What it all means to me (Midwinter)

A Date with Your Family

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Sitting in front of this keyboard and monitor, sipping my Ovaltine, thinking about my day has got me thinking about other stuff instead. My daughter has just asked me about what I believe about Christmas. Do I believe that Christmas is all about that bloke Jesus and his birthday? Not being the sort to say much that I don’t believe in, I answered truthfully what I felt Christmas is all about.

For me Christmas is all about family and has nothing to do with any religion. As an atheist I guess I couldn’t answer any other way but I strongly believe that midwinter is very much a time of family get-togethers, I wish we had more of them!

The sharing of presents could be done any time of year, midsummer for instance, midwinter has a sort of aura around it that compels me to want to be close to my family. Sitting in the easy chairs, sharing life experiences, funny stories or simply relaxing after a midwinter feast. I can think of nothing better.

I truly don’t need all the hype and commercialism that surrounds Christmas. I really don’t want over 99% what the TV tells us we MUST HAVE for Christmas!

On other matter, you really should try roasting your vegetables! I’ve tried it a couple of times now and they taste wonderful! Instead of boiling the death out of them, simply slice your vegetables (so far I’ve tried parsnips, carrots, potatoes(halved or quartered if large) and onions(halved)), place them on a baking tray or in a shallow roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and honey. Roast for around 30 to 45 minutes depending on whatever else is in the oven with them (lower heat=longer time). Simply delicious!

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