Festive Season Over 50s Lifestyle

What does the Festive Season Mean to You?

December 7, 2017
Festive Season

The Festive season means different things to different people.  For some it is religious to celebrate the birth of Christ, for others it is all about family and friends coming together.  Others may celebrate Hanuka or other religious traditions and of course there are New Year Celebrations.

In my post earlier this week, I wrote about  5 traditions for my festive season and the importance of these traditions to me and my family.

I’ve asked a few of my blogging friends to share what the Festive Season means to them.  I’d love you to leave us all a comment and share your thoughts with us.  Don’t forget to visit each of these ladies over at their blogs when you have finished.

Leanne from Cresting the Hill

First off I’d have to mention that we try to keep some focus on the birth of Jesus being the “Reason for the Season” in our family by including a nativity scene in our Christmas decorations, and we always go to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.

The major focus of Christmas for me though, is family – the day itself is so special for giving gifts and enjoying being together.  It has also always been the time of the year where we get together with extended family over various meals and I love seeing our children laughing with their cousins and growing older together. Now the cousins are adults too and we have their children attending the family gatherings, a whole new generation to enjoy.

As our kids have gotten older and moved away from home the old traditions have slowly changed. Now they’re both married and we have to share them with their spouses’ families and that means creating new traditions. Christmas lunch no longer happens – it has become Boxing Day lunch, and this year that may not include both our kids as our daughter is wanting to redefine what Christmas means to her – and that seems to involve less running around trying to juggle two families.

Last Christmas was our first with a grandbaby – and this year she and her parents are spending their first Christmas Day with us (normally it’s with the other side of the family) – I’ve already begun to make plans and buy grandbaby presents – such fun.  I’m learning to adapt what Christmas means to me as our family dynamics change – it’s hard to let some of the old ways go, but it’s also lovely to embrace new ways of doing things and to share the joy with a grandchild.

The two photos are what Christmas used to be when our kids were teenagers and what it has become with our granddaughter.

Kathy from 50 Shades of Age

Christmas has always been a very special time of year for me as I come from a big family, that is ever-growing. It’s the perfect time to catch up with family that you don’t see often and also a good time to put differences aside and come together.

We normally gather together at a family member’s house, usually either mine or my brothers, and have a big Christmas lunch comprising of roast turkey, baked ham, roast pork and all the trimmings, and a variety of salads. We all contribute to the day by bringing something. Mine has been the Christmas pudding for numerous years, as I seem to be only one that knows how to make one!

Afterwards we always have the traditional Christmas day cricket match and then a cool off in the swimming pool. It is always a happy day and we all are well and truly overstuffed but the end of it!

Debbie from Deb’s World

Festive Season

Christmas has always been about family and spending time together. In all my years I can only think of one or two times that my husband and I have been on our own for Christmas Day.

When my three daughters were little I always made them a matching Christmas dress for all the parties, Santa photos and to wear on Christmas Day. It was all about making their day special and fun.  In 2014 we had a family holiday at the beach and my second daughter made her sisters matching Christmas dresses which they proudly wore for a special photo shoot and presented me with photos matching their younger days.  It was very funny!!

Nowadays they are all grown up and we have fallen into the pattern of getting together every second year. With one daughter living in the UK and our other two daughters and numerous family members scattered throughout Australia it isn’t an easy task but we manage to do it.  On the year we have everyone together we start looking early for a suitable house somewhere, usually at the beach, and get working on the logistics of getting everyone together.  It’s quite an effort but it’s worth it in the end.

Debbie continues her thoughts about What Christmas means to her over at her post so you can finish reading by clicking here.

 

Wendy from The Art of ‘Why Not’?

 

In the hustle and bustle that is Christmas, it is easy to define this season as bright lights and pretty decorations, wrapped presents, and overwhelmed exhaustion. Like so many women the world over, I often approach December with a “things will be different this year” attitude — slower, quieter, simpler. Then Black Friday arrives and suddenly the Christmas crazy begins!

It is easy to forget what Christmas really means to me in the midst of the merriest yet busiest season of the year. The opportunity to contribute to this post, however, gave me a moment to stop and reflect. This year brings many changes to our family, and with those changes come some bittersweet emotions. We’ve lost loved ones and gained others to love. We’ve sold old family homes and will make new memories under different roofs. Our old traditions will evolve into new celebrations. These changes have reminded me, however, that as important as family traditions are, Christmas is so much more than what we do or even who we are able to do it with.

I know it sounds trite, but it is no less true: Christmas is and will always be about love. The love of God for us, given freely in the form of His son Jesus, whose birth we celebrate on this holiday. And the love we have for each other, for family and friends who hold so much of our hearts, who make us who we are, even if they are no longer with us. That love will always define Christmas.

So this December, as I inevitably become ensnared in the Christmas crazy and as I consider all that has changed, I will remember all that remains the same. Time and circumstance will never take away these two constants: Jesus and family.

Because love will always be what Christmas means to me.

 

I loved reading the thoughts of these lovely ladies and don’t forget to click on their link and visit their websites.  Each has a different take on life and well worth a read.

Leanne from Cresting the Hill

Kathy from 50 Shades of Age

Debbie from Deb’s World

Wendy from The Art of ‘Why Not’?

What does the Festive Season mean to you?  I’d love you to leave us a comment with your thoughts.

 

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31 Comments

  • Reply Debbie Harris December 7, 2017 at 09:01

    This was a lovely read Sue! I enjoyed seeing how others feel about Christmas and reading their stories. I appreciate you including me and linking to my post (which you inspired me to write). Everyone has different ways of spending the time but I think being with family is the main one. Thanks again for a great read.xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2017 at 09:47

      I love these group posts Deb as I get to know everyone just that little bit more. Family is the key and I hope everyone has a beautiful holiday season. thanks for taking part and I look forward to your next guest post with me. x

  • Reply Jo Tracey December 7, 2017 at 09:41

    I really enjoyed this read. It was great to read what others do as their Christmas traditions. Thanks to you all. #TeamLovinLife

  • Reply Jo Castro December 7, 2017 at 09:54

    It’s always so lovely to read about what other families do, and love doing for Christmas. Everyone is so different, but essentially I think we all, especially if we are mothers, like having our brood around us if possible 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:45

      We do love having our families around us Jo, don’t we? That is why I made our blended family get together on a separate day. We can enjoy being together without anyone rushing to arrive and being tired and grumpy!

  • Reply Leanne December 7, 2017 at 10:50

    I had to pop over and have a read while I was eating breakfast on our Rottnest balcony Sue! It was a lovely collection of thoughts and so reflective of what the underlying meaning of Christmas is to all of us – love and family. No matter how much the world commercialises things, it still comes back to love doesn’t it? Thanks for putting this together – I really enjoyed it (and the Christmas photos!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:44

      Yes, I knew you couldn’t leave SM behind LOL:) It does come back to love and family Leanne and I just loved this post and all of you who were involved. Can’t wait to start our new project in 2018. In the meantime, RELAX YOU ARE ON HOLIDAY!!!

  • Reply Deborah December 7, 2017 at 11:08

    A few new faces there Sue, thanks. It’s interesting that Christmas is – for many – about family. I suspect that’s why I’m always a bit ‘meh’ about it. When my niece was little it was lovely to share her Christmas morning but of course that changed and she’s 21 now and I don’t always spend Xmas with her / my bro / SIL etc…

    This year it’ll just be my mum and I so it’ll be more about having a break from work than anything else! #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:43

      Oh good Deb. I’m glad you’ve met some new bloggers. You and your Mum should spoil yourselves this year and do something special together. I hope you have a relaxing break and look forward to connecting more in 2018. x

  • Reply Alicia O'Brien December 7, 2017 at 12:55

    My favourite thing is also family, not so much the Jesus part of it anymore(when I was younger maybe). I love our big meal together, the laughs, the dogs, the kids, the stories and jokes. No doubt we will miss our Gran who died earlier this year, and there will be many stories about her! Such an amazing time of year x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:42

      Oh your Christmas sounds perfect Alicia. Not everyone is religious but I do think that at this time of year everyone does try to think of others and reflect in some sort of way on their life. Yes, it is hard when we lose a loved one during the year but you must talk about her and remember her at this time. That way she will always be with you. X

  • Reply Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?" December 7, 2017 at 13:10

    Sue, this was a lovely read! I enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts. You have really gotten me into the Christmas spirit this week! Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of this! I always enjoy your articles. xoxo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:41

      Hi Wendy, I loved having you as a guest and can’t wait until I have you as my guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series. I put the decoration you sent me last year from the White House on my tree. Now every year I can think of you at Christmas time.

      • Reply Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?" December 12, 2017 at 05:29

        This makes me so happy to think I get to be part of your Christmas, Sue! ❤️ I am looking forward to your Over 50 & Thriving series (and trying not to think about the “over 50” part of it, hahaha!)!

        • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2017 at 09:12

          I’m thrilled you took part, Wendy. I still have the ornament of the Christmas Tree from the White House you sent me last year. It is hanging on my tree. I’m so looking forward to you being a guest again for the Over 50 & Thriving Series. I’ve some great writers lined up including you! x

  • Reply Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project December 7, 2017 at 14:45

    Christmas to me is spending time with loved ones and enjoying the traditions of the season xox

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:40

      I agree Lyndall that is the perfect Christmas. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

  • Reply Jan Wild December 7, 2017 at 15:17

    It’s interesting to see how Christmas traditions stay the same or change over time depending on the family. For me there have been several iterations from big family Christmases when I was a child to ‘orphan’ Christmases with friends when I was single. I love a Christmas day celebration and this year we are spending it in Rockhampton with my niece and her family. I know two things for sure – it will be hot and it will be relaxed.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:39

      Yes I know what you mean Jan and each one brings special memories. I think the secret to a happy Christmas is being relaxed and especially in Australia with the heat. Everyone just getting together in a relaxed environment creating memories and enjoying each other’s company. Sounds perfect!

  • Reply Kathy Marris December 7, 2017 at 19:05

    What a fabulous post. I think we’re all on the same page here. Christmas is about spending time with family and loved ones and bringing everyone together. Thanks for asking me to contribute Sue. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:38

      I loved having you all Kathy and look forward to your stand alone guest post in the New Year for my Over 50 & Thriving Series. See you Saturday!

  • Reply Ingrid December 7, 2017 at 21:40

    For me Christmas is all about getting together with family and friends and celebrating the year that’s been – whilst enjoying and sharing yummy food I must add – lol!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:37

      Sounds like the Christmas most of us have and nothing could be more perfect. Have a very Happy Christmas, Ingrid and enjoy! xx

  • Reply Patty December 7, 2017 at 23:53

    This was very enjoyable reading!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2017 at 07:37

      Thanks for visiting Patty! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Donna December 9, 2017 at 10:13

    Keep sending the Christmas inspiration, Sue!
    I loved reading Leanne’s, Kathy’s Wendy’s and Deb’s holiday thoughts.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2017 at 11:46

      I love this time of year Donna and always focus my blog around Christmassy posts. It was lovely having these ladies as my guest and glad you enjoyed their contribution xx

  • Reply Michele December 16, 2017 at 14:15

    It was so nice to read all of these declarations of what
    Christmas means. it did make me pause to think about our own Christmas. We will not have the same kind of Christmas this year, and have talked about letting some traditions go and starting new ones. Still, for me it is about family, whatever and whoever that includes.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 18, 2017 at 11:04

      I love these round up posts Michele as I enjoy hearing the thoughts of other women of my age demographic. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and may 2018 bring joy and happiness to you and your family xx

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle December 18, 2017 at 12:23

    A wonderful post reading about others Christmas traditions. One thing seems to be that as we get older and family changes either growing or reducing it involves changes. Accepting change and looking forward to new things is exciting. May we all enjoy the season with thankful hearts.

    Kathleen

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 19, 2017 at 08:11

      Merry Christmas to you Kathleen. Thank you so much for another year of friendship and I look forward to continuing our connection in 2018. Who knows maybe even a face to face coffee catch up. Wouldn’t that be nice? xx

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