Christmas: A Time to Remember
Christmas: A Time to Remember
I've got to admit that I'm a bit of a bah humbug when it ones to the C word. The C word should only pass our lips AFTER 5th November!! (I do rant about this quite a lot). I don't particularly like the build-up. As soon as the kids go back to school in September that's it, the marketing onslaught in shops and in the media begins. You've only just stepped your toe on UK soil from a summer holiday abroad when the kids start singing 'Santa Claus is coming to town...'
Christmas in our family has meant we've mainly bought for the children in the family and our friends’ children. We buy for very few of our adult family members. What we and our friends decided was to go out for a meal or to someone’s house to meet up before Christmas. How many times do you arrange something only for it to be cancelled? Everyone has so many other commitments, so it's nice to catch up and spend quality time together. There's nothing better than enjoying food and drink with the people who you love to be around, especially at Christmas time. After having breast cancer and I suppose any major illness, you do begin to realise WHAT is important in life and WHO is important in life.
One of the nicest gifts I received was the other year. My lovely friend Josie brought me a jar of homemade chutney. It felt special as she had taken time and effort to make something personal & homemade. The year after I decided to do the same and make chutney myself. I gave it to family and friends, and my children gave them as gifts to their class teachers. A pretty easy thing to do and the kids can help too! It really doesn't have to cost a lot of money to make someone happy and produce a personal gift. That year I went into 'homemade overdrive', as I also decided to make a Christmas gingerbread house! For someone who is seen by some as a 'can't cook, won't cook' kind of person, I think I really surpassed myself!! I actually made two, one for myself and one for my friend Liz. I turned up at her door with it and her husband thought I was completely mad! I think he could see the crazy sugar induced rush that his children were going to get eating it!
Another thing I like to do is make paper chains for Christmas decorations. You can use Christmas wrapping paper and the effect is lovely. My children love this, it's so simple but a lovely way to decorate your home AND keep them quiet for an hour or so! We try to do it every year in our home.
Personally though, Christmas and New Year have lost a lot of their sparkle for me after my Mum died 4 1/2 years ago, and then my Dad died August 2012. Dad never got over losing his beloved wife, and as a family, celebrations like Christmas will never be the same for me without my Mum and Dad. Yes, we carry on for our children's sake but the heart and soul of our family has been lost and it's just not the same. I know it sounds selfish and it's hard for people to understand who haven't lost someone as you are expected to carry on as normal, but that's how I feel.
Again New Year is an emotional time; I always feel that the passing of the year fills me with a mixture of emotions. Thinking about what has past, whilst looking towards a future of hope and new beginnings, and hoping that there are happy times to come. Hoping that we all stay fit and healthy...
Yes, I am permitting myself to talk about the C word now and I will still enjoy a special time with my family and friends again this year, but I will also raise a glass and shed a tear to those family and friends who are sadly no longer with us...
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WHAT A LOVELY PIECE YOU HAVE WRITTEN HERE.HOPE YOUR CHRISTMAS IS A GOOD ONE ALSO WISHING YOU A GREAT 2014 XX
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