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Georgina Spiller ponders the meaning of Christmas...
This time of year is naturally a time of staying in and hunkering down. Trust me, I've been watching our new friend Caramel the hamster spend hours building her little nest, and making a mess of the carpet, but we'll let that go.
If we can't literally hunker down and get cosy, because, well, life, then our minds start to do it anyway, you find your thoughts reaching back over the year and all it has brought. About where you are now and who you are becoming. As the golden hues start to dim and the bright flush of excitement builds in our kids' eyes and the John Lewis ad analysis is all over Twitter (spying on a kid from the moon, really?) can only mean one thing...
Oh yes, Christmas is coming.
I try every year to be more conscious. Really that never happens and I panic buy Amazon until my postbox can take no more deliveries, but i've read something recently that makes me think I can try not to over buy, over spend, rush and forget the meaning of it all. Whether you're a believer or not (in Jesus, not Justin) Christmas is a time for family, friends, food and reflection.
I follow Glennon Doyle Melton on Facebook and Twitter and you can find her on YouTube giving talks. She's an ex addict, a mum and a preacher in Naples, Florida and her down to earth, funny writing is a pleasure to read. She has something called a gift guide and I think it's really good, you can find it here on momastery.com
To summarise, she has this guide for her kids when writing their Christmas lists. They can ask for these things:
Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. (Glennon Doyle Melton)
I agree that it’s time to simplify.
Let it be so for your family. Stop and smell the poinsettia. Look at your family. Forget for a while, the mess, the jobs, the bills. If you can. And really see them. Not what you want them to be, but who they really are. Breathe your people in. And love.
For it really is the answer.
Georgina Spiller has three primary school age kids and when she's not burning fish fingers, she spends her time writing things like this! Follow her on Twitter @PetrovaFossil71