From Christina: Merry Christmas to all! Today, author Holly Jody Gill has been gracious enough to share her family’s Christmas traditions with us. Thank you, Holly, for inviting us into your home on this special day. Oh, by the way…can you tell where Holly is from? The colourful clothing and the programmes on the telly might be a bit of a clue.
Christmas Traditions in the Gill House
by Holly Jody Gill
Here comes Christmas!
Another year has passed by quickly. We are in the thick of a cold winter, dull and gray scenery of bare trees, but with people wrapped in colourful winter clothing. Now is the time for excited children dragging their parents to the toy shops to get the latest XBox, Christmas carols being sung, and Christmas tunes being played all around. The telly is filled with programmes gearing up for the festive day, showing people how to cook the perfect dinner and the perfect dessert.
Our Christmas tree stands six feet tall in the living room. It’s decorated with fairy lights, tinsel, and most of all the special baubles that my children have chosen each and every year. The hearth is surrounded by a garland of light resembling holly leaves and berries. When I have the time to relax, there is nothing better than to sit in front of the fire with the Christmas lights on and watch a good movie with the family as we eat and drink to celebrate this wonderful season.
I really enjoy Christmas. It’s the time to be with family and share a succulent meal. During the past few years, however, I’ve not been about to spend as much time with my family as I want because of the work shifts in my day job as a healthcare assistant. No mother would want to be away from family during this most special day, having to miss out on so much joy and happiness. I am just happy that I have a family who understands the demands of my work. When we do come together, especially late in the evening, presents are handed out. Not an ideal situation, I know. However, this year, I’ve been blessed to finally spend Christmas with family.
What I do love about Christmas is the one Gill family tradition that we do every year without fail since my son arrived twenty years ago. During his first Christmas we went shopping for tree ornaments and my son found a sweet white teddy bear decoration, holding a candy cane. It went on the tree.
Each year we travel to a garden centre in our town where there is a large selection of Christmas decorations celebrating the winter season, lights, villages, baubles of all different shapes and colour from gingerbread men, ice cream, snowflakes, to Santa, and of course plenty of holly. Each of my children gets to choose one bauble that goes on the Christmas tree for that year. I don’t care what they pick, how small or big (well there might be a little limit as I don’t wish the tree lop siding).
I always take pictures of them looking and wandering around the department, smiling and showing me some fun ornaments, lights sparkling and Christmas tunes bellowing out, full of festive joy. I always get a warm glow and feel emotional at being able to continue this wonderful and sentimental tradition of choosing a bauble, and spending quality time together and having fun.
No doubt when I get grandchildren the tradition will continue. I might need to get another Christmas tree, though I’m not so sure my husband will be too pleased being a humbug. Still, it’s a tradition we enjoy as a family and with us all leading busy working lives, it’s now more important to have the quality time together and enjoy something we all enjoy, even the humbug.
A wife and mother of three, Holly J. Gill is a romance writer whose favourite genre is erotica. She has three books published with Secret Cravings called the “Desires series” about a sex club and how two people go through the trials of falling in love. In Holly’s spare time she loves spending time with her family, friends, listening to music, watching movies, and traveling around England enjoying the beautiful countryside. You can find Holly on Facebook, Twitter, and on her blog: Writing is Where My Heart Is.