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A Christmas Carol

Here is a Christmas carol I actually really enjoy.

This one is pretty cool also

Enjoy your Christmas day whatever it has in store for you.

An Atheist’s Guide To Christmas

It is once again “that time of the year” when Christmas carols start playing at the mall, Christmas decorations start springing up everywhere and people begin to ask you if you are excited about Christmas and what you are doing for the big day.

If you are an atheist or agnostic like I am, then you might be wondering where we fit into this whole celebrating Christmas stuff since we don’t believe in the religious reason behind it.  Do you renounce Christmas and refuse to take part in the whole retched thing? Or do you go along with the whole thing to keep your family happy? Or do you take a look around and realise that very few people doing the whole Christmas thing have remembered or care that Jesus has anything to do with it and just decide to join them in celebrating anyway?

It is all a matter of personal choice.  There is no right or wrong way for an atheist to “celebrate” Christmas. However, the main thing is to stay true to yourself and your beliefs.  If you don’t want to go to Midnight Mass at the local Catholic church, then inform your family about why this is so, but if you enjoy the carols and a chance to meet up with people you haven’t seen in ages, then go along.  Same goes with buying presents and taking part in the traditional Christmas dinner.

For me personally,  there are aspects about Christmas that I like and therefore continue to take part in.  Whilst, it is slightly annoying to do a 400km round trip,  I still enjoy going to my family’s Christmas get together where I get to see my cousins, aunts and uncles as it is usually the only time all year I do see them.  Fortunately, this does not take place on Christmas day but usually a week or so beforehand so we don’t have to battle the Christmas traffic.  I also enjoy buying and getting presents (then again, doesn’t everyone enjoy getting presents?).  But the rest of the Christmas stuff like the gaudy decorations and terrible carols I really dislike and therefore I don’t decorate my house or even put up a Christmas tree.  I also don’t make an appearance at Carols By Candlelight.

For me, Christmas Day is spent having a very sedate lunch with my Jewish in-laws away from all the dramas of Christmas and that is the way I like it.

Written for the Blog This Challenge.

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An Australian Christmas Lunch

I have just arrived home from celebrating Christmas with Lelak’s family.  It was a very Australian Christmas lunch comprising of a large Jewish family, a lesbian couple, an Indian Christian pastor and an Asian boyfriend.  Very multicultural. The afternoon would have been quite lovely were it not for Lelak’s cousins’ two children aged 4 and 2, who were frightened of our dogs and therefore screamed the entire afternoon.  For four solid hours these children screamed that high pitch scream that only children can produce everytime the dogs were in their line of sight.  In a small backyard, this was all the fucking time.
From my previous post, you know how good my dogs are with kids and this time they were just as good, if not better.  My dogs tried their very best to ignore the kids and keep out of their way, but it was damn near impossible.  Things were made even more fun when Lelak’s brother Julian turned up with his two dogs – a Kelpie cross and a German shepherd.  The kids were practically hysterical.  So, we put them (the kids) in the pool enclosure, since they wanted to go for a swim all day anyway.  They were quiet for a whole five minutes and then the screaming started again because the water was too cold.

The whole gathering let out a huge sigh of relief when they finally went home.  After that, the rest of the lunch was lovely.  We got to see the gorgeous wedding pictures of Lelak’s cousin Jessica and her new husband Shine.  It was a traditional Indian wedding and the clothes were just so beautiful.

By five o’clock, poor Rory was absolutely exhausted.  She had missed out on her midday sleep and her afternoon sleep as there was just too many people around doing interesting stuff like eating food.  In the end, she was doing her very best to sneak off and find somewhere quiet to have a sleep.  Even Caleb looked completely worn out.   I must admit I was feeling pretty worn out too.  So we said our goodbyes and headed home.  The dogs are now crashed out on the couches fast asleep and Lelak and I are on our computers.  It is going to be a quiet Christmas night at our house.

Christmastime in Vienna

Today on That’s My Answer they asked the following question;

If you could spend Christmas anywhere else other than home, where would you spend it?

I would go back to Vienna. Lela and I were fortunate to be in Vienna in late December 2005, just in time for their annual Christmas markets – Christkindlmarkt. This is a traditional Christmas market held in front of the Town Hall. It is absolutely magical and they sell the most beautiful Christmas decorations I have ever seen.

Tiny wooden apples and other wooden Christmas Decorations

They also sell mulled wine in a commemoratives mug and Langos (fried bread) as big as your head.

Langos and mulled wine

Me with my massive Langos and my mug of mulled wine. We carried those mugs throughout Europe and are proud to report that they arrived home in one piece.

Stars in the tree

This is my favourite photo from Vienna. Simple but stunning Christmas stars hang in the trees around the market.

What made the whole experience even more magical was that it was snowing the entire time we were in Vienna. I just wanted to experience a snowy Christmastime – and I got my wish.

I know many people will disagree with me, but Christmas is meant to be celebrated in the winter. It makes the whole holiday make sense. Trying to do the same thing in 40C heat is just ridiculous.

 

Organising Our Trip

My parents came down to Sydney today to take Lela and I out to celebrate my 30th birthday, which is on Thursday. Lunch went okay, and I didn’t feel like killing my mother, so I guess that is all good. My parents are paying for Lela and I to visit them in England for Christmas this year. Sometimes I think it is the best present ever and other times I think it is so not worth having to deal with my mother as we organise it. Nothing is ever simple when you deal with my mother.

Anyway, we are planning to head to London, having a stopover in Vienna on the way for 2 days, then see a bit of England and have Christmas at my parent’s place. Then we are going to head to Paris and see the sights and then on to Amsterdam. We are still debating if we want to try and fit in Ireland as well. I have no idea what traveling and sightseeing is going to be like in the middle of winter. It is going to cold, but hopefully lots of fun. I am sure I will be sick of the cold and snow by the end of it.

I also have to get my passport renewed. I went and got my photos taken today and just have to get my ass into gear and go to the post office to apply for it. If I get myself organise, I will try and do that tomorrow as I am on day shift, so can call into the post office after my shift finishes.

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Christmas

Spent today having lunch at Lela parent’s house. Her mum went all out and prepared a fairly traditional Christmas lunch complete with turkey and cranberry sauce. I adore turkey and cranberry sauce so I was very happy. We also got presents – some gorgeous mugs and a big box of food goodies like chocolate and shortbread. I was totally not expecting presents, cause Lela’s parents are Jewish, but they said it was for Hannukah, so we went with that.
After lunch we took the dogs for a walk and played some pool before heading home.

I am really, really over this flu. Spent the whole lunch sniffing, so much so that Lela’s new nickname for me is Snuffy. I still feel like crap. The only concession is that it’s actually cool. We only made it to 20C today and it was cloudy and raining. I love cold Christmases, they are so much nicer than sweltering in the heat. I am so not a summer person.

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Opening Presents

Merry Christmas !

After a decent night’s sleep and some morning snuggling, I am finally feeling in the mood for Christmas.  Lela and I swapped Christmas presents in bed, and the dogs opened their gifts from the grandparents and great grandparents.

I was very lucky I got the movie soundtrack for ‘Phantom of the Opera’ (it exists!), ‘The Only Broadway CD you will ever need’ (my musical self is very pleased), Return of the King DVD Special Edition and Harry Potter and the Prision of Azkaban DVD.  *bounce*

Lela is currently playing ‘Prince of Persia 2’ whch I got her, so I don’t imagine I am going to see much of her for the next couple of days :)

Rory and Caleb are in houndy heaven as they got plushy polar bears for Christmas plus lots of other goodies.  Caleb has spent this morning bringing his new toys upstairs to the computer room, so he can play with them and still be with us.  I snapped a gorgeous picture of him with *both* the polar bears.

Caleb with his bears

Whilst Rory sulks on the couch

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