That also slightly worries me about Christmas. In France, it's not like in the US. At my house, Christmas dinner on the 24th meant ham, mashed potatoes, and probably a pie of some kind for dessert. You might feel a bit full, considering that we would probably have spent the whole day eating all of the chocolate in the house, but generally, there were no major concerns.
In France, there's the Revellion. The Revellion is every imaginable thing to eat, served in shifts. So there's smoked salmon and blinis, there's fois gras, usually about 3 difference sizes of shrimp, there's snails, there's langoustine, sometimes coquilles-st.-jacques, crab, basically imagine a type of seafood, it's there. And that's just the first course.
I still haven't completely recovered my appetite. I eat a little, but I don't eat like I used to be able to. I basically have two weeks for my GI tract to reestablish itself, or I'll be in the bathroom every 20 minutes. Here's hoping that happens. I can eat whatever I want, but I just don't feel well.
Maybe there's more at play for why I don't really feel like Christmas anymore though. Maybe I'm getting more and more annoyed by building traditions and just seeing it work out to nothing. Part of me wonders if it would maybe be better once we have kids to never have two Christmases the same. Maybe one Christmas will be in France, and the other in the US. Then after that, maybe we'll be in Auckland, and maybe another year in Tokyo. Of course, I would wonder how that idea would work with kids. I dunno.
I remember how much I loved Christmas as a kid. Christmas music started in my house on the 1st of November. We would come home from our grandmother's and start decorating for Christmas. We bought our tree in December of course, but it was a real one. I always was the one pushing for it to be put up that night. I wanted Christmas to start as early as possible and end as late as it could.
Probably since I started college, Christmas has been getting more and more depressing. It feels like we're clinging to these traditions that just are losing what they meant. I think everyone suffers from the same problem of Christmas not being what it was when they were young.
I have an idea I'll start on the site the 12th. Hopefully you'll find it amusing. Why you've stuck around this long, leaves me with questions, even though it makes me happy that you have!