I was so excited when Melanie asked me to write a guest post for her! I love her blog, and while this is probably weird to read as you’re reading it from her page, I definitely recommend following her! I love engaging with all her different discussions – especially October’s Halloween-themed ones.
For Christmas, Melanie asked me (and I imagine plenty of others) to share a ‘tradition’, of sorts, that we also do at Christmas. I don’t really complete the same Christmas tradition anymore – mainly because I’m married now, so I have two families – but it’s still my favourite tradition, and it’s one of my most cherished memories.
Christmas in my family has always been like the 12 Days of Christmas. Not in the literal sense, and not even in a Christian sense. (My mum’s Christian, but my dad’s an atheist, through-and-through.)
For the exception of one of my aunts, we were never close to my mum’s side of the family, and mainly spent time with my dad’s side of the family. As a result, my ‘family’ became a lot of my parents’ close friends – many of which I still consider, quite strongly, family.
My parents love celebrating, especially my father. He’s incredibly friendly, and he likes to include everyone in everything. And over Christmas, it’s like my dad’s on steroids: he tries to organise events to have an opportunity to catch up with everyone, which I love.
We have so many “Christmases” with so many different people (both before and after Christmas). There’s always an abundance of alcohol (Australia), though I’m like the black sheep in my family (and all of Australia – I rarely drink, and I only drink wine) and food.
My favourite part is all the seafood.
Australia’s extremely hot over Christmas – it often reaches the late 30’s/early 40’s in temperature[Celcius] (at least it does in Queensland, but also pretty much all of Australia), so we don’t often have hot food. We have prawns with cocktail sauce, oysters, lobsters, crabs, smoked salmon … so many delicious things.
And it continues, for days, because my family loves people. (Which is something I can’t relate to, I hate people. But I always leave my bedroom – if I’m home – for food. I’m only half-joking.)
But I love it. I love everything about it. Christmas for me is about family and friends (and food). I love the tradition my family has created, and when my husband and I have a bigger house (and aren’t renting), I certainly hope that I can continue it.
Carla Louise is a 27-year-old Australian who blogs over at The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise. She makes it her mission to provide The Facts for her readers regarding many controversial issues so that each and every person may be well-informed and make educated decisions. You can also check her out on Facebook & Twitter(@CarlaLouise01)!