true meaning of christmas
Christmas all wrapped up

The tree is up, the lights are twinkling, the carols are playing, delicious smells are oozing from the kitchen and the kids are singing and dancing while the snow gently falls outside; this is that perfect image of Christmas we hold in our minds right?  But it’s not like that for everyone, often Christmas can become a stressful time for people with an emphasis on finding that perfect gift and all within, what is often, a very tight budget.  Diaries are full, fridges are full and we travel the length and breadth of the country to visit family, my Christmas’ used to be so full I needed a holiday!

This year, more than any other, I’ve been reflecting on what Christmas is really about for me and putting my focus on that and most of my nearest and dearest will be receiving presents which have been hand made with love this year.  This is what Christmas is and is not to me:

Christmas isn’t about the money we spend; it’s about the time we spend together

It isn’t about the money we make; it’s about the memories

It isn’t about the perfect present; it’s about being present

Christmas isn’t about the food and wine; it’s about the people we share them with

It isn’t about the number of gifts our children receive; it’s about the love

It isn’t about the mayhem and madness that hits the stores; it’s about the magic

Christmas isn’t about trying to ‘fit it all in’; it’s about slowing down and enjoying the simple things

It isn’t about the gift; it’s about the gratitude

It isn’t about many of the things it has become; it’s about the things we all really wish for, peace, love and happiness

So next time you pull out the credit card, race around the shops, stress about the turkey or starve yourself to squeeze into that LBD just remember to take a step back and soak up the true meaning of Christmas, the time you have with family and friends, the memories you make, the smiles on people’s faces, the magic for those that still believe, the love, laughter and maybe tears shared.  Happiness is a gift given from the heart not bought in a store, love doesn’t wear a price tag and peace doesn’t flow from a stressed out mama.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the season, make memories, share love and enjoy some peace x

Merry Christmas, with love and sparkles

Vicky x