“Well what a big year 2015 has been!”
The first line of any typical Christmas letter/email hundreds of thousands of people type out every year to send to their nearest and dearest…as well as basically anyone they’ve ever met long enough to scrawl down their postal or email address and add to the Christmas card list.
I consider ye old Christmas letter as a pretty ‘adult’ thing to do, and therefore something I most definitely do not do on an annual basis. I mean, I haven’t even graduated to sending Christmas cards let alone including a letter briefly detailing all of my family’s accomplishments for the year. The fact we don’t have any children is a small hurdle (but don’t underestimate how much I could write about my dog).
What better time then to write my very first Christmas letter than right here, right now, on Christmas Eve Eve. I will not print out 50 copies and pop them in the mail (they won’t make it in time anyway), nor will I send it in a group email with a cheery photo attached. I will simply leave it here for all my ‘friends’ on the innernetz to read because let’s be honest – internet friends are the best kind anyway.
Dear [insert your name here],
Well what a big year 2015 has been!
Wes and I kicked off the new year dancing to Joelistics at New Year’s Eve on the Hill counting down the minutes to midnight quite literally – we were desperate to see in the new year and then get straight to bed because we are getting old folks – forget partying until sunrise. We’re all about quality AND quantity of sleep these days.
I have to be honest – I can’t actually remember much else about the first, let’s say, three quarters of this year. How do people document their lives so precisely in these letters? Maybe they make it up. Give me a moment to refer to the ‘Year in Review’ function on Facebook and back track a little.
Ok. We’re good.
February saw me head back home where I attended the best small town music festival going around, and also took part in a tear-jerking, butterflies-inducing reunion with one of my closest pals and favourite people (as well as her two little people!) after three very long and painful years of separation. In early March, we spent a delightful long weekend together exploring South Gippsland, playing with lego, waiting for penguins and eating ice-cream, before she was whipped away from me again much too soon.
Later that month Wesley and I jumped on a plane and jetted to Fiji for a long-awaited and much deserved holiday. I knew we weren’t quite going to get the cultural experience we were expecting when, upon asking our driver what traditional Fijian foods we should try during our holiday, he responded with, “Steak, hamburgers…and fish and chips“. Sigh. But we did appreciate the sunshine, incredible ocean views and empty hours filled with nothing but swimming, drinking cocktails (or mocktails in my case) and reading book, after book, after book. We then celebrated the wedding of Wes’s brother and sister-in-law, where I *ahem* caught the bouquet and had a rather wonderful time.
If anything, 2015 was a year of reunions and I’m not complaining one bit. April through to July was filled with much-needed catch-ups with people I hadn’t seen for far too long and, pushing aside the humour for one second, I’d just like to say how much I appreciate the people that fill my life and heart. Looking back at these photos (thanks Facebook!) really makes me smile and knowing I’ll see these people a lot more in the near future makes me smile even more.
I also got to watch my football team lose by a lot of points around this time of the year and it also seems very little happened in August. Moving on.
September. What a month! I took some time off work, headed home to spend some time with my parents and received the biggest surprise of my life. I managed to plan approximately 65% of our wedding in the first two hours post-proposal, and am very much looking forward to planning the rest in 2016. I might even let Wes get a word in here and there too. 😉
Sticking to the wedding theme, almost one month later I had the absolute honour of standing beside one of my beautiful friends as she married the love of her life and laughed more that afternoon than I had in months. As much as I may resist growing older at times, seeing more and more of my friends get married because #adultthingstodo is the best thing about it by far. I’m all about those nuptials!
And with November flying past faster than you could say ‘upload a photo to Facebook so I can remember what happened this month’…
EDIT: How could I forget? November was host to one of my proudest moments of the year – our incredible Wonthaggi Relay For Life event where we raised over $50,000 for cancer research and support services! You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face that weekend (except for when I was a borderline blubbering mess because #emotions).
…we arrive at December – a month filled with Christmas shopping that never seems to end, enough chocolate to fill two of me (or in actual fact, double the size of me) and counting down the days to the holidays, which officially start for me at 11.30am tomorrow! Which reminds me of the suitcase I haven’t yet packed and the presents I still have to wrap, so that is all from me, dear friend.
I hope your year has been filled with family, friends, good health and moments worth remembering, and wish you all the best for 2016!
Until next year(‘s Christmas letter because let’s be honest, we probably won’t talk between now and then*),
*For purpose of replicating a typical Christmas letter only. I hope I will talk to you ALL before Christmas 2016 – in fact, leave me a comment below and tell me all the cool things you did in 2015!)