Christmas Eve has arrived and it is time for my first ever Christmas post.
Every year Christmas has a very special meaning for me. The year is coming to an end and it is a great time filled with lots of nice traditions. I’ll write a detail end-of-year update for New Year’s Eve, but before that I thought it would be nice to reflect a bit on what Christmas is all about (for me, that is).
Christmas is a time for family and friends
For me, Christmas is all about family and friends.
I love all the (Danish) traditions that follow with Christmas – and we have a lot!
(This is one of the most famous commercials that run every year during Christmas in Denmark – it is Santa Claus chasing a Danish beer brand).
On Christmas Eve and the days that follow, I spend a lot of time with my family. It is one of the few times each year where everyone is together.
In Denmark, we spend the evening on 24 December eating duck and pig while drinking beers. After the dinner, we dance around a Christmas tree while singing songs (I thought everyone in the world did this until I found out it is only Danish people who do). We usually end the evening with dessert and some Christmas presents.
During December, I meet up with friends in all the weekends leading up until Christmas to enjoy nice dinners and lots of Christmas beers. It is a time where you really get to spend time with your friends.
For me, Christmas is all about friends and family.
Christmas is a time for self-reflection
For me, Christmas is a time for self-reflection.
According to the dictionary, self-reflection means:
“Careful thought about your own behavior and beliefs”
I spend time during Christmas to think about what really matters in life. Spending time with family and friends definitely shows me what I really value compared to work, for example.
During Christmas, I try to turn off the computer and don’t think about work at all. That clears up a lot of mental space to think about life, which I really enjoy.
One of my highlights is spending an hour in a church on Christmas Eve. Even though I am not religious, I enjoy singing the Christmas songs and the atmosphere in the church, which gives me time for self-reflection.
Christmas is a time for giving
As you know, I am not a big fan of expensive presents, but I do like giving smaller things that matter. I think it is perfectly fine to give presents, but the same principles as buying things for Black Friday applies for me.
I think Christmas should be more than just giving presents to your loved ones. For me, it is also about giving something to people who are worse off than you.
Many people will not be able to enjoy the lavish Christmas that many of us in the developed countries are having. That is why I have made it a Christmas tradition to donate money to charities on Christmas Eve. This year, I decided to donate a smaller amount to UNICEF to care for all the children in the world that do not even know it is Christmas. I encourage you to do the same if you like 🙂
Talking about giving, I will end this Christmas post with a happy story from Denmark. This year in Denmark, we are not having a white Christmas, but a green Christmas! Our wind mills produce enough sustainable energy to cover 110% of our energy consumption today on Christmas Eve in Denmark. How’s that for a Christmas gift to the world?
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope that you too have time for friends, family, self-reflection and giving.
Ho ho ho,