Before my Grandmother passed away last year, we used to have Fish dinners every Christmas Day, but sadly we didn’t have one last year. This year people were busy but my brother invited us for dinner today on the 26th instead, one day late but it was a welcomed experience. The drive to my brothers house was terrible, it was raining and almost snowing the entire way but the food was so good so it was kind of worth it anyways. It was also nice to see him and his husband since I don’t get to see them too often. I also got to finally see his new kittens today, they’re so adorable! I only got to take a picture of one of them but they are almost identical.
I love this time of the year mainly because of the lights. It’s so nice to drive around after dark and look at how everyone has decorated their houses or trees or bushes. I really wish having lights outside would be a tradition all year round because it is absolutely stunning to look at. I think maybe I would like it less if I did see it constantly though, I wouldn’t have time to really appreciate it for what it is.
Shopping for presents
I love buying presents for people. I may not be the best at finding the right present for everyone but I will try my darndest to do so. If I can’t find something super personal I will just go for something people generally like to be on the safe side. It could also be fun to buy something completely different so that they can get the chance to try something new without having to spend a lot of money on it too.
Listening to Christmas songs
It doesn’t necessarily have to be traditional Christmas songs either. Lately I have been absolutely loving Sia’s Christmas album and this one has been on repeat a lot.
Spending time with family
There’s not much of my family left but I do enjoy spending time with those who are still with us. Although the lack of presence from those who have passed away in the most recent years is very noticeable, we still make the most of it and try to keep Christmas a joyous holiday and try not to dwell on the past or think about how it could be.
Christmas food and drinks is so good. Once a year you get to stuff yourself so full you’ll regret it the next morning and it’s wonderful. I always try to not overeat but it happens no matter what I do.
For many, me included, Christmas is the most stressful time of the year. It feels like no matter what you do to prepare, it is never enough, or you always end up forgetting something vital. I try my best to write lists, to plan what I need to do down to every detail, but even then I still end up forgetting something I shouldn’t. Anyways, I wanted to share some of the type of lists I make and pretty much reuse year after year, just changing some minor details to make it work.
One: Christmas gift list
I write down all of the people I give gifts or other things to, whether it’s the full on Christmas gifts or acquaintances that I send Christmas cards to. I have columns for names, if its gifts or cards, what I did or will buy for them and the estimated price. I sum everything up at the bottom to make sure it’s still affordable and so that I can put aside the right amount of money for it. I always try not to go overboard, and I keep previous lists to make sure I dont end up giving them something I already have. Some things are convenient to receive again, but most gifts are like a one-time-thing.
Two: Gift supplies
I always need to have cute wrapping paper, cute ribbons to make bows with, tape, a good pair of scissors, small greeting cards to put on the wrapped gifts and glitter if needed. I always want gifts to look really neat, but also cozy and hand wrapped at the same time, if you get what I mean. I don’t think it would be as nice if it looked as if a machine had wrapped it for you, it kinda needs to show that you did it yourself. I have a list with everything I need that I keep in my wallet during the holidays so I can always remember to purchase what I need if I run out of it.
Three: Food stuff
Preparing for a Christmas feast is never easy. Everyone wants different things to drink, not everyone wants the same food. Some people are vegetarian, some have food allergies, some are just picky and the list goes on. Reaching out to those who will join you for your Christmas dinner to get to know their dietary needs is very important! I have experienced before that I have been invited to a dinner, and when the day comes, they haven’t taken into count that I can’t have soy or dairy even if I have told them. It’s not fun for them, and not fun for me so I try to lead with a good example when I am the host. After food and drinks comes dessert, what would be appropriate to serve after such a heavy dinner? I tend to serve some sort of fruit cocktail and a whipped cream of sorts, it’s light enough that people will want to eat it. I also have a lot of different types of Christmas cookies that they can help themselves to whenever.
I have a basic list of items I will generally need that I reuse from year to year. New people aren’t often added to the dinner parties so the content of the list rarely changes. It’s more likely for someone to pass away than to be added in.
And that’s basically the three most important categories for me during the holidays. The fourth would probably be clothing, since I always want to look my best. I’m not too big of a fan of flashy clothing but it should look neat at least.
How do you deal with holiday preparations? Do you wait until last minute or are you planning ahead?
I’m not sure if I would have enough to write if I just chose one holiday, so I will do more than one! Let’s start out with the one coming up first.
Dressing up! This is obviously the favorite thing for most people. I love being able to dress up as pretty much whatever I want, it’s nice to take a break from my regular appearance.
The social aspect. People come together, drink, go trick or treating, eat candy and generally have a good time.
The spookiness. I don’t really enjoy being scared, but I do like an eerie vibe. I guess I like creepy things more than downright scary things.
Buying presents. I loooove buying presents for people. I love watching people open presents. The looks on their faces just fills me with so much joy.
Baking. I love to bake, and making your own Christmas yummies feels extra special. I especially enjoy baking gingerbread cookies.
Decorating. Decorating trees, decorating my home, anything that can be decorated will be. It just makes my home so cozy.
Cooking. Christmas food is the best food. It’s so savory and you feel full for ages afterwards. I always get so sleepy after Christmas dinner because I’m so full and my body just shuts down in the best kind of way.
Decorating the Christmas tree.
Seeing family that you probably don’t see as often. Christmas really is a time for family to come together.
Opening presents. I’m sure everyone loves doing that! I hate receiving them, but I love opening them, it’s really weird.
Fireworks. They’re just so beautiful to look at. Could definitely be less noisy, my cats are always freaking out but, yeah, pretty.
Spending time with loved ones while counting down until midnight. It’s funny that we do, because nothing feels different once the clock strikes twelve.
The new years dinner. People always plan these extravagant dinner parties and I love it so much.
Decorating Easter eggs. Painting, dyeing, gluing stuff onto them. Anything is really fun, especially if you have someone younger to do it with. Nothing wrong with painting them by yourself though!
Setting up and planning Easter egg hunts for the younger ones! There’s no kids left in my family, they all grew up so can’t do that much anymore, I really miss it!
Watching old cartoons on the tv. During most holidays they send old special episodes, or create shows just for that holiday. It’s nice to have something to wake up to every day.
There, that’s some of my favorite things about the holidays. Someone is probably going to say that I missed Thanksgiving and other holidays, but they are not really a thing here in Norway. What is your favorite things about the holidays?
Super Soccer Noggins is supposedly a Christmas flash game, but to be honest, I don’t think that it has nothing to do with Christmas, at all! Santa has a small cameo in the beginning of the round where he drops the ball down so you can start playing, but the game is really just a silly ball kicking simulator.
As you can see in the screenshot below, there is not a lot that reminds you of Christmas once you get past the menu screen. You choose your team (In reality just one dude) and off you go to kick a tiny ball around with them. You don’t even get anything remotely reminiscent of Christmas when you win either, only some gold to upgrade your little dude! Maybe i should rename this list “Barely Christmas-y games”.
2. Pimp My Sleigh
Pimp My Sleigh is another take on the typical Pimp My Ride type of games. You just customize your vehicle and that is pretty much it! It is a bit more festive since it actually contains Santa’s sleigh, though it would be cooler if you could customize his reindeer too!
One thing that really peeved me about this game was that absolutely none of the red parts matched! Why would you make the parts four different shades of red? Do you not consider the fact that some people want a sleek, polished look on their sleigh? Preposterous!
3. A blocky Christmas
A blocky Christmas is a game where you move a block down to a designated area. That is pretty much the entirety of the game. The levels differ slightly by adding in a longer block that you need to attach yourself to and navigate around, but it is not very challenging, nor very festive. Sure, the board is shaped vaguely like a Christmas tree but that is pretty much it! This seems to be a common theme with flash games; put Christmas in the title and any idiot will play it during the holidays. (Ouch)
4. Santa Dental Care
Santa Dental Care is one of very many dental care games out there. I have no idea why it is so popular to make these, they are very nightmare inducing. There are dental care games for Shrek, for Elsa from Frozen, for pretty much every other fictional character out there, and now for Santa. First off, do you see how creepy the introductory message is?
Because he’s kissing so many children
Why would he kiss children? How hard does he kiss them to get candy stuck in his teeth and having them fall out?
If i wasn’t scared of the dentist before, i sure am now! You use tongs to literally pull his gray teeth out, because they so rotten that he can’t keep them. You use some magical powder to fill in his cavities. You use a drill to expose his cavities even more. I shudder just at the thought of it. Would you enjoy a game like this?
5. Christmas Pop
Christmas Pop is honestly the most festive game out of all of these. It is a Tetris kind of game so expecting a gameplay like that wouldn’t be far off at all. You get clusters of three baubles at a time, rotating and navigation them into a spot that seems good. Once you place them, some of them slide downwards to fill up any space below them so you could like place one on a ledge and let the others slip off. Once you get five-ish baubles of the same color, they disappear. It’s definitely the best game out of all that is on this list, so if you’re going to try any of these, try this one.
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