Yay for Jesus! It’s awfully nice of Him to come down here to earth so we can celebrate His birth by buying and giving each other presents, isn’t it? It sure helps out those businesses with only a few million in their pocket to capitalize on yet another holiday that they can make a few more bucks on.
But I suppose that Christmas is what you make of it, right? It’s a time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us, giving up everything He had up in heaven to come down to earth and be incarnated in a tiny baby. Christmas is a season that encourages generosity and benevolence, where people aren’t as grouchy to each other and share with others. I mean, you don’t get much of that anymore. It’s great that there’s still one day a year (or if you’re lucky, the entire season) where people remember that it’s not all about them. Getting things isn’t what it’s all about; giving things is so much better – and Christmas is one of the few times that people can realize that.
Christmas is a time of relaxation, allowing most people (except those that we depend on, like police and firefighters, etc.) to get time off work and spend time with family. That’s another thing not encouraged in our society – family is downplayed so much in favour of materialism. It’s awesome that there’s a season that not only encourages sharing and giving and all that fun stuff, but also…Continue Reading
Isn’t it exciting? Christmas is almost here! There’s only one more sleep ’til Christmas (if you like counting that way; I’ve always preferred counting days). While I don’t get as excited as I used to about Christmas, I still love it. I remember waking up (well, getting up I suppose, since waking up requires you to have gone to sleep) with my sister really early, like at about 6:00 or 6:30 AM, and running into my parents’ room to jump on their bed and wake them up. We liked to do it as early as possible because they took a long time to get up (relatively speaking – each Christmas second is the equivalent of a hour), and so the earlier we got them up, the earlier we could open our presents.
It’s always been a family tradition to start with opening our stockings. My parents usually put small gifts in there, plus a lot of candy and a toothbrush to go along with all the candy. It got annoying to get a toothbrush every year, though, since toothbrushes really don’t wear out all that quick, but oh well. Stocking-opening is the prelude to the good stuff. Next we move over to the Christmas tree and start opening presents one by one. Usually I’ve been the person that gets to hand out all the presents. I just pick out a present for each person and hand them out one by one, waiting for the person to open theirs before giving…Continue Reading
Well, I’ve got a long day of Christmas shopping ahead of me. Ugh, I hate this time of year as much as I love it.
Now don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas. I just hate Christmas shopping. And it’s not the fact that I have to spend money or that I don’t like getting people presents. I like that. It’s the one time of the year that I actually enjoy spending money without having a guilty conscience, because I know I’m buying it for others (well, except for The Used CD I bought…but whatever). I love the awesome time you can have giving presents to others, and the pleasant satisfaction of knowing you found the right present as the smile sneaks onto their face. That’s just awesome.
No, what I hate about Christmas is the actual act of shopping. It’s one thing to think up the perfect present to get someone. It’s a completely different thing to go out there and get that present. It’s especially bad at this time of year when the malls and stores are packed full of everyone doing their last-minute Christmas shopping. I’ve got to do the rest of mine all today, so I’m going to try and avoid the malls and stuff as much as possible. The busiest store I’ll go into will likely be Wal-mart, just because it’s unavoidable. You have to go to Wal-mart to do your shopping.
I still have to get some presents for my Dad, as well as…Continue Reading
There’s nothing quite like the first day of Christmas holidays. I suppose it technically hasn’t even started yet, since it’s the weekend, but I don’t care. The only thing that would be comparable would be the day of the last exam in June, as soon as you hand it in to the teacher. That moment is just thrilling. But Christmas holidays give us school-goers a badly needed break before the onslaught of exams in January.
I mean, don’t get me wrong; I’ve never had any problem with exams. They’re just tests on steroids, that with a bit of creative thinking can be easily conquered. The key is not knowing the stuff; the real key to doing well on exams is finding out what the teacher gives marks for. Some teachers are strict on only marking actual knowledge – those are the hardest exams. Others give marks if you “seem to know what you’re talking about” – those exams are a piece of cake. Even if you only remember one thing about the entire subject, these types of teachers love it if you try and make logical conclusions from that one fact. I’ve winged (wung?) entire essays from knowing only one piece of information. I just take that and follow through with what that implies about the rest of the course. It’s great. Free, easy marks.
But anyways, that’s enough about exams. Christmas holidays are the last refuge before having to think about them. A teacher’s favourite phrase in January is…Continue Reading