It’s here. It’s finally here. I’ve watched the movies, cooked the food, gone to the parties, shopped for presents, sung the carols, dressed up my sister’s cat in Christmas outfits and the day has arrived!
Merry Christmas all!
I have found that one way to get a huge amount of insight into a person’s family is to ask them about their Christmas tradition. For us, we wake up at 5am to open presents (after going to bed after midnight because of midnight mass), we go for a walk, cook breakfast then clean the house and start preparing lunch. Because I only have one grandparent still alive, my uncle and aunty in Australia are not married and don’t have children and my other relatives live overseas, it’s only 7 of us for lunch. That doesn’t mean we don’t put on a spread. Turkey, Ham, prawns, salad, roast veggies, plum pudding, custard, ice-cream… we do it all.
Because it’s such a small group, we also tend to finish things us fairly quickly and get to spend the afternoon having some much needed recovery time. Dinner is a fend-for-yourself left over feast.
I have no doubt in my mind that I live an extraordinarily blessed life. Yet Christmas always reminds me how important it is not to take this for granted. I have a roof over my head, an abundance of food at my table, clothes in my wardrobe, I live in peace and I know that I am loved. That in itself is the most wonderful gift in the world.
Whatever your Christmas tradition is, may your day be filled with an abundance of love, joy, peace and a whole lot of amazing food. Take the time to reflect on the blessings of your life and think about how to shine your light into the world around you.
Send you all of my love this Christmas.