Christmas should be a time of reflection - slowing down during the break to take stock of the year that was, and be grateful for what we have. But for a lot of us, it’s far from the season to be jolly, and more like the season to be stressed. In the rush to get it all done, we often miss the point of Christmas altogether.
After all, the first Christmas was all about love. It was about the birth of a tiny baby - such a small and insignificant event in the scheme of things - but one that bought the gift of great love to the world.
Whether you're religious or not, the message of Christmas is still the same. And for all that we do at Christmas time, all the rushing about, the planning, the buying; it’s for one reason, to show the ones we love that we really do.
It is such a precious reminder to me at this time of year. I tend to get so wound up about things like how the gifts are wrapped or whether the tree is colour themed, that I forget the real reason why I'm doing it all in the first place. Having loved ones around and taking time to show them I love them is what matters most. It’s the little things they'll remember like a good chat or a big hug. That you made the effort to be there in the first place - not the latest gadget you bought.
In fact, I reckon the best gift that will be given this year will go to my sister, from my mum. Earlier this year, sis forgot my Dad's birthday - so on the walk to their house she picked a cactus flower from the garden and gave it to my Dad as a joke. Well, Mum took that picked plant, cultivated it in water for months and has now lovingly planted it in a decorated pot for my sister to enjoy. That’s a gift she'll cherish above any of the expensive ones. I bet you. It was a small thing, done with great love.
So as you rush around buying those last minute gifts, baking that pudding, trimming the tree and preparing all that food and drink on Christmas day...don't forget why you’re doing it...and take a moment to put a little bit of love in too.
Whether it’s taking a minute from the kitchen to chat with relatives you haven't seen in a while, sit with your children while they open their gifts or spare a thought for those less fortunate and donate to those who need a little help this festive season, as we gather with those whom we love this Christmas - don't forget it is the SMALL things we do with GREAT love, that are the greatest gifts of all.
Merry Christmas Everyone xxx