The house is festooned with festive decorations, the tree has been trimmed, garlands have been hung, and thousands of lights have been woven around the balcony outside in order to create the perfect Christmas feeling. All my gifts have arrived (they’ve all been ordered online this year as I just couldn’t face the hurly burly of the high street. My energy levels aren’t quite there yet). The scene is set, let the festive spirit come flooding in!
I am so ready to celebrate Christmas this year. I have been totally stress free about it, I have embraced it and welcomed it. For obvious reasons my enthusiasm for the season has been heightened this year more than any other, because, unlike any other Christmas, I realise that I am lucky to be here celebrating it.
My dear old mum is making the journey flanked by an entourage of her three grandchildren, and my brother, who has been through a traumatising year too, is coming as well. We are all going to mind each other and have a very restful time sharing in the Christmas spirit and each other’s company.
A good friend of mine has been desperately searching for the spirit of Christmas this year. They have checked up high and down low, in the back of the wardrobe and under the bed but, try as they might, they just haven’t been able to find it, which got me thinking, what is it? What is the essence or the spirit of Christmas? Is it one thing or lots of things? Is it universal or unique to each individual? What is it for you?
Thinking back over the year the spirit of Christmas is a couple of things. It’s gratitude for the gifts we have got, not the gifts we are getting. We all have so much that, in our busy and stressful lives, we lose sight of or take for granted: good friends, a family, a roof over our heads, good health, a healthy heart… any of which, I learned rather alarmingly this year, could be gone in a moment. For these things we should be truly thankful.
Ultimately though the spirit of Christmas is remembering that we love and are loved and once we remember that and focus solely on that, rather than the fact we are all expected to be having a jolly time, then we have the spirit of Christmas right there with us. In fact once we remember that, then we actually carry the spirit of Christmas with us all year round.
So whatever you are doing this season, whatever troubles and travails seem to be looming large in your life, try to remember that if you have love in your heart and people who love you that is all you need this year and through the next year and beyond. This is the spirit of Christmas and I wish for all of you that you may carry it with you in your heart every day.
I pray that all of you may have the spirit of Christmas and the love of good people surrounding you this festive season and beyond. May grace and gratitude be forever present in your life in 2019 and may I thank each and every one of you for your kindness and thoughtful good wishes this year. I had my own troubles a few months ago, as some of you know, but I felt the love of my family and the kindness and generosity of all of you who were so kind and thoughtful sending me good wishes and writing comments here on my blog and I felt blessed. I still feel blessed and I am thankful beyond measure.
Merry Christmas to you. May it be peaceful, joyous and full of love and may you find your Christmas spirit, whatever that means to you, and I hope we can all carry that feeling and spirit with us through 2019.
Until next time,