Friday, December 21, 2012
December can be known as anticipation month for many families and especially children. The idea of Santa Claus, gifts and time spent with family and friends can be one of the best days of the year. Do you remember the joy that you felt as a child for Christmas morning? If you do have children or are around children, can you sense that joy and anticipation?
For many families in Canada, Christmas is a time of celebration, of seeing family members for sharing, collaborating and enjoying each other’s company. It is the one time of the year that is known for special events, special foods and gatherings. Christmas and Boxing day are generally regarded through the nation as statutory holidays.
Christmas time can be viewed as a special time. Leading up to Christmas, there might be family get togethers and Christmas Eve has Canadians spending time with their families and friends. For some families, Christmas Eve may mark a special dinner, a special outing (such as caroling), decorating the tree, hanging the stockings, and for many children, the anticipation of Santa Claus and Christmas morning. Saint Nick may be coming down the chimney, and he will need fuel to keep going. Laying out the cookies and milk (and perhaps carrots for the hungry reindeer) has become tradition. However, for most excited children, it’s very hard to sleep on Christmas Eve. For parents, it’s the last chance to get everything done and ready for Christmas morning and Christmas day.
Christmas morning by tradition in Canada for some families, generally starts with the opening of the stocking. This sock or stocking has little gifts in it for each person in the family. Some families then opt to have a healthy breakfast together and then move into the gift opening under the Christmas tree. For some this means a shredding and tearing of Christmas paper wrap and for others, this means a thoughtful watching of each individual person opening their gifts.
Generally, Christmas day is a day to forego healthy eating, and gifts of candies, chocolates and sweets is common. However, it is also common to have a major Christmas dinner that evening that may consist of turkey, stuffing, various vegetables (such as potatoes, turnip, squash, cranberries, carrots, broccoli) as well as gravy, buns, pickles. This is generally known as a Christmas dinner and many Canadians have become well versed in what this is. In fact, some restaurants may offer a Christmas dinner on their menu.
Boxing day is the day after Christmas day, and generally is considered a statutory holiday, and allows families a day to unwind from the event of Christmas day.
Christmas never seems long enough for some, and the countdown, even in the stores always seems to start in the early fall.