Thursday, 24 December 2009


We're nearly there. Christmas is (at the time of me writing this) just over 10 hours away. I've got this afternoon to get my home completely ready for my sister and my parents who will visit me on Boxing Day (December 26th for all you people who don't celebrate Second Christmas Day as we call it in the Netherlands). My sister actually phoned me the other day to ask whether she was welcome to come and stay, after my father had already said she was coming.

The reason she asked was that I celebrate Christmas in a funny way according to some. Every two to three years I go visit my parents and celebrate with them and any siblings (I've got two and one in-law) present. But I tend to prefer staying at home. I watch Christmas shows, Christmas films, eat food I like at a time I like it, dressed in whatever I like. And I like that. I am not sad, after all, if I wanted to I could celebrate it with my friends or family. I just don't want to.

Anyway, my sister will be dropped off by my parents on Boxing Day. She will stay two nights before heading home (Northern Ireland) again. I'm looking forward to it, because I haven't seen her for a while. So, a bit of last minute cleaning is in order and then I will sit down and watch yet another 'new' Christmas film!

If you want to know what I've been up to in 2009, please check out this link which will take you back to a post I did last Tuesday. And I urge everyone to come back tomorrow for a very special adaptation of a very well-known Christmas Carol. Otherwise: Happy Christmas everyone and I hope you get to celebrate it the way you want to!


  1. I love this! That's my preference for parts of our Christmas Holiday. No boundaries, no rules, no dress code. Merry Christmas!

  2. I hope you have a very happy Christmas Mara, the day itself and the day you spend with your family. Best wishes also for 2010. Ax

  3. Enjoy your Christmas and have a wonderful Boxing Day!

  4. so boxing day is considered the 2nd day of christmas there?
    did i understand that right or wrong and why is it called that?

  5. I'd never heard of second Christmas.

    It's good that you feel free to do Christmas the way you want to.

    have a merry one.


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