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Christmas Tag

Tags are a big thing on Dutch blogs, but I rarely see them on English-language blogs. I love them. Yesterday, finally, I found an English-language Christmas tag. I alreaddy filled a Dutch one in on my Dutch blog. It’s already 11PM on Christmas day, so I am rather late to the party, but I’d still love to fill this one out.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Honestly, Home Alone is the only one I know and I haven’t even seen it in full. Back when I was a child, my parents and sister used to watch musicals on TV particularly on what in the UK is called boxing day and is called second Christmas day in the Netherlands. I particularly remember one called My Fair Lady, but didn’t like it.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I don’t remember. Googled it and the last white Christmas we had here in the Netherlands was in 2010, so yes.

How do you usually spend the holidays?
With my parents or in-laws usually.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?
It’s Gonna Be a Cold, Cold Christmas by Dana. I don’t mind most Christmas songs, although there isn’t any I really like. However, I don’t understand how people’s favorite can be Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christams Is You.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No. We don’t give each other Christmas presents. This used to be because in the Netherlands, St. Nicholas on December 5 is a bigger hliday (although it’s losing ground). Now in my family we don’t celebrate this anymore either.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
No, I’m clueless about those.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
I didn’t look forward to much and we don’t realy have traditions.

Is your tree real or fake?
We don’t have a tree at home, because our cat would climb it. On the ward, we have four fake trees.

What’s your ultimate Christmas treat/food/sweet?
I love most, but my all-time favorite is a type of cookie called cinnamon stars. I haven’t had them in years though.

Be honest! do you prefer giving or receiving presents?
Receiving. I find giving presents stressful, particularly thinking of what others might like.

What’s the best present you’ve ever received at Christmas?
Like I said, we don’t give out Christmas gifts. Besides, I have no idea what the best present I ever received was.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Allow me to stay home please. I don’t enjoy the lights or snow anyway.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I don’t even try.

Most memorable Christmas moment?
I don’t know. I’d say last year’s Christmas gourmet with my in-laws, because that’s the first that comes to mind.

What made you realize the truth about Santa?
This is about St. Nick again. My father had recorded a tape one year in which Black Peter, Santa Clause’s helper, pretended to be stuck in the chimney. (Here, the traditional storyline goes that St. Nick and his Peters ride the rooftops and throw presents down the chimney.) When I had sort of realized the truth, Dad showed me the tape.

What makes the holidays special for you?
The food and nothing else. I hate the forced niceness and togetherness. I also don’t particularly like the decorations.

Hope you all had/have a nice Christmas and boxing day.

Christmas 2014

It’s Christmas time 2014. Merry Christmas! I hope you all are having a great day. I really would like to look back on the year today, but I’m having an extremely hard time thinking up things to write about. Therefore, I’m sharing just some thoughts on my Christmas.

I was lucky that the day activity room was open all week except today and tomorrow. If I have to say one thing about this past year anyway, it’s that it’s been a creative one. So was this week. I made some nice cards and some polymer clay animal figures. NO pics yet as I haven’t scanned the cards and haven’t seen my husband yet since making the polymer clay figures. Besides, he may not yet have found his camera.

I went to church yesterday night. A catholic pastor was preaching and my beliefs lean towards protestantism, but it wasn’t a problem. I like that everyone in my institution who follows Jesus, or even who finds his message inspriing, can come to church. There was a great gospel choir too. I didn’t have money to buy their CD or I would have. In the sermon, the preacher talked about both our personal lives as patients or families of patients in the institution, and about the bigger world news. Of course, the MH17 disaster was mentioned. I did find it a little frustrating that I couldn’t remember the words to any of the songs we sang, even though they were well-known for being sung at Christmas and I recognized most.

There was another church service this morning which I’d planned on going to, but I was too tired. Instead, I spent much time in bed or sitting in the front room drinking coffee and eating Christmassy snacks. I didn’t end up going to my in-laws today. Instead, I’ll be visiting them tomorrow. We had a pretty good institution supper for a ready-made meal. In fact, one of the nurses oven-baked the potatoes.

I’m having a little difficulty with the lack of ordinary structure these two days (today and tomorrow). Thankfully it’s only two days and then next week Thursday which is new year’s. The staff will be making snacks for a few days prior to new year’s because they sell them for extra money for the ward. I don’t like the crowdiness it brings on but I can go to the day activity room then at least.

How I’d Spend the Holidays…

One of Mama’s Losin’ It’s writing workshop prompts this week is to describe how I’d spend the holidays if it were totally up to me and money wasn’t an issue. Since I’ve been extremely overwhelmed by what Christmas “should” be like, I thought I’d fantasize a bit.

I have several ideas floating around in my head. The first is that I’d stay in our little apartment with my husband. Given that we have two rather hyperactive cats, we can’t decorate the place. Not that I’d want to either. I love to make Christmas cards and decorations, but to decorate my home is quite a different story. After all, this is one of my main stresses on the psych ward: the whole ward is decorated and there are Christmas trees and decorations everywhere in my path from the entrance to my room. I’ve bumped into them on quite a few occasions so far.

I would want to bring somee Christmassy atmosphere into the home, but would do it with scents. Last year, I bought a set of wintery scents at the local supermarket, all suited for in my diffuser (but they came with a burner in case you don’t have a diffuser). I love these scents and would buy some additional oil pads so that I could interchange scents without having to use the first one up before inserting a new one.

Taking a bath on Boxing Day would also be nice. At my husband’s, we don’t have a bathtub, but at the ward we do. So once returning to the ward, I’d spend some time taking a relaxing bath with some lavender soap in it.

We’d of course eat my favorite dish on Christmas night, which is chicken with vegetales and either noodles or fries. If we ate noodles, the dish would be spiced up with lots of herbs and spices. I really don’t know about spicing up fries. Any ideas?

other than that I’d just spend the holidays relaxing with my husband. I’d also spend considerable time online, since even though my Internet connection is okay, it’s not as good as my husband’s.

Most of all, I’d have zero obligation to put on a holiday spirit and shiney, happy face when I’m not happy. Of course, I’d be nice to my husband, but I’m usually nice to him the rest of the year too and don’t have to put up a façade for this.

So how am I really going to spend the holidays? On Christmas day, my husband and I will spend the evening at my in-laws, where my husband says we will eat chicken. I guess he’s afraid that if he cooks up any sort of specially-prepared holiday meal, I’ll shame him about it on my blog.

I’ll take my computer with me so that, if my husband and his family want to watch any type of televison I don’t like, I can just spend time online. Then at night my husband and I may leave for our apartment. I will probably return to the ward on Boxing Day. Most likely, there won’t be time for a bath, but I can diffuse my lovely scents all I want.

Mama’s Losin’ It