Writing Prompt, December 25th – Give me 10 minutes! – Christmas Day


Take 10 minutes. Sit, Write. Whatever comes to mind, let it flow free and just write it down. Write down ALL the thoughts words, concepts, worries, everything – that strolls through your mind in the span of 10 minutes.

Yesterday was Christmas Day in my world. Its traditionally a family day and mine was no different. I spent lunch with my sister and she always puts on a fabulous spread.

After it was a return home, get organised for the night as it was my kids who were coming to have dinner with me and each other.

It was one of the memorable Christmas night dinners we have had. My second son is an artist and during the year a t-shirt was created with one of his designs on it. So I decided that it would make a good Christmas present for my kids and their partners. So I sorted out how to buy a lot and wrapped them accordingly trying as best I could to get the sizing’s right.

One of the things we did last night was to take a photo of us in our shirts. For the girls they were a tad long and for us growing boys a not as full as we might have liked.

As a result, we took a series of photos with hilarious results. The most interesting thing for me was my son posted one of the photos to Facebook and it has received an enormous number of likes.


We had a great time there is no doubt. Lots of laughter and merriment. Each of my kids contributes to the dinner, with chicken, ham and salads and a great dessert one of my girls sweetened us up with.

The only sad part of the night was that my youngest daughter whose marriage ended this past year did not have her boys with her as they were having time with their father. We know this is the way of it for the future and it’s something we have to come to terms with.

Gifts wise they gave me a new garden chair which I managed this morning to assembly with no embarrassing bits left over or mysteriously missing from the packed.

There’s no doubt that Christmas changes as you get older. Its significance changes slightly but you are always able to reach out to the ones you love, share your day with them and express your love, no matter how silly you might make yourself look.

Merry Christmas every one.


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20 Responses to Writing Prompt, December 25th – Give me 10 minutes! – Christmas Day

  1. Soul Gifts says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful family day 🙂

  2. I’m glad that you and your family had such a great day Michael and the tshirts look great, well done Lucas.

  3. Oloriel says:

    Happy Holidays! Sounds like you had a wonderful time, and reading about your idea and how it manifested just made me feel warm at heart. I cherish that you included the photos as well. I hope every year for you is joyous and happy, with nice and funny memories!

  4. wordwitch88 says:

    Well done on you for being so thoughtful and sharing in Lucas’s wonderful creations! And silly? Silly is in the eyes of the beholder – so if there is laughter and genuine warmth (not the temperature kind, as is the case in your part of the world) then what better means of creating and sharing moments as a family, despite the inevitable difficulties of separations etc. Sadly a part of life, but I’m sure there will also be many more joyous moments to come 🙂

    Glad that you had such a wonderful time with your family this holiday season Michael 🙂

  5. Lyn says:

    What a great idea for a present! Well done you and well done Lucas 🙂

  6. julespaige says:

    When we first moved to this area we only had ourselves. Now we have to pick and choose as the family spreads. Such is life. We celebrate whenever we can, sometimes making our own holidays.

    Nice shirts 🙂 I don’t do face book but I can translate that to be ‘Dead Head’. Was it for music?

    • Michael says:

      “Dead posh” = highly important, upper class that sort of thing…..the shirts were made as a way of publicizing my sons artwork and for the gallery who made them to make some money….

      • julespaige says:

        Oh…looked like an ‘R’.
        I understand POSH
        Port out, Starboard home…
        how one used to travel on ships…
        Yes, only the very upper class could afford to do that. Very important people. Still very nice and may your son have much success 🙂

  7. Mara Eastern says:

    The family shot is shirt uniforms is great 🙂 I’m in awe of you that you managed to assemble your chair. I always fail when I attempt such a thing and I suspect the producers deliberately add extra parts in the package to mess with me.

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