Christmas is a time of celebration. We eat good food, attend awesome parties, give presents, spend time with family and friends and generally have a good time. But I do think that Christmas can also be a time of mass consumption, and hyper consumerism.
It seems that our society now expects the giving of expensive gifts, the throwing of lavish parties the cooking of food that may never be eaten and the consumption of way too much alcohol. Now I don’t wish to come across as the Christmas Grinch, I enjoy Christmas and everything that goes with it – but are we forgetting the true spirit of this wonderful season?
I’ve been reflecting on this a lot recently, and I’ve come to the conclusion that at the very core of Christmas needs to be gratitude. Without gratitude for the people in our lives, the skills that we possess and the lives that we lead, the joy of Christmas begins to fade – Christmas loses its twinkle.
Time To Count Our Blessings
To often we rush through the festive period without giving a thought to the amazing gifts that fill lives. If we spend just a few moments every day reflecting on the riches in our lives that deserve our gratitude, just think how much more we will appreciate our blessings.
So Today, I Am Going To Take A Few Moments To Give Gratitude For:
I will be forever grateful for the man in my life. He is, without a shadow of a doubt, the other half of me. There are days when I wonder how on earth I got by for 42 years without him. He brings out the best in me, sees the best in me, encourages the best from me. I am the woman I am today because of his unwavering love, support and belief in me. He is, and always will be, the love of my life. And for that, I will be forever grateful.
There are moments when I am in the company of my children that I have to hold back the tears. My pride, respect and sheer gut-wrenching love for them sometimes overwhelms me. I am sometimes utterly astonished at the awesome human beings they have become.
Life sometimes gets so complex that it’s impossible to spend as much time with the people I am lucky enough to call family. I am grateful for each and every one of them, and hope they know just how much I love them all.
To Be Living A Life That I love
It always fills me joy when I look at the life I lead. Yes, it has its stressful times, its sad times, its bloody hard times, but I adore it. It’s not for everyone, but it is a life I have forged and I am so grateful to be living it!
I am truly, truly grateful to all of you for taking the time to read my scribblings, for your continual support and encouragement for this little blog of mine, for allowing me to do something I am passionate about. I am, indeed, blessed to have you all.
So this Christmas I will almost certainly overeat, drink way too much fizz and enjoy the festivities, but with a grateful heart. What are you grateful for?