The next member of the RiotACT team to share her thoughts on the festive season is feature writer Rachel Ziv. Like Charlotte Harper, who opened our My Christmas series, Rachel enjoys her children’s excitement about it all and reminiscing about her own childhood Christmases …
What I love most about Christmas is the feeling between Christmas songs and Christmas lights – it’s that warm fuzzy feeling that makes you feel good about humanity.
What I love least about Christmas is trying to do my normal grocery shop on a Saturday morning while having to contend with Christmas shoppers.
My best ever Christmas was probably as a kid. Christmas doesn’t get any better than when you’re a kid. I still remember the night I actually managed to lie in bed long enough to hear my parents putting stuff under the tree, thinking “Aha! I knew it!”
My favourite Christmas songs are Jingle Bells, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas.
My favourite Christmas film is Miracle on 34th Street.
I celebrate on Christmas Eve by enjoying a nice dinner, streaming Christmas songs off YouTube, and watching the kids jump around dancing.
I celebrate on Christmas Day by watching everyone open presents and waiting for a super yummy lunch! We’re also vegetarian but we love the pretend meats so we’ll have Sanitarium Veggie Roast (tastes like Turkey) with roasted veggies plus lots of different salads.
On Boxing Day I hate sitting around. Good Friday and Boxing Day used to be my least favourite days of the year until I discovered Boxing Day sales. So I’ll be at one of them by 9am. And the National Gallery is open on Boxing Day too so I’ll probably go out there and check out one of the exhibits.
The gift I’d most like to give this Christmas is absolute certainty to everyone that next year will be the best year of their lives.
For Christmas this year I’d like a Nutri Ninja blender. I can’t get my kids to eat veggies for nothin’, so I’m going to try to make them drink them!
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