I love the lights, the cheer, the prettiness and the excitement of it all.
What I do struggle with is the materialistic side of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love buying and receiving presents. It’s great to be able to spoil the ones you love but the true magic is in finding a gift that you know they’ll really love. It’s not the amount of money you’ve spent or how flashy it is or the fact it’s the latest technology that really makes a gift special and treasured. It’s knowing someone so well that you can make or choose a perfect gift without having to ask them for ideas and it being something really personal and special to them.
Having to ask people close to me what they want and having set budgets really doesn’t do it for me. I appreciate it makes it easier and we’re all busy but you lose all the spontaneity and surprise of it all. I heard a lovely tale from a client this week about a gift she had made for a close friend and how she had researched the idea she had and bought the ingredients to make the perfect present especially for her. It can’t be bought from the shops and it’s not expensive but that friend will be delighted at all the care and attention that has gone into it.
So my Christmas wish this year is to be surprised with a gift that has been made or picked carefully for me, and even more importantly, to be thankful and make the most of every minute I have with my closest family.
I wish you all a very merry Christmas.
Eat, drink and be merry.