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“Keep OLD Traditions but don’t forget to make NEW ones!” Day 10 of 12 Days of CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS with HELEN’S JOURNEY 

Welcome to another of my ‘Christmas Reflections’, inspired by my own Christmas Photographs.

So today’s countdown is 2 days until we wake up on Christmas Morning. Yes only this weekend to go! This excitement is a lift for some who sail high on the Christmas Spirit, yet a drag for others who have so much to do they wish it was two weeks left before the big day not two days!

However it makes you feel, I invite you to join me each day this Christmas season, as I share daily Christmas Reflections and of course one of my accompanying Christmas Photos that helped inspire the reflections! (I just love taking photos & sharing pictures lol)

Today’s image brings the Christmas reflection of keeping old traditions but not forgetting to make new ones! As it shows my old angel and my new one:

old traditions v new traditions by helens journey
Now we all have our own Christmas Traditions when the Christmas season is here once again. Whether it’s the decorations, whats on the dinner menu, or whose job it is to wake the grandparents up from their naps as we are impatiently waiting for them to wake up so we can open up our presents 😉

Even when it comes to our Christmas Trees; there are some that cant wait to get it up and put it up before December even arrives, while others stick to the tradition of putting the tree up 12 days before Christmas. Then there is the traditions of who decorates it and how, if you stick to a colour scheme and specific design or just put things on however and wherever you feel like it.

One of the biggies in our house growing up was whose homemade angel was going to go on the top of the tree and who would put it up there as the last decoration to go on.

Now I made mine when I was 5 years old, as I’m sure you can tell by looking at it, so it sure took a battering over the next 25 years as it continued to take its turn on top of the tree. It is now retired from tree topping duty and is in my memory box resting its wings.

christmas angel made by helens journey aged 5

However, now living separately from my family home, the big decision was: Would I rigidly stick to tradition and place my very aged angel on top of my own tree?

While the angel rotation tradition was enjoyable and that is what I fondly think of when I look at my angel, I had to make the decision to start a new tradition and replace it with a modern angel and certainly a much younger model 😉

As you can see from the picture of the angel I made when I was 5, the years have taken its toll on it and the aging process like for ourselves defiantly shows – with malting hair and a hunched over back.

Well if you’re bending over backwards to stick to old traditions that have you breaking your back to do them the old way, even though they stress you out as the old ways just aren’t practical anymore – then maybe its time to replace them with new traditions?! Sometimes change is the best way forward… “Out with the OLD and in with the NEW!”

Please join me for tomorrows CHRISTMAS REFLECTION

Each days chosen Christmas picture will also be shared on my INSTAGRAM  and my PINTEREST accounts too, so click the links and keep up to date with my Christmas Picture CHEER 😉 

Dont worry if you missed earlier reflections as you can click on them below to have a quick read of them: 

Day 1: “DON’T GET YOUR TINSEL IN A TANGLE

Day 2: “PRESENCE over PRESENTS

Day 3: “LIFE is FRAGILE like a Christmas Ornament”

Day 4:“Even Sand can STAND, when it is designed to fall!”

Day 6:“Trying to stay STABLE, while we celebrate the Stable” 

Day 7:“Remember the small stuff”

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“Remember the small stuff” Day 7 of 12 Days of CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS with HELEN’S JOURNEY 

So todays countdown is 6 days until we wave in Christmas Day. For some half the fun is counting down the days, in contrast others may find counting down the days really isn’t a fun activity.

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)

Today’s chosen image is of a giant Ferrero Rocher:

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I’m not sure the photo does it justice, it really was super sized! But is bigger always better?

Some strive for the biggest christmas ever each year. They spend so much time and energy on making things super sized and making them amazing for people to look at and experience.

Sometimes the phase “Good things come in small packages” is true. It’s the small touches that will stand out to people. So even though you may be going all out to create a Christmas extravaganza, which is totally up to you but id say pay attention to the small things too – as they often touch people the most and what they will pass on to others.

Lets remember the importance of smallness amongst this big Christmas season!

Please join me tomorrow for Day 7 of 12 Days of CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS

Dont worry if you missed earlier reflections as you can click on them below to have a quick read of them: 

Day 1: “DON’T GET YOUR TINSEL IN A TANGLE

Day 2: “PRESENCE over PRESENTS

Day 3: “LIFE is FRAGILE like a Christmas Ornament”

Day 4: “Even Sand can STAND, when it is designed to fall!”

Day 6: “Trying to stay STABLE, while we celebrate the Stable”

Each days chosen Christmas picture will also be shared on my INSTAGRAM  and my PINTEREST accounts too, so click the links and keep up to date with my Christmas Picture CHEER 😉   

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“DON’T GET YOUR TINSEL IN A TANGLE!” Day 1 of 12 Days of CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS with HELEN’S JOURNEY

Childhood Christmas memories that can give you life lessons when you’re older:

So today marks 12 days until Christmas 2017 is upon us. For some its exciting and for some it’s a reminder of how few days they have left to do so many things. 

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 is of a Christmas Mug that caught my eye while out shopping, clearly not for its beauty or magnificence but for its slogan; “DON’T GET YOUR TINSEL IN A TANGLE”

Day 1 of 12 days of Christmas Reflections

For me, this slogan instantly gave me flashbacks of my Dad sitting on the living room floor trying to untangle the Christmas tree lights. Every year my mom would say “Why don’t we just buy some new lights” because to her it looked an impossible, annoying task or a boring waste of precious time as there was so much on her minds ‘To Do’ list to do instead so all is ready for Christmas Day.

Yet my father, saw it as less of a chore and more of a challenge. He actually enjoyed untangling them as if it was a quest on Crystal Maze (a puzzle solving game show for those that don’t know it.) Once he’d gotten through the untangling process, then came the testing of the lights to see if they all lit up or some bulbs needed replacing. Sure enough most years there were new bulbs needed, but once replaced they worked perfectly.

It posed a question to ask ourselves today:

“Are we REPLACERS or RESTORERS?”

Would we throw our tangled tinsel away and buy new untangled tinsel, or would we give it time, patience, concentration and TLC to try to untangle our tinsel?

It made me realise that we do this the rest of the year too, some of us see buying new things as an easier solution and others see fixing the old so they work again as the answer. My conclusion is both are useful reactions but to different things in life. Sometimes “Replace the old with the new” is the right trail of thought, other times “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side” is needed to remind us to work on what we have instead of what else we could have instead.

We just need the wisdom to know the difference and when we need to be restorers or replacers!

Who knew a quote on a Christmas mug that initially made me laugh, would then bring Christmas memories to mind that would create such questions as these?! Lol

Please join me tomorrow for Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Reflections! 

Each day chosen picture will also be shared on my INSTAGRAM and PINTEREST accounts too, so click the links and keep up to date with my Christmas Pictures cheer 😉

Click here for the whole CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS COLLECTION to have a quick read of them & they are all relevant to make this the BEST CHRISTMAS DAY ever, with perspective, clarity and a joyful heart.

Or see below for a list of all my short reflections & click on the title you’d like to read:

PRESENCE over PRESENTS

 “LIFE is FRAGILE like a Christmas Ornament”

“Trying to stay STABLE while we celebrate the Stable”

“Even Sand can STAND, when it is designed to fall!”

“Remember the small stuff”

“Keep OLD Traditions but don’t forget to make NEW ones!” 

“Remembering the Reason for the Season!”

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