It’s Christmas Day and I’m not sure many people will be reading this on the day but hope you get a chance to at some point.
I think Christmas is mainly about family and community spirit. I am lucky enough to have a great family although I live in a different country to them. Ireland isn’t too far from Wales though and they do say that the Irish are the Welsh that could swim, all those years ago.
I am also involved with some communities online through friends on Twitter and Facebook plus some great business communities including CorpNet. For me, community spirit is very important, especially for Social Media sharing. I write a blog post and the communities I’m involved with share it out, and vice versa.
Not only that, but the people in these communities have become really good friends, even though I haven’t met all of them. I know I can ask a question or ask for help in something and they will be there. How good it that?
So for this Christmas Day blog post I thought I’d ask some of the Corpnet Community what they are doing on the big day, plus in some cases what their most treasured present has been.
“I will be spending it with my beautiful family, starting with going to church on Christmas Eve, then a traditional Christmas dinner followed by lots of homemade desserts and a movie. Christmas day will be spent with the entire clan at home opening gifts and then the annual Christmas day potluck at the Akalp residence.
“My favorite and most treasured Christmas gift I’ve received to date is all my handmade ornaments that have been made by my three older children with their pictures inside of each ornament…that is the only thing I wish for every year from them.”
“For Christmas Day we are hosting family at our house. We have a big feast — I always roast a turkey, my husband’s favorite. As is my usual practice, I ordered a fresh (not frozen) Amish turkey from the grocer, as we live near the world’s largest Amish community, here in Ohio. This year when I ordered it, the grocery manager said he might not be able to get as large a turkey as I wanted. Why? Because we had a severe drought this past year and the Amish farmers did not feed the turkeys as much due to the high cost of feed.
“That reminded me that the most precious gift of all is good health and good cheer. While we certainly won’t suffer with a turkey that is two pounds smaller (in fact, we could stand to eat a little less!) — many people do suffer and go to bed hungry. I am profoundly grateful just for living in a land of plenty and never worrying where the next meal will come from … it’s better than getting a lot of “stuff” that we don’t really need anyway.”
“I have a quiet Christmas planned with my husband and son. We probably won’t cook any big meal, since the next day we are flying to Mississippi, where my mother-in-law will have a feast fit for a king awaiting us. We’ll get our fill of Cajun and Southern favorites, since they’re hard to find here in California. My goal is to not work at all and try to get my husband to cut back while we’re gone.
“The best gift I could ask for would be for my husband to disconnect from his computer for 24 hours! But he runs a startup, so I may have to wait until next year to get that as a present.”
“For me, my family and I will go to church on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas Day, we host Christmas dinner and have family come over. I love Christmas baking so there will be my Christmas cake (chocolate and raspberry decadence), pies and plum pudding. And, of course, opening gifts and Christmas music all day long.”
“My Christmas day will be spent with my family – parents, sisters, brother-in-law and two nieces. The day is really all about our nieces – watching them open their gifts, watching some holiday movies, baking and relaxing.
“My favorite Christmas gift is a scrapbook my boyfriend made for me after our first year of dating. It was really thoughtful – and pretty hilarious since he is FAR from a crafty person. Pretty much looked like a kindergartener made it – but I love it.”
“Movies and Chinese food. Being Jewish, it is sort of a tradition to attend the movies on Christmas day, since the theaters are much less crowded. My wife and daughter will likely see Lés Miserables, possibly with a group of friends. My son and I will find something else to watch. Then we’ll probably enjoy Chinese food, another Jews-on-Christmas tradition. We wish all our Christian friends the joy of the season!”
“I will be on vacation with my family, which is who I am thankful for the most. I am going to Florida, then a cruise. My oldest son was born on December 21st so that is the best gift I ever got! If I was not traveling and covering a post on families and traveling, I too would be eating Chinese and going to the movies. It is an unwritten Jewish tradition….Chinese and movies on Christmas.”
And finally me. Well I could be said to be a bit of a Bah Humbug at Christmas time as being single I am quite happy to spend it alone just taking time out, watching TV with good food and drink. Although I loved spending Christmas with my brothers and their children when they were young and seeing their excitement.
My favorite time was when I gave a Doll’s house to one of my nieces, Sophie, who was 7 at the time (now mid twenties). It was one I had been given as a child and I’d saved up for every little accessory in it. I would have been saving coppers all those years ago, so you can imagine what it meant to me. I had it repainted to spruce it up and wrapped it up in a box that when you untied the bow at the top it just fell open. In all my life I will never forget my niece’s face when that happened. And at that moment I realized how much more fulfilling it is to give than receive.
The best and most treasured present is one I bought for myself – my two Cocker Spaniels, Max and Monty. I decided on my 40th birthday I would get a dog and then ended up getting two on December 23, 2007. And I love them to bits; plus of course Morgan who joined the tribe a while later.
Wherever you are; whatever religion or beliefs you have, I hope to spread some goodwill to all.
Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year to everyone.