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Your favourite 'Christmas Period'

  • 16-12-2019 2:12pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 2,930 jr86


    What would you say is your favourite part of the Christmas period?

    Is the initial build up period, from early in the month? Or maybe the immediate build up, those last few days before the day itself, where you might finish up your shopping, finish up work, get in a big night out with friends/family, and/or reunite with friends/family that are coming home. Or what about the lull period after Christmas Day?

    Or is it the day itself on its own? A day to spend with family and those nearest and dearest - with plenty of food, drink and merriment!

    Personally it has changed for me over the years. When I was younger I used to love the days from around the 21st to the 23rd where town is buzzing during the day, carol singers, the nights out were in full flow, friends returning from overseas, last minute visits, delivering presents etc.

    However nowadays I'm more leaning towards the days from around the 27th to the 30th where everything just seems to shut down. I do work these days on occasion (the office is dead quiet - i see it as a waste of leave in my circumstances), but notwithstanding that I see it as the one time of the year where I can forget about real adult responsibilities for a few days, things like bills, work deadlines, and all things hectic are really put to the back of the mind, until January when everything will kick into gear again!

    That said my love of the big day itself increases every year. I used to see it as a bit of an anti-climax of a day, but as i get older I appreciate it more and more. Its the one day I can spend real valuable time with family, nothing is expected of me, can get out for a nice walk where the roads are deserted - just simple little things

    If I had to choose one isolated day though I'd probably pick Christmas Eve. Everything is just bliss. Up early, collect the turkey, quick run, off to visit relatives, home for dinner, glass of wine or two, down to local pub, home and put on some Christmas Carols live from wherever. Heaven


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,385 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    Yep pretty much same as yourself, Christmas Eve (and maybe Christmas Eve Eve if you don't have to work on the 24th).


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,326 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Loughc


    Spot on about it all JR, I love the whole period from the moment you leave work until the night before going back.

    It's a mix of what you said, everything grinds to a halt which in this modern day world is rare enough. Getting to spend time with family as no ones rushing around going here and there, the absolute bliss of peace from outside the door, very few cars, the world just feels calm.

    And yeah the days from the 27th to the 30th are the great, the quiet and option to do things like catch up on some reading, binge a boxset, binge a selection box, whatever you want.

    Christmas is the time of year we get to be the people we always hoped we would be. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,696 ✭✭✭ TRS30


    Agree with most of that. The build up can seem a bit hectic however it just seems to be the way it is so i just accept it now and don’t get stressed about it. The days between 25th and 31st are a nice change of pace when we fully wind down and just try to spend as much family time as possible and relax.

    I wouldn’t say I have a favorite period, they are all different and I enjoy them for different reasons.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,680 ✭✭✭ DvB


    I find over the last few years having looked forward to the build up all year it appears to peaks around the end of November/first week in December with the launch of Christmas FM, late late toy show, adverts & decorations everywhere etc. Then a trend is forming that i enter a period of insanity with work that means I dont get to relax & take anything Christmas in until the day I finish work. I geneuinely felt it being more 'christmassy' about 2 weeks ago than i do at the moment, but come Friday when I leave work I'll enjoy the few days up to Christmas immensely, despite the amount of house work to be done in that time!!

    I know a few here like the few days after St. Stephens Day but I find alot depends on how the days fall, this year with a weekend in between i suspect there'll be some socialising & less peace & quiet!
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,930 jr86


    I agreed to work next Monday but beginning to regret it I think.

    The flip side is I was able to take the day's leave instead at a hectic time and next Monday will be seriously quiet in the office, with probably very little work for doing. However it will overall take a bit away from the buildup I feel, and I'll be still wrecked from the weekend I'd say

    Am also working the 27th and 30th but I actually like working those days.

    Anyone else have a similar schedule? By choice?

    FWIW - I have no kids which I'm sure impacts many


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 32,688 ✭✭✭✭ Delilah Easy Acrobat


    For us it's the week or so from St Stephen's day onward. It's relaxed yet filled with family gettogethers, hill walks and evenings in front of the fire enjoying good company and craic.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,792 Postgrad10


    I usually work right up until a day or two before Christmas Eve. Off from Friday 20th this year. Won’t know what to be doing with myself. I have to say I used to love Christmas Eve but for me now I love St Stephen’s Day and New Years Day. My favorite time is actually Easter. Nice dinner and much calmer time of year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,673 ✭✭✭ jam_mac_jam


    I love Christmas Eve, everyone is in a good mood. Most of the buying is done and everyone is all excited even if you are an adult. I am usually in work but we get out early, I might meet up for a couple of sneaking pints and then home early to family.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,930 jr86


    I love Christmas Eve, everyone is in a good mood. Most of the buying is done and everyone is all excited even if you are an adult. I am usually in work but we get out early, I might meet up for a couple of sneaking pints and then home early to family.

    I'd work Christmas evening no bother, but I work a good 1.5 hours from my home house (where I spend Christmas) :( and don't want to spend 3 hours of my day travelling unfortunately, as I've loads to do...

    Meant to be a brilliant atmosphere in the office on the day, generally plenty of food/cake and so on.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,512 ✭✭✭ baby and crumble


    I love the lead up to Christmas, in general the month of December. I actually am ambivalent about Christmas day itself for a few reasons, but everything else i really enjoy. I love the evening of Christmas Eve. The ham is in the slow cooker, and myself and my wife can just sit down with everything as sorted as it's going to get...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 101 ✭✭ DeniG2


    My favourite thing about Christmas day is that it doesn't feel like a day of the week i.e. Monday, Tuesday etc. On Christmas morning if you ask me what day of the week it is, I couldn't tell you, all I know is that it's Christmas day. Hard to explain but I love how special and different it is to every other day of the year.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 873 Casey78


    When it's all over.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,885 ✭✭✭ NSAman


    When the "Christmas Period" is over? No more moodiness and screaming..;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,792 Postgrad10


    NSAman wrote: »
    When the "Christmas Period" is over? No more moodiness and screaming..;)

    After the 6th of January. And not a minute before it!


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,326 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Loughc


    DvB wrote: »
    I find over the last few years having looked forward to the build up all year it appears to peaks around the end of November/first week in December with the launch of Christmas FM, late late toy show, adverts & decorations everywhere etc. Then a trend is forming that i enter a period of insanity with work that means I dont get to relax & take anything Christmas in until the day I finish work. I geneuinely felt it being more 'christmassy' about 2 weeks ago than i do at the moment, but come Friday when I leave work I'll enjoy the few days up to Christmas immensely, despite the amount of house work to be done in that time!!

    Are you me?? I could have written that word for word.


  • Registered Users Posts: 467 ✭✭ dubstepper


    For me it's the couple of days from 22/23rd to the day it's self, depending on how the year falls. Just really enjoy the feeling of starting to shut down after the general business of the month.

    On the flip side, I start to get a feeling of dread as it heads toward New Year's eve.... January is a b*stard.


  • Registered Users Posts: 48,877 ✭✭✭✭ Lithium93_


    Between the 25th and 31st, where there's absolutely no sense of time, and everyone is completely relaxed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,036 ✭✭✭ SusieBlue


    I most enjoy from the 21st to the big day itself, cause that's usually around the time I finish up in work and can finally relax.

    Am I the only person that absolutely dreads NYE? I find it really anticlimatic and depressing. Its just a night I've never enjoyed.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,930 jr86


    SusieBlue wrote: »
    I most enjoy from the 21st to the big day itself, cause that's usually around the time I finish up in work and can finally relax.

    Am I the only person that absolutely dreads NYE? I find it really anticlimatic and depressing. Its just a night I've never enjoyed.

    Yeah, no fan of it myself, haven't been out NYE in years now!

    Won't do a stroke for it this year anyway. Am usually always back working the 2 days after it, so try to be as fresh as possible cos I need to prepare the day before (as in on New Year's Day).


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,385 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    SusieBlue wrote: »
    Am I the only person that absolutely dreads NYE? I find it really anticlimatic and depressing. Its just a night I've never enjoyed.

    Maybe it's because I'm an early bird but I'm not a fan of it either.
    Also, once New Year's Day hits the return to work looms for me.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,036 ✭✭✭ SusieBlue


    I always get a bit sad and down at the thoughts of another year passing and those we've lost along the way not being there.
    I've had a tough few years myself so its always a bit emotional reflecting on that too. Of course there have been good times and I have a lot to be grateful and thankful for, but I always end up in a bit of a funk regardless of what kind of year I've had.

    Last year in an attempt to force myself to have fun, I went away for the night with my friends. Big mistake - got way too drunk and ended up teary eyed and sobbing as the clock struck 12 :pac: Never again! This year I'll just stay in and have an early night I think.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,680 ✭✭✭ DvB


    Loughc wrote: »
    Are you me?? I could have written that word for word.

    I think we've both been hanging around here for too long loughc...

    Took today off to go to the kids school christmas show and must admit it got me smack bang in the mood for Christmas, in work tomorrow and then half day friday which is a director's annual end of year meeting essentially and then out for our work lunch and drinks and that's me done for 2019. So one more day of work chaos and I can sit back and take it all in... can not wait!
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 29,737 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    SusieBlue wrote: »
    I most enjoy from the 21st to the big day itself, cause that's usually around the time I finish up in work and can finally relax.

    Am I the only person that absolutely dreads NYE? I find it really anticlimatic and depressing. Its just a night I've never enjoyed.

    Try going to the far north of Scotland ie Hogmanay land! When I lived in Orkney, they saw Christmas as " just another day" but the whole place erupted for Hogmanay... Huge parties.. and the phone lines tied up for hours around midnight


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,737 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    Sequestered and solitary and at peace after many years when I was not at peace.

    Family time is precious to the old folk here so that is deeply .respected

    A gentle feasting; no hype etc. And Jesus at the heart of it all . Love the special foods... really revel in them... tastes of memories without any sadness. There was a bad kind of nostalgia for years but that has healed.

    Been too ill this winter to do much and that is totally fine. My wide spread faith-family will have a hands across the ocean prayer time at midnight Canadian time.

    All starts for me at 3pm Christmas Eve with the Nine Lessons and Carols form Kings College. Huge deep sigh of sheer …. pleasure.

    After all, what matters is what we love. And enjoy. And this for me all has deep quiet pleasure.

    The last of my supplies will be here today, so then resting and healing.
    Whatever and wherever.. ENJOY! I shall; safe and snug out here in the vastness of the ocean with my cats!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,680 ✭✭✭ DvB


    Graces7 wrote: »
    Sequestered and solitary and at peace after many years when I was not at peace.

    Family time is precious to the old folk here so that is deeply .respected

    A gentle feasting; no hype etc. And Jesus at the heart of it all . Love the special foods... really revel in them... tastes of memories without any sadness. There was a bad kind of nostalgia for years but that has healed.

    Been too ill this winter to do much and that is totally fine. My wide spread faith-family will have a hands across the ocean prayer time at midnight Canadian time.

    All starts for me at 3pm Christmas Eve with the Nine Lessons and Carols form Kings College. Huge deep sigh of sheer …. pleasure.

    After all, what matters is what we love. And enjoy. And this for me all has deep quiet pleasure.

    The last of my supplies will be here today, so then resting and healing.
    Whatever and wherever.. ENJOY! I shall; safe and snug out here in the vastness of the ocean with my cats!

    Ah, Hope you have that lovely peaceful Christmas Grace, take care & enjoy!
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 2,895 ✭✭✭ Hamsterchops


    :cool:
    Postgrad10 wrote: »
    After the 6th of January. And not a minute before it!

    Here here, the full 12 days and nothing less.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,713 ✭✭✭ Caranica


    I made the journey home yesterday (to another part of Ireland) and I love this time. Hanging with my parents, chilling out. Seeing my nephews and just having down time. Some of our family traditions have faded out but quality family time is amazing. I don't have any friends left near home but that leaves more family time and that's good. I don't get home as often as I should so I'm happy to get decent time at Christmas. I have a very full life where I live but it's so nice to just check out for a week.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,930 jr86


    Back in work today but the office is lovely and quiet. Just looking out the window and barely a sinner on the street, there's just a beautiful atmosphere and stillness to the place

    No emails when I came in today, no letters, no deadlines, no hustle and bustle - I just love these post-Christmas/pre-New Years days where all the madness of adulthood and life's responsibilities just seem to be placed on hold for the time being

    Also no harm to be returning to a bit of normality too - ended up drinking and eating so much crap over the last few days, which is great don't get me wrong, but I'm bloated and actually cannot look alcohol in the eye again for another week :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,737 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    Beautiful post; thank you

    Here I am grossly over tired and overstretched. But it was worth it! My most peaceful and meaningful Christ-mass for many years As was inevitable given my illness.. .. At peace with all around me and rich in the things that matter.. made contact with overseas friends some of over sixty years together/apart,

    Days now to rest and sleep ; wild weather assisting this process as can barely get out of the door! Bliss! Just bed, knitting , youtube and food... Tub of Roses the island council gave! ….no obligations... peace.

    And carols on youtube.

    These days are as you rightly say, special..


    yyer2773]Back in work today but the office is lovely and quiet. Just looking out the window and barely a sinner on the street, there's just a beautiful atmosphere and stillness to the place.

    No emails when I came in today, no letters, no deadlines, no hustle and bustle - I just love these post-Christmas/pre-New Years days where all the madness of adulthood and life's responsibilities just seem to be placed on hold for the time being

    Also no harm to be returning to a bit of normality too - ended up drinking and eating so much crap over the last few days, which is great don't get me wrong, but I'm bloated and actually cannot look alcohol in the eye again for another week :pac:[/QUOTE]


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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    From work finishing until the end of St. Stephens Day. The excitement of the break and heading home to see family with the car full up of stuff is brilliant. I can never enjoy after Christmas as the depression of going back to work on the 2nd has taken root. I’d nearly be better going back on the 27th of December instead of wallowing for a week.


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