And welcome to our hop this Tuesday. We're running with the theme "All I want for Christmas", and it could be anything—a memory, a letter, a piece of flash fiction. Writers choice, so keep along the hop and see what everyone wants for Christmas. If you missed her, hop back and have a read of Dani Jace.
And before I go any further, let me wish you and yours a Happy Christmas, and if you don't celebrate may the spirit of the holiday be with you.
As I set the challenge this week, you wouldn't think I'd be sitting here Monday night clueless.
Christmas has always been an interesting holiday for us. We all love it and celebrate in style, but most of the time, we're living far away from our family. I've tried to make a huge effort over the years, to build and keep our rituals wherever we are. And whoever's with us. Sometimes that's family, from my side or my husbands, and they've travelled to see us. And sometimes I round up the ex-patriot waifs and strays who didn't return to their homes for Christmas.
So far we've celebrated Christmas in Parys (South Africa), Johannesburg, London, Moscow, Hemmingford (Quebec), Fonthill (Ontario), Montreal, and Draper (Utah). And as this year draws to a close, we really are not sure where our next Christmas will be.
But a few things we know we'll take with us:
- Wherever we are, I'll track down a turkey (the only one available in Moscow was about 20 lbs and I'm convinced it was half ostrich.)
- Because I'm British by birth and parentage, we have Turkey and Ham/Gammon for Christmas lunch and Christmas crackers (if I can find them)
- We will watch old Christmas movies (in whatever format) until we're really glad it only rolls around once a year.
- Ornaments from all those places we've lived and a few more from places we've visited. (we have seven packing crates full of ornaments and decorations and they go where we go)
- The Stockings we bought the year the girl's had their first Christmas together.
- The little mechanical Christmas scene under a glass dome, with a train that goes round and round a winter landscape.
- The presents start appearing under the tree from the day the tree goes up (minus the Santa presents, of course)
- And one of us will read "The Night Before Christmas" before we all go to bed on Christmas Eve.
So, all I want for Christmas this year is to know that I've kept the spirit alive for my family for one more year, in one more place. Incidentally, this is the first Christmas in our 15 year marriage, that we are not hosting anyone else over the Festive Season.
Keep going to hear what Jami Denise has to say and give her all my love while you're over there.