along with the new year. I’m excited!

 

Well, well, that is all for now in this miserably exciting season. I hope you all have a good build-up to Christmas!

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4 responses

  1. I never believed Santa was real either…When I was growing up we actually celebrated the Day of Kings 🙂 http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-the-Day-of-the-Kings-%28El-D%C3%ADa-de-los-Reyes%29

    My boyfriend and I like to buy each other gifts right *after* Christmas, with the idea that with after-Christmas sales, we can get each other more gifts for less money 😀

    December 20, 2011 at 01:42

    • The Day of Kings? No, I haven’t heard of it, but for that problem there is always Google. Or wikiHow! 😉

      Haha, that is very clever to wait until after Christmas. I actually bought my laptop, which I worked and paid for myself, like that last year. I waited until January, though getting it at Christmas would have been wonderful as well. And then I ended up saving quite a lot! 😀

      December 20, 2011 at 22:19

  2. I’m not much for Christmas, personally. Maybe it’s my utter distaste for social engagements? Yeah, it’s probably that – though I’ve gotten pretty good at dodging even the most required of gatherings with an equally or greater ‘required’ engagement of my own. ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I’d love to go…but…I have a blog post to write, a cat to feed, a Murakami novel to read…gosh, the list goes on, I’m a busy guy’.

    Who knows. Maybe if I had friends who made me awesome origami gifts I wouldn’t be such a Scrooge.

    Oh, and as for your other question, about Santa Claus. I actually saw him. Yes, I know he isn’t real. But I actually saw him. When I was seven.

    You’re never too young to hallucinate, I suppose.

    December 20, 2011 at 10:21

    • Social engagements… blergh. I dodge as much as I can, but I still get dragged along to the less unpleasant ones. Oh well. I just hate the small talk. As for excuses… I’m a professional procrastinator after all, so I get very busy doing that. And… I have a soft toy. I can look after him! 😉 Another good excuse is that I don’t have a lift or my own car. Or that I don’t want to drive alone in the dark. I’m a single girl, get it? 🙂

      My friends are pretty much used to it by now. They don’t have to wonder what it will be, they know paper will be involved in some way. You could always just learn how to make origami for yourself! Another excuse not to go anywhere! 😀

      Must be all the coffee! 😉

      Your comment amused me, by the way!

      December 20, 2011 at 22:48

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