Regular RiotACT contributor Rachel Moore has no favourite Christmas music, because stints working in retail involved a full month or two of ‘Christmas TORTURE tunes’ each year.
What I love most about Christmas is the kids. Far out, there is nothing better than seeing a kid whose mind is completely blown over by the toys, lights, trees, bells and treats. It always makes me laugh when I see new parents who have so carefully chosen the perfect present for their one or two-year-old only to find the child’s favourite new thing is the wrapping paper.
What I like least about Christmas is missing all my favourite people. My Grandfather, Pop, Father-in-law, cousins and all my very special friends who are not here to share the cheer, love and laughter. Big love to the big ray of sunshine Sage who passed away recently. I light a candle and look at the stars for all of them every year, remembering the good times.
My best ever Christmas was when I woke up and snuck out early to see if Santa had been. (I discovered the big Santa secret a few years before but my brother said shhhhh, you get better presents that way). I discovered that I had my very own Troll Doll in a bunny suit with orange hair and a fake gemstone in its belly button. I “believed” in Santa until I was 13.
My favourite Christmas songs are NONE!!!! If you have ever worked in retail, even for a season, you have one to two months of Christmas TORTURE tunes! I always attempt to wear headphones to any shopping facility.
My favourite Christmas film is Home Alone. I watched it every year with my three older brothers and little sister. We still watch it when we all are together except as adults, my brothers are normally hungover!
I celebrate on Christmas Eve by wrapping presents. I am generally super organised and have the presents well in advance. For some reason I always leave wrapping till the last moment! Despite buying 74 packs of present labels, I can never find them and inevitably all gifts are written on with a giant black sharpie pen!
I celebrate on Christmas Day by spending time with my husband, family and friends. Any time with them makes any celebration awesome.
On Boxing Day see previously mentioned retail worker. For years I worked and whilst it was good money it took over many, many boxing days. Now I just find the closest body of water and lie there with family and friends eating seafood feeling grateful and sending good vibes to all those working on that day.
The gift I’d most like to give this Christmas is full eyesight back to my Nanna (AKA Jeanie Babe) who at 94 has almost lost all her vision. Jeanie Babes has spent whole life caring for everyone, making stunning craft and beautiful things. Now she can’t see properly and that is very distressing for her, she can’t even enjoy a trashy mag or a good romance novel. I would love that she could fully see out her days after such a big life, she deserves it.
For Christmas this year I’d like to make people laugh, in particular, make my little sister because she is belly jinglingly hilarious when she really gets her giggle on. I want everyone to be grateful for what they have and start to see an end to the “grass is greener” epidemic our society seems to be breeding.
Pictured above, Rachel and Alastair Moore – Their 2015 Chrismas – New Zealand – Waiheke Island