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.