Christmas Morning │China 2016
Back in our home countries, Christmas is really a big deal. We miss that hype – there is NO DOUBT about it, but we also appreciate the fact that we can enjoy a quiet Christmas without feeling any guilt about it. We barely bought any gifts, we didn’t prepare any food, there was no stress, and we got to relax on our most favorite day of the year.
On Christmas Eve, Nana came over and we ordered pizza and then opened a few gifts. After a long and stressful week, I was absolutely shattered, and Justin was feeling pretty tired too. I couldn’t wait to go to sleep, and I hoped that in the morning I would feel better. Although I did feel more rested, I still wasn’t feeling 100% back to normal when I opened my eyes. To be honest, I think that it is some sort of “seasonal depression”. I remember feeling exactly the same last December! Perhaps I am homesick, or tired of the cold and smog. I am not totally sure, but I was feeling blah on Christmas Eve. Thankfully, “the cloud of blah-ness” had completely lifted by about the middle of Christmas Day. We really did appreciate the quiet morning in – just the three of us, Skype calls, opening gifts, and quality time as a family. Eli absolutely loved his new toys, and we shared the joy but playing with those new toys too!
Since I started the day with a bit of a blahness-hangover (that blah feeling with follow you, if you let it!) I didn’t take very many photos when we were opening gifts. I did, however, soon pick up on this, and then started snapping away. Here are some pictures of us chatting to family on Skype, and Eli playing with his new toys…
Eli got two tubs of magic sand from Nana. We emptied them into one of my drawers, and he happily played away with the sand for hours. In fact, so did we. That magic sand is REALLY therapeutic! We cleaned up the mounds of wrapping, and then took a few Christmas family pictures (which we will post later).
At 3pm we went over to some friends for a big feast.
More on that in another post coming soon.