Resisting the urge to answer the office phone with ‘Buddy the elf, what’s your favourite colour?’… is extremely hard right now! Especially as we’ve just hit December 1st.
That means that all you Grinch’s can stop rolling your eyes, because I am officially allowed to be excited and you are officially expected to stop being so bloody grumpy.
I have my Mother to thank for the Christmas fanatic that I am, and yes, while I understanding it can be mildly irritating for others at times (who spot my Christmas socks being worn in October)… I do have my reasons for cherishing and celebrating this time of year so ‘outrageously.’
To me, Christmas is so much more than presents or food. It’s a time to reflect on every challenge and obstacle I have overcome this year. It’s a time to recognise that no matter what new diagnosis they throw at me, it will not define or control me. It’s a time to be grateful and thankful for all the loved ones, who have stood by me in the face of fear and the unknown this year. It’s a time to notice that however consuming your problems may be, there will always be others less fortunate than you.
For those of us who have spent 95% of the year being unwell, or being finically unstable, for those of us who has lost people that we love, for those of us who have not been able to engage in everyday thrills that others take for granted… Christmas is for us! Christmas is inclusive, no matter how rich or poor, healthy or unwell you are. Christmas allows us all to engage in the festive magic and to be surrounded by the people we love, to escape our everyday life stresses. Christmas is a time to laugh at Dad for impersonating Elf, going up the escalators in the shopping mall. Christmas is a time for Grandma to ask if it’s okay to give you meat gravy (‘because it’s only a few spoonful’s’)… even though you are vegetarian!
Of course Christmas is also an amazing time, because almost everything is covered in sparkle and glitter (being the magpie that I am!)
I know I’m a sucker for goodwill gestures and sharing festive cheer, but wouldn’t the world be a much happier and kinder place to live in, if everyday was like Christmas?! This time of year is a distraction from all the pain endured daily. It’s filled with anticipation and expectation for a healthier and happier new year.
As the year draws to a close and you come together with your loved ones, ask yourself…could you have got through it, without those sitting opposite you? Because I know I couldn’t have. So forgive me, if I enjoy spoiling people with gifts and writing sentimental cards. Forgive me, if my reindeer antlers hit you in the face or I turn my home into Santa’s grotto, because this year…has been a truly emotional one for me and I’ve decided that it is OKAY for me to let my hair down and enjoy myself (even if that means I go bloody crazy with the festive activities!)
Anyway I must be getting off because my schedule is looking pretty hectic tomorrow…
I bet you wish you knew what I had planned for Sunday haha!…
Enjoy the festive season boys and girls! xxxx