We’re now on the countdown to Christmas and you are probably in one of three camps; either you are very organised and all done and wrapped up or you leave everything until the last minute, or like me you have done a chunk but there’s still some bits left to organise. My sister Tes is definitely in the first camp and she probably had all of her stuff bought and wrapped by October half term!
I love Christmas not for all the presents but for all of the quality time that you get to spend with family and friends. Despite many people being a little stressed at Christmas, because it is a costly affair and it takes a lot to get everything organised, most people love Christmas and are happier as a result. There’s parties and family gatherings and everyone makes that extra effort to dress up and enjoy themselves, making memories with loved ones.
There is of course another side to Christmas, for all of those people who haven’t got a circle of friends and family to spend time with; this must feel so lonely and isolating. Last year I began the process of ‘befriending’ an elderly person, through a well known charity but a year on and I still haven’t been approved. It is a ridiculous state of affairs; I filled a very length form, I meet with a representative, I was asked to go on induction training twice but both times I was given no more than 48 hours and I couldn’t make the training. I can’t believe that so many elderly people spend it alone and such organisations can’t get their act together. Then there are all of those people who are homeless, this Winter has been the coldest for years and sleeping out must be horrendous for those who have no other option.
All things considered, I think that making the most of your Christmas and spending time with loved ones is a treat and gift, that not everyone receives. So give a thought to those who are less fortunate and maybe call in to see an elderly neighbour or give a homeless person a hot drink and share the Christmas cheer.
Happy Christmas, on and all xxx