Merry Christmas, everyone!
We don’t really celebrate Christmas at our house – not in the Hollywood way, at least. The 24th is reserved for dinner with A.’s mom and the 25th for lunch with my extended family on the other side of the country (which is like 1.5h drive from Ljubljana…).
But we do most of our gift giving on New Year’s Eve – and the good man who brings presents isn’t Santa Claus or Father Christmas (or Saint Nicholas or however he’s called around the world) but dedek Mraz (Ded Moroz / Grandfather Cold) who wears a gray furry hat (something like this) and a long grey furry coat and carries a wicker basket full of presents on his back. At least that’s how it was for my family – my brother and I always had to write him letters to tell him what we want as gifts, which is a great idea if you’re a parent without gift ideas, if you think about it.
But Christmas isn’t only about giving presents. Despite my reluctance to celebrate a religious holiday, I like the fact that it’s become a time of wishing people well and remembering to be grateful for the good things in life. For me, December is a month of meeting friends I really should see more often, of seeing my grandparents, of small traditions that we’re just building as a new family.
It’s also a time for baking cookies and cooking large quantities of food on the weekends so I don’t have to make everything from scratch on busy weekdays (as I’m writing this, a large pot of bolognese sauce is simmering on the stove, making hissy noises).
So I wish you well, may your holidays be nice and warm and full of delicious food – and may you get lots of books (not just any books but the ones you actually want to read), because let’s face it, those are the best gifts a book lover can hope for.
What are your Christmas / New Year’s traditions?
What was the best Christmas present you ever got?
I’d love to hear from you! :)