A Christmas Conversation

The holidays can bring out the best and the worst in people.

The one really great thing about the holidays is that it’s a time for grace and forgiveness often coming along from simple conversations. So let’s chat. Tier?

Hi. I agree. The best part of the holidays is that everyone just seems so much nicer.

True dat!

Everyone is thinking of others, conscious about donating to charities, making big comfort food meals…it’s great. And I love that even the simplest things seem…more cozy maybe? More love-filled? Like there’s something special about watching Christmas movies. Sure, maybe you watch movies with your loved ones all the time, but it’s one thing to binge Netflix and another to snuggle on your couch with your favorite people, drinking hot chocolate and sheltering from the cold. Ya know?

So true. Generosity becomes a major part of our lives for a month through gift giving, spending time with others and being more aware of ourselves. It all feels cozy, like the entire world becomes one big happy family.

Okay, but how about something a little less deep. What’s one of your favorite things about Christmas? 

One of the greatest joys of Christmas for me is listening to beautiful carols.

Yes! I don’t understand people who don’t like Christmas music.

I know, me neither! This weekend, I sat on the floor of a church, wearing a glow stick and listened to ALTERNATIVE carols.

Alternative?

They were like regular old classic church carols, they were just more upbeat!

Sounds cool—and like a far cry from the torture we must have put our parents through each year at Christmas programs they had to sit through. Hearing little kids lisp through “We WIIISSHHHHH you a Merry Christmas” is cute. But the cuteness stops once you get older and can’t stay on pitch. You were in choir back in the day—any favorite carols to sing or listen to in particular?

I’ve always had a soft spot for “Silent Night,” probably because we’d sing it in German—”Stille Nacht”—so it seemed more special, and it’s a pretty tune. There’s that other one that is something like…”Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky little lamb…” You know that one? I like that one too.

Yes! That’s one of my favs, too. But how about least favorite? I’m not a singer, but “Santa Baby” is one song I absolutely 100% cannot stand. It just grosses me out.  

Creepy yes. I’m not on board with the whole “sexy Santa” thing. Ugh, what about that annoying one that says the same thing over and over and over again…”Feliz Navidad.” I cannot stand it. I turn it off the minute I hear “Fel…” Boom! Off!

Okay, so music is good. What’s the “bad” about this time of year for you?

I used to be a major gift giver. Admittedly, I’ve gone over the top a few times. But I LOVED giving people gifts.

You are a great gift giver!

Don’t lie to me. My gift giving has gone downhill lately. In recent years, it’s become a hassle. The older I get, the more I feel like people don’t truly appreciate the gifts that I give them. And for that, I blame the advertisements for ruining my witty, homemade gifts. Holidays ads are the worst! All they do is push products all the time. Ugh.

Agreed. Advertising is annoying. And also agreed on homemade gifts—I love them! There is a lot of pressure to find that perfect gift for people. For me, it all depends on the person. Like, it’s easy peasy to buy stuff for my mom because we’re so similar, but it’s a struggle-fest to find stuff for my huntin’ and fishin’, country-lovin’ brother. 

You’ve always been a good gift giver though because you get people gifts they can actually use—stuff we want!

Well thanks. But, despite gift giving being a hassle sometimes, one of my favorite things is wrapping gifts. I’m not very good at it (I can never seem to make the corner crease just so) but still, I love picking out which person will get which print of paper, and curling ribbons—all that jazz. Love it. Or maybe I just really love ribbon…hm.

The struggle of wrapping a gift is all too real. Just use a bag and some tissue paper. That always makes a present look nice.

True. Anyway, I love seeing the pile of pretty wrapped packages—yes, sometimes even brown and tied up with string—and knowing that, soon, I’ll be putting them in someone’s hands, and they’ll smile and all that gushy feel-good stuff. Cheers for advertising not ruining that, huh? 🙂

Indeed! Gotta love the sappy gifts. Once a year we get to truly tell people how much we love them and it’s totally acceptable because it’s Christmas. What would you say is one of your least favorite things about Christmas? Like something you could really do without?

One of my least favorite things about Christmas is the decorations.

Really? I would have never guessed that!

I love having my garland and lights and tree, don’t get me wrong. If you ask me, our apartment looks best all done up in glitter and lights. But I’ll admit, even as I’m walking along our countertops, nestling ornaments into green branches, a little corner of my soul is dying because I know that soon (so soon!) I’ll be tearing it all down and everything will look bare and sad and empty. Is that dramatic?

No, not really. I think that’s why some people put decorations up at the start of November. It makes it less of a waste of time.

But, hey, you know what my favorite thing about this Christmas is?

Do tell!

You’re coming back to the States and I get to see you! And we can have hot chocolate with Bailey’s and an insane amount of marshmallows, and talk face to face, and—but let’s not bore the readers, shall we? They’ve *heard* enough of our conversation.

That’s a wrap on our Christmas conversation! Until next time!

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