Expectations of Christmas

What immediately springs to mind when you hear the word “Christmas”?

I would imagine that the answers I’d get to this (if I were to conduct a survey) would vary, but I’d also imagine that many of them would fall within the same category. I’d expect answers to include ‘presents’, ‘music’, ‘food’, ‘drink’, ‘Santa’, ‘Jesus’ birth’ (I’d hope that would crop up), and probably also ‘family’. Many of these things are synonymous to a modern day Christmas; a time of indulgence, giving and receiving (coupled with over-spending), and a general sense of frivolity.

Yet; I get the sense that for many people, the answers that I’ve given just now don’t quite cover it all.

An Edinburgh Christmas

One of the joys of living in St Andrews is that it’s pretty easy to get to Edinburgh.. (about the only place easy to get to mind, it’s a little bit isolated..!) But this meant that Edinburgh Christmas markets were definitely on the cards – and had been for several months. All we needed was to find out when our exams were, and then plan accordingly!

Thankfully we managed to find a day that worked, and headed over to feel festive in the city – and it was such a lovely day! I thought I’d share a few of the highlights – and things to look out for if you’re near Edinburgh this Christmas!

Truth of Christmas – What is?

Let’s set the scene. 

It’s dark. It’s cold. The sky is clear, and you can see the stars above you, but as a result, the air is crisp and fresh. 

You’re standing on a hillside, huddling closer around a fire with your colleagues, in an attempt to keep warm. Sort of picture penguins grouping together, and how they rotate who is on the outside. Just this time, the people on the outside are looking outwards, watching out over the hillside. 

Christmas Lights @ Kew

As anyone with a December/Winter Birthday will know, it’s really hard to find good ways to celebrate (especially if you’re a naturally circulated person, and being outside isn’t much fun! Last year, to celebrate my 18th Birthday, I spent the day with my family, and finished up with walking round the Christmas Illuminations display at Kew Gardens. 

Introducing: Christmas with a Difference

Christmas comes around every year, and I often think it comes around before we know it each and every year. As if every year that I get older, a year seems to become shorter? Weird, I know, but still a very real feeling! Either way, as we approach what can be one of the busiest seasons of all, I’ve decided to create a space to allow me to explore some of the less thought of aspects of Christmas.

Teetotal Teen

How often does the question ‘Do you want to go for drinks?’ come up in everyday conversation, especially when trying to make plans. It’s almost become the norm that since turning 18, all of us HAVE to go somewhere that provides alcohol: as if you can’t have fun without it.

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