So today marks 11 days until Christmas Day 2017 is here. For some the thrill of the countdown is part of the Christmas excitement they have this time of year and for others it is just a reminder of there being one less day to get everything ticked off their ‘TO DO’ list.
However it makes you feel, I invite you to join me each of the 12 days till Christmas, as I share daily Christmas Reflections and of course an accompanying Christmas image! (I just love taking photos & sharing pictures lol)
Todays chosen image below, is a beautiful display of Christmas pressies. How exciting would it be to wake up on christmas morning and see this pile of presents waiting there to be ripped open and they are all for you!
Well sorry to disappoint and burst the bubble of illusion, but they are actually fake. My friend Tara is AMAZING at arts, crafts, DIY and decorating, so Christmas is the perfect time for her to show off her skills by decorating the house. These are empty boxes saved throughout the year so at Christmas they can be transformed into these beautiful pressies.
This got me thinking, can I really look back over the years and remember all the presents I’ve gotten for Christmases past? No not all of them, i certainly cant. But I can look back at Christmases past and remember all the people that were actually there, who shared in celebrations with us, who was playing along in all the Christmas games. I’ll always remember how much of a cheat my Nan is at pictionary, writing down words then scribbling them out trying not to get caught! I cherish even more the presence of my late Grandad being there for all those Christmases past, now he cant be here for any more.
It’s these moments we remember. The presents might as well be empty as in years down the line its people’s presence we remember – not all the presents we got.
Life is so fragile and precious. I know in my Grandads last days on earth, feeling the presence of those around him being by his side and feeling the presence of love and care in the air – I know it brought him peace and comfort. Your presence could mean the world to someone and you could miss that because you are so focused on what present you got them, if they will like it or what present they got you.
So of course enjoy the whole ‘presents’ side of Christmas; the planning, the buying, the wrapping, the giving, the receiving. But at the same time remember to be present in those moments as they happen, savour and enjoy the people in your presence this Christmas time. ❤
Please join me tomorrow for Day 2 of 12 Days of CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS…
Dont worry if you missed yesterdays reflection for Day 1, you can read it here: “DON’T GET YOUR TINSEL IN A TANGLE“