’tis the season…

November 15, 2006 at 4:44 pm 3 comments

The Christmas season is upon us.  While many shrug their shoulders at the consumerism of Christmas Trees appearing in stores earlier and earlier, I am looking forward to Christmas with joy in my heart.

I know that many complain that Christmas has lost it’s meaning in the consumer world but I ask you…how can it lose it’s meaning? only if you let it go..only if you give in to the rush of spending, the stress of finding the perfect gift, the perfect decoration…

I have been looking for a nativity set.  One that isn’t made of china (and easily broken), one that isn’t downright ugly, one that comes with all the pieces separate so the kids can set it up.  Now I was brought up in a Catholic family and was a regular church goer as a child.  That stopped when I moved away from home but this year I have an urge to teach my children the real meaning of Christmas.  Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Santa.  I love the rush of excitement on Christmas morning. I love the delight of their little faces as they rip into their presents.  I love the joy of giving – of finding just the right present (note not the most expensive present but the RIGHT one).  Anyway I’m drifting off course….I looked high and low all over town for an affordable, not unattractive, child friendly nativity set and couldn’t find one. Still I think that I may have made my Mum’s day when I asked her to look for one for me – had already asked her to find me a book as I had little luck and she works near a big Catholic book shop.

Our tree isn’t up yet.  Although I’m tempted I think it is too soon. Too long for the kids…let them wait until the 1st December.  I love to watch the kids decorate our tree.  I don’t care if things are a little lopsided…in fact I might just take pictures of the 5 decorations hanging from the same spot to scrap.  I treasure the handmade decorations my children make over the pretty store bought ones.  I value the family time we spend decorating the tree.

I have many of the presents organised – I do love the Santa bit I told you.  But mostly what I love about Christmas is that we actually – amidst the rush and bustle of it all – take some time to THINK about each other.  To buy/make a gift that means something to someone who we care about. To send a card that says I’m thinking of you and I care.  And the reason for the rush and bustle is often because we are off having dinners and lunches and get-to-gethers with people that we simply don’t find the TIME for in our everyday lives.
Sometimes life is too harsh.  I had some news today that left me in tears – but not nearly the devastation for the person involved.  I wish I could reach out with a magic wand and undo it.  I can’t do that – no one can.  But what I can do is relish each and every day of MY life.  Enjoy each and every day that I get to see my children’s bright smiles. Treasure every moment that those skinny little arms wrap around my neck, every kiss and every ‘bop’ on the nose.

But whilst I love my kids, I must not forget to look outside that inner circle and treasure my FRIENDS.  My friends who help me without question day or night when I call, my friends who notice if I go ‘awol’ for a little while and check on me, my friends who take stunning photos and refuse to let me pay for them, my friends who help me daily on my website, my friends who are FRIENDS as well as family, my friends who I can count on to help me up when I fall.

There is enough negativity in the world these days.  Let us make it our mission in life not to be drowned in negativity.  Let us make it our mission in life to spread happiness and to support one another.  Lets remember that we are all people, not just names but real people with real feelings.  Lets remember that Christmas is the season of GIVING. Lets find the joy in giving again.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. juliemell  |  November 19, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Hello Hello! Luv the site and yeah a banner would look good!…hee hee

    I am so looking forward to Christmas and the New Year, as this year was awesome but next is going to triple triple triple!!!

    So lets bring it on!

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  • 2. Pam  |  November 20, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    Great post Jude and I heartily agree. Friends…you are spot on.

    Reply
  • 3. Tracey  |  December 7, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    oh my goodness Jude – you are soooooo on the ball with this one – you made me stop and think about this time and what it really means, the busy-ness we get up to is simply to stop and ENJOY the people in our lives that we love and care about, as you said. You have so made my day with this on, and given me new perspective on the ‘silly season’…love and hugs to you, you are such a special person!

    Reply

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