Every Christmas all the cousins and second cousins head up to my Dad’s cousin’s coastal home. It’s a fair distance anyway, and in the past few years there’s always been an L plater driving to get some more hours. Each family brings their designated dish; potatoes, salmon, salad, pavlova or ham. Since we were very young, every year all the cousins make a human pyramid. It’s slowly gotten larger, due to the additional cousins being born and the fact that we are all growing to the same size! After Christmas lunch, someone dresses up as Santa and hands out the presents. Then we put on our wetsuits (the water’s still cold in Tassie!) and walk down the dunes for a surf or body board. The day is full of squabbles, laughs and sunshine but we’re together as a family and that’s what makes it so beautiful.
I love Christmas because it’s a time where people come together, share food, stories and love. It’s a time where we can remind ourselves of our countless blessings. It’s a time of reflection of the past year and preparation for the New Year. But what Christmas most importantly means to me is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. People with different stories, from different walks of life celebrating the most significant birthday party in the world is my favourite thing about Christmas.
Emma Parnham, 17 – writer, artist – Instagram