Saturday, 1 December 2012
Christmas Cheer or Christmas Fear?
Have we well and truly lost the magic of Christmas? When did it simply become an exercise in aligning everyone's schedules, battling for parking in the shopping centre and inwardly groaning as we fulfil our obligations? If you are currently heaving a great big sighs over this Christmas 'burden', spare a thought for those who regard this holiday as the loneliest time of the year because they do not have family and friends to spend it with, for those who do not have anything to eat let alone have any money to buy gifts, and for those who see it as just another day in their struggle to simply survive.
How can we have forgotten that Christmas is about spending time with those you love the most? That it is not about the price tag of the gift, but it is really about the thought that counts? That it is a time that we have free rein to eat, drink and be merry? That it is a time to remind ourselves of how truly blessed we are?
This year we are determined to enjoy our Christmas. This means letting go of that pesky guilt and sense of duty, and choosing how we want to spend this time and who we spend it with. This way we hope to share a happy festive season with our family and friends, and have fun (even with those odd nuts).
May you find the magic of Christmas this year. Season's Greetings!