I hope that everybody is enjoying the remaining days of the holiday season!
A few people have asked me exactly what our family does on Christmas given that we are not Christian. It's true that we don't fully "do" Christmas. We don't observe the religious aspect of the holiday. We also don't do a more secularized, typical American Christmas celebration either.
However, since we're not living under a rock, we do participate in and enjoy some aspects of the season and of the day. We always like going to holiday parties or visiting with friends. We give a few carefully chosen or lovingly made holiday gifts--to the children's teachers and babysitters, my husband's boss, our next door neighbors. We enjoy receiving holiday cards from friends and seeing pictures of their families. Some special cooking or baking often happens in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas. Often, just for fun, we have a special meal (or "tea party" or "cocktail party") by ourselves at home on Christmas. And we enjoy spending time just hanging out together as a family--it's nice to be able relax into a stretch of time with nothing urgent to do and nowhere urgent to be!
This year, on Christmas Eve we decided that it sounded fun to go out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant close to our house. We enjoyed a delicious meal, then drove around our neighborhood for a while looking at lights and decorations. Christmas Day involved a lot of lounging and a bit of cooking and baking, ending with homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee/milk by the fireplace.
It's fun to have our own little traditions developing as a family, and to have wonderful friends and neighbors who include us in their celebrations!
A little bit more relaxation and a few more simple pleasures, and we'll be ready to start off 2011 in high gear!