So it's less than a week until Christmas and the stress and panic have really started to set in. Although we aren't spending Christmas at home this year, we will be spending it with my Mum and we still worry about whether everything will be good enough. Are we bringing enough food and drink? Will everyone like the gifts we have bought for them? Do we have enough games and entertainment to keep everyone happy? Does the house look festive enough? Do we have enough baubles (you can never have too many baubles!)?
Every year it is the same, you'd think we would have learned by now, but we never do. I say to myself every year, I'll buy my presents throughout the year so it isn't so expensive in December, but that doesn't seem to happen, it's always the same rush and, after all this time, I still don't know what to buy my other half - another shirt seems so boring!
However, is this really what Christmas is all about? Competing to buy the best present, buying so much food that it lasts well into April and striving to have the biggest Christmas tree! I think it's nice to take a step back and look into what Christmas is really about and what we truly want for Christmas. I feel truly lucky that I have enough money to have a Christmas tree and decorations, a Christmas Day feast and that box of chocolates that I've been dying to open for weeks; I know many in our country are not that fortunate and we should remember that. Many of my friends have lost loved ones this year and Christmas is a difficult time for them, I am blessed to be spending the festive period with those I love around me.
It can be easy to get caught up in the commercialisation of Christmas, but, although I would love a new iPhone, what I really want, in my heart, is to spend time with my loved ones - quality time, that we have missed out on during the year because we are all so busy and life gets in the way. I just want to be with them and share happy memories, love and laughter.