'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…just a few bloggers hastily typing up their final pre-Christmas posts! This creeps up on me every single year. Due to my day-job, I’m working on Christmas from May/June onwards so by the time December comes around, Christmas feels like a totally normal part of everyday life until, oops, the day itself is nearly here.
While I love planning gifts for my nearest and dearest with precision, I don't really like receiving gifts myself. I feel so lucky that I have so much already. For me, this is a time to give thanks be grateful rather than crave material things. I think this is particularly important this year, which has been pretty rough for everyone. It’s so easy to focus on your hardships rather than count your blessings. Right now, I’m thankful to still be here and to live a fairly privileged life, with a roof over my head and food n my belly. I feel rich because I’m surrounded by abundant love and the most incredibly supportive friends. Anything other than that is just extra. It’s nice to have nice things but if you don’t stop to appreciate how much you already have, what’s the point?
I used to love writing Christmas cards each year and posting them off to friends – it’s just so nice to receive proper post these days isn’t it? But this year, I’ve decided to put the money I would have spent on cards towards something much more meaningful. The crisis in Syria absolutely breaks my heart and I can’t quite comprehend that we live in a world which isn’t acting fast enough to stop the endless suffering in Aleppo and beyond. I decided to do something rather than being horrified at the news so I put the money I would have spent on cards and postage towards a donation to help those in need. I donated to Doctors Without Borders, you can read more about their work in Syria here.
I hope you all have a wonderful day whether you celebrate Christmas or not. I hope you have a restful, happy few days of rest with your loved ones and take the time to appreciate the people that make a difference to your life.