I don’t know about you, but it feels like only last month I was packing away last years decorations and here it is again.
I love Christmas, not the madness of entertaining, but the lights the decorations, the fun of watching children’s eyes light up in wonder.
Unfortunately this is often a time of stress, frustration and tension for many adults, so today I want to encourage you to look at Christmas through a child’s eyes.
Have you been out an looked at the beautiful lights, put an evening aside to drive around and look at them or join a bus tour. This is a great way to rekindle the joy of Christmas.
Let me tell you a story, when my son was nearly 17 and hadn’t quite got his licence I said, “why don’t we go and look at some lights?” Like most 17 year old boys he wasn’t overly enthused, so I said, “why don’t you ring your girlfriend and I will pick her up and we will go together”
Well what young man will pass up a chance to spend time with his girl so he rang her and asked if she wanted to, she was so excited, she had never been and looked at the displays, but she said, “I’m already in my pajamas” I said, “don’t worry you can come as you are.”
So we went around and picked her up and she was so excited and so awestruck by the beauty of the lights and the fact that people would go to all that trouble just to please others totally blew her away. Some people think we did something great for her by picking her up and taking her with us, but what she gave us that night still brings a smile to my face whenever Christmas comes around.
Why? Because she showed us the pure joy of Christmas the wonder and magic that we can experience as adults as well as children if we allow ourselves the time to stop and take in what is around us.
Why not create a new tradition where you have a night off from the silly season and just marvel at the spectacle all around us, let our inner child out and stand in wonder and amazement.
It is as we take time out for these things that the other ‘chores’ of Christmas will come into perspective.
Christmas is a time of getting together, sharing what our years have been like, relaxing, laughing….who cares if the meal isn’t just perfect, as long as we have food to eat, who cares what we wear, we could come in our pajamas and still have fun.
Let’s choose to change our perspective this year and just enjoy the treats that come with the season and the friends and family we have around us and if we know someone who doesn’t have family around them, why not include them in yours, this is the greatest gift you can give someone.
Merry Christmas to all of you. I am hoping to do a post to give you some photo tips for Christmas day, but in the meantime…Have Fun.