The Christmas TV ads are tugging at our heartstrings (and our purses); magazines are filled with tips on how to make the best Christmas lunch, tables heaving from the weight of it all; Christmas songs are playing on the radio; shops are filled with goods to tantalise; and the supermarket shelves are filled with produce which expires before the big day, assuming we will be eating the same foods from now into the Boxing Day. And it even seems like snow may be glistening, just like the films/cards/songs. There is so much pressure to enjoy Christmas that it interferes with the enjoyment of Christmas.
So, with just a couple of weeks left until the big day, it is worth considering what would make this a good one for you?
As I write this, the water cooler maintenance man interrupted me. We got into a chat about life, the universe and everything, and he said that what would make his Christmas would be remembering someone he helped in the preceding year. His name is Andy Archer, widower, former regimental sergeant major, father of 8, grandfather to 18, and a very lovely man.
One of my happy Christmas memories was the time my father agreed to don a Santa hat for the very first time the year before he passed and the laughter it created. I can’t remember any of the gifts, or what we ate, but that memory will be with me forever.
Personally, it is the simplest things which make my Christmas. But they can easily be lost in the noise and the pressure. So, take this time to think about what will make the difference to you this Christmas, despite what the media tells you.
Have a good one, whatever that means to you.
PS: If you want to give the gift of change, check out this page for ideas.