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It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas

Posted on 13 December, 2016 at 23:20

Ahh it's that time of year again when life gets so hectic and everyone feels the need to gather in large groups to celebrate another year!

While I love this a lot, this year is tinged with a little sadness. My eldest son has just moved out of home with his girlfriend 2 whole states away and I find myself walking around the house seeing bits and pieces of what's left of his growing up here and tears form. I kind of think it's not bad to have it happen at this time of year to some extent though as I'm just so busy with everything that I don't have much time to think!

I've been doing baking......Great Granny's (I miss her so) christmas cake, 

 

and singing christmas carols at our carpark christmas carols concert,

And there are more parties and events going on right up until christmas!

Here are some thoughts on Christmas that I recently posted on a group chat where we were discussing what makes Christmas for us now.

this time of year tends to be so busy for me with all the christmas functions, parties, concerts and christmas carols. I love it and also get exhausted by it all. I love to take time to remember that we do this for 2 reasons: 1. it's the end of the year and we'd do it whether christmas was on or not to celebrate a year of work and effort. 2. to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour and joyfully express that feeling of elation that we are His! and He is Ours! as i get older i get more mindful that it's not things at christmas (even though my primary love language is gifts lol) but the act of giving to reflect on the enormity of what God gave us. So I am encouraging my family to think on the value of gifts, the non material kind that require a little thought and often create more joy. Like a chicken rub recipe, or me making my mum Great Granny's christmas cake recipe because she's loved it for 66 years! I'm offering my niece a day workshop with me in my studio and giving her a cheap canvas so that we can workshop what she wants to do with it and has my attention the whole day! these are things that bless people with our thoughtfulness and time rather than lots of money (although granny's cake is a bit expensive hehehe all that alcohol for the soaking fruit) but then my neighbour has a still and furnishes us with the finest blue whiskey i've ever drunk in my life and we make him a video every year of his christmas trains and towns he loves to set up. things like this build relationships and love better than things do."

whatever your position is this Christmas I wish you a happy and safe Christmas and all wonderful sorts of things for 2017!



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