Its Christmas Night and the Holidays Can Begin

I’m the Curtain Raiser (aka Judy) and I normally blog at Raising The Curtain. After being inspired by Rule of Stupid and Rarasaur to be part of the inaugural Company for Christmas crew last year, I didn’t have to think twice about coming back to C4C and doing it all again in 2013. It was through C4C that I met one of the best blogging buddies a girl could have and we have kept the friendship going ever since. So thank you to C4C and thank you to Rambly, for connecting through C4C.

I hope your experiences with this site prove just as positive. Any connection no matter how small or brief adds to the fabric of who we are and our life journey. If this site connects only two people in any given season for only two minutes then it has done its job.

Being an Aussie, there is not much that is easy about this time zone. We are awake when most of the US is asleep. We are just going to work when most of the US finish work and can play. We are in the middle of our commute when Europe rises and shines and we are just heading out the door for our morning commute when Europe is ready to chat. Such is the rhythm and flow of international friendship and social media.

However on this night of Christmas Day, Australia can heave a sigh of relief just as our European and American friends gear up to enjoy or are enjoying their Christmas Day. The Christmas craziness is over for another year and the holidays can really begin. Aahhhh.

Christmas to me is a real paradox. A paradox of being surrounded by people whilst enduring social isolation, of feasting whilst resisting and of feeling goodwill whilst stressing. This year was no different.

For me the Christmas afterglow is almost more precious than the day itself. After the frenzy of Christmas Day there is only relief and thanks. Thanks that our Christmas table numbers didn’t dwindle even further, thanks that the food I cooked was well received (always a line ball call for I am certainly not the housewife of the year) and thanks that the gag gifts I bought for my teenaged children actually scored some laughs and heaven help….. even a compliment or two.

These are small gratitudes I can now contemplate in the quiet of the Christmas Day night. I also contemplate that it is permissible to publicly admit to not enjoying every aspect of Christmas and still not be a Grinch.

So in the quiet of my Christmas Day night haven I will be thinking of you in all of your different time zones, cycling through the emotions that I cycled through earlier in the day. I hope your day is a positive one, whether it involves a party of one, two or twenty. And I will be waiting for you to join me on the other side of Christmas Day into your night knowing that you too can now relax.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.



About the curtain raiser

I have spent my life in offices. For now I am putting that behind me and preparing for the second act. Middle age didn't come with acceptable signposts so I am making my own through my writing. A journey shared is more fun than going it solo.

59 comments on “Its Christmas Night and the Holidays Can Begin

  1. Hi there! Apologies for not saying hello earlier, I didn’t even see your page because it was under Info & News. Congratulations on surviving another Christmas, ours is still underway here in NYC, fortunately it’s been a very drama-free, peaceful Christmas, just me and the husband and our cats. I know what you mean about the paradox of the holidays, I wrote about it on my blog recently, it’s a very strange and stressful time for a lot of people.

    Happy Boxing Day to you!

    • Hi MW and thanks for the comment and for finding my post. Hope your Christmas Day with your hubby and cats was a merry one with some bloggy chats through C4C thrown in. At this time of year we receive a lot of NYC Christmas coverage through our news services. It seems to be THE place to celebrate Christmas. I have been there several times, although never at Christmas. Happy strange time of the year to you!

  2. C4C is one ambitious but outstanding idea for those who look for companionship during this busy, busy season.

    I’m running off my feet to see what’s happening while I’m away from my laptop. Smiles to all. See you when I see you. Hate to miss the fun. 😀

  3. I am glad your Christmas was good for you! Thanks for holding down the fort during the off hours here when most of us were sleeping (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada here). Hope the rest of your holidays are great!

  4. Was just thinking about the Down Under time zone perspective when I was chatting here last night, as some Aussies are part of my blogroll now. Thanks for the additional information, Judy!

    • Hello to you Jaklumen and thanks for taking the time to comment and also to visit my blog. Will return the favour and anytime you want info on Aus, I’m happy to oblige. Hope you had a good Christmas and happy new year to you.

    • It’s been a really great opportunity to meet new blogging friends, hasn’t it?

      Cheers from the Pacific Northwest in the U.S.

  5. Judy, well said and Merry Christmas. I am sitting her before the kids rise on Christmas morning, so the quiet reflection is surreal. Christmas is about family being home – with kids away at college, and one at home, the reuniting of more laughter is what it is all about. All the best, BTG

    • So true and the quiet before the chatter and laughter is really a nice state to be. Life is not about accumulating presents, but about accumulating presence and making memories. Now on to the new year 😉

  6. wonderful heartwarming post.
    C4C is such a brilliant idea; last year it got me through a not so great morning and i’ll support the venture every year it’s done!
    merry christmas!

    • Thanks for commenting SHBG and for the feedback on my post. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a happy new year. It is indeed a great concept and very deserving of time and support. I, too, will be back next year.

  7. This chat is now closed. Thank you for stopping by.

  8. May stay in here? But still logged into C4C -How long will you be on for Jude & Anmol?

  9. Oh! You have published a post. If you have had published a page instead, your link would have been showing up on the Active Chats list.

  10. Jude I’m here and home if required lovely 🙂 hope you had a lovely Christmas – let me know if I can help xxx

  11. Hey
    I was myself thinking of starting my chat page right now but given the scarcity of visitors at this time, I didn’t do so.
    How are you doing? Hope you are having a good time.

  12. I’m actually signed up to be a volunteer tomorrow… but it is 2:20 am early Christmas morning and I haven’t gone to bed yet…. Watching an old Christmas movie… and then odds and ends…. so i still will be going through tomorrow what you have just finished. I love Christmas Eve and just sitting for awhile. I think this idea of rarasaur is a wonderful idea … while I don’t know how many people actually do take part it’s as you say it only takes one to make it worthwhile if it helps someone… I’m a senior so I’m on the ‘other’ side of middle age…. Wishing you a wonderful and happy New Year… Diane

    • Hi Diane,

      It’s lovely to meet you. I hope you enjoy your volunteering time tomorrow – we certainly had fun with it last year and came back to the site once the US hit Christmas Day night to shoot the breeze. I’m just on the hump of middle age, very close to THAT big milestone birthday, so about to tip over to the other side. Have a wonderful Christmas Day and maybe we can catch up on the flip side. Happy 2014 to you as well… Judy

    • Nice to have met you… guess I’d better be off to bed… btw I’m in Canada….. Good night Diane

  13. Reblogged this on Raising the Curtain and commented:

    Here’s my blog for this year’s Company for Christmas. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

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