It’s that hectic, busy and wonderful time of the year. It’s the countdown to the festive season, the last stretch of the year where time is fleeting. Where diaries are filled to the brim with outings to Christmas Markets, Night Markets, Summer Parties, Work Functions, Theatre Productions, Live Concerts and Dinner Parties. Where grocery shopping becomes a treat because at the end of every aisle there is a shimmering Christmas tree or a shiny Christmas Decoration to remind you that holidays are near. Where ad breaks are filled with Christmas Jingles and the big box of Christmas Decorations tucked up in the top cupboard is bursting to be unpacked and hung up.
It’s the time of the year where budgeting is pointless, dieting is impossible and giving comes naturally. Where opening your heart to someone less fortunate is done freely. It is also the time of the year where family traditions are created, memories are made and shopping for advent calendars are on our “to do list”. And in the hustle of all the busy’ness I try and take stock of how much we have to be grateful for, for our health, our family, our friends and the opportunities that came our way this year. Of course we’ve had our ups and downs this year but gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t. That’s what I am going to try to endeavor to do more of. Especially now, during the season where it’s easy to take things for granted. Things I have that other people pray for.
This season I am going to try and teach my children that sometimes it feels better to give because after-all we ‘make a living by what we get, but we make a life but what we give’ – Winston Churchill.