Christmas is my favorite season. It isn’t only because of the presents we get but also because of the family gatherings. I am always so excited for Christmas due the amount of time I get to spend with my family and for the days at which I get to relax.
This year we spent these holidays along with guests from Italy. A four membered family in which the couple and my parents had spent their university years together. Me and my siblings also got pretty close with their kids and that was a great start for us to get to know them.
Together we decided different places in the city that would be interesting and fun to visit, but that one place that caught their attention the most was the Friluftsmuseum. It was a great way to become familiar with the old swedish days and their living style back then. An exposition of a village similar looking to the ones that were built years ago with living animals, plants and original houses. Most of the time during the Christmas Holidays period we cooked something at home because sadly the restaurants were closed.
On the Christmas Eve we all gathered early in our home. A lot of talks about actual life in Greece, Italy and Sweden happened as much as playing games. My favorites were some greek card games “moutzouris” and “blofa”. There, a good amount of luck and my frozen cold poker face were essentials respectively to dominate the game until dinnertime.
My mom had prepared a really promising dinner in which the main dish was turkey. I can’t really remember all of the dishes but one thing is for sure… the turkey was delicious. After dinner we exchanged gifts and Secret Santa was the game. My family likes to have it every year even if it is not an as usual tradition as the one in which we exchange gifts on New Years Eve.
I was the Secret Santa for my sister and I bought her that pretty backpack that she really wanted and now enjoys. My mother, who was my Santa, gave me a pretty necklace for me to wear in special occasions. We exchanged gifts with our friends too and after a new long playfull time, late at night, we walked our guests to their hotel.
I can say that this Christmas was really different from all the others we have had in the past.
I wish that every new year that comes, from now on, will be different from every past one in an joyful way.