We are on the count down to christmas. My patience, tested. The bank balance, diminished. I’m ready to disappear into the scrub, with the birds before all the frivolity and festivities begin.
BUT instead I’m going to remind myself to keep it simple. Live in each moment and think about those people who are doing it tough this time of year.
There will be many sitting at their table on christmas day, longing to spend it with those who are gone. I feel your loss. I have family and friends I miss dearly at christmas. I only hope you can raise your glass in memory of those you love and remember the good times.
Making ends meet, can be a challenge. My parents, with all those children. I often wondered how they managed to give us all a special gift, even when funds were tight. Mum used her sewing talents and Dad repaired bikes or second-hand toys he found on auction nights. (No such thing as eBay back then but dad would have enjoyed finding a bargain in there).
We never compared our gifts to our friends, homemade gifts were special. But our family (thanks to our parents) is never about the cost of the gift and all about the coming together.
THINKING OF YOU
If you find yourself with illness I pray you are able to spend time with the ones you love.
If you have a loved one in hospital I hope you can still be together on christmas day.
If you are alone on christmas day, I wish you comfort through maybe a friend or your community.
My family is large, I have always had a choice, but I feel woeful if I hear about someone spending christmas alone.
MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHTER
This year I wanted to do more creative projects. My daughter enjoys this challenge too. The boys? Not so much, it might be a girlie thing?
We made our christmas tree (above) from sticks collected on my morning walks.
Willow created origami flowers for her teachers at school. She is making more for her grandparents, because everyone loved them.
We are also giving art. There are so many wonderful handmade gift ideas out there on pinterest and google search. For years I would search for the perfect teacher gifts. This year I had the biggest response from the flowers. Willow also gave her artwork mounted as her farewell presents to her primary school teachers. They loved them. It just goes to show, people appreciate when you put a little thought and effort into it.
With the grown ups this year on christmas day we are to spend only twenty dollars on our gift. On one present only. The aim is to find a re-cycled or antique shop, gifting something old but useful. I found the most beautiful book ends with ornate carvings on the sides, a gift I would love for myself. We throw all the presents in the middle and everyone picks one. Such fun to see what people come up with.
We designed our own cards and I can’t tell you how much my friends and family enjoy a card with our art on it.
So maybe this christmas, make spirits brighter with a little thought, and a handmade gift, it goes a long way. Or maybe just visit that neighbour who lives alone and take them some paper flowers.
Wishing you a wonderful fun-filled christmas. Thanks for supporting my words and art throughout 2015.