Christmas spirit


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,



  1. Jules December 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and all the very best for the new year.

    Jules x

  2. Sandra Morgan December 21, 2018 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hope you have a lovely time with your family. Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

  3. Pauline Goodwin December 21, 2018 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2019.

  4. Eileen Davies December 21, 2018 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal would just like to say Ihope you have a great Christmas &New Year with your Family Godbless Eileen xx

  5. Janet December 21, 2018 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Such a warm and generous message. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas time, and very best wishes for the new year. Enjoyed your gemstone programme this evening. Looking good! Xx

  6. Jackie December 22, 2018 at 7:50 am -  Reply

    So glad that you and your brother have survived a tough year and are able to spend what will undoubtedly be a very special Christmas with your family. Wishing you all good health and happiness for Christmas and the New Year.

  7. Joanna Downey December 22, 2018 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    Dearest Miceal, Your home looks beautiful & your words are profound. I love Christmas, it must be genetic because my much-missed mum loved the season too & my daughters say that their childhood Christmases are their favourite memories. To answer your question I see Christmas like a recipe: many ingredients of different amounts with the smallest ones making the final dish the best. Being kind, contentment & making the most of every day determine how I live my life. I too wish you the spirit of Christmas as we move into 2019. Jo x

  8. Sheila Melly December 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Miceal this is the first ever message I have written to any presenter I read your blog about your illness and am so glad you are feeling much better I have just read your last one which brought tears to my eyes but also reminded what the spirit if Christmas is truely about and made me realise how blessed I am my husband has dementia and I am trying to make it his best Christmas ever I wish you and your family all the blessings of Christmas and hope you have a wonderful and healthy 2019

  9. Janet Morgan December 22, 2018 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    I echo your sentiments wholeheartedly as they were so beautifully said .Sending you the very best for 2019.

  10. Soggysox December 22, 2018 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Your home is looking gorgeous, Micael. Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and very healthy 2019.

  11. Mavis Taylor December 23, 2018 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Micheal what a lovely blog you are such a kind thought full person
    I am so pleased you are getting back to feeling a bit more your self.I had a health scare and once that happens you look at life different it makes you appreciate everything that happens in life.
    Hope you have a good Christmas and a healthy New Years with your family Take your time and if you cannot be bothered to do something that is fine because the people you are spending time with will understand.I hope 2019 is going to be a better one for you.
    Mavis xx

  12. Bev December 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you a very happy and healthy Christmas Micael you deserve it x

  13. Linda December 23, 2018 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal,
    What a lovely blog. I hope you have a lovely time for Christmas and the New Year with your family around you. Make sure you get plenty of rest, and fun of coarse See you on qvc after Christmas well rested. Hope you get to feel like your old self very very soon. Love Linda. x

  14. sue December 24, 2018 at 2:59 am -  Reply

    Merry Christmas Miceal , hope you can relax and enjoy your family time .

  15. Antoinette Browne December 26, 2018 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal, I am so happy to be reading your lovely blog as usual. I did wonder if you were ok. I want to wish you and your lovely family all a happy and healthy 2019. You always speak from the heart. May God to continue to bless you. All my love and best wishes. Antoinette xx.

  16. Helen Dovidio December 30, 2018 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Your last few blogs have touched my heart.You are such a good kind person with so much love in your heart.I wish you a truly happy and healthy 2019.Many only good things come your way.Stay well,keep smiling and always stay as special as you are.x

  17. Maureen Meredith January 2, 2019 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    A special man with much love to give and share. Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy 2019. Maureen.x

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