A mindful Christmas

by CllrZoeFranklin on 9 December, 2008

 Christmas Tree

Last year I found it really easy to get into the spirit of Christmas. Perhaps it was that my son, Reuben, was only two months old and the wonder of his birth hadn’t left me so it was easier to feel the wonder of the Christmas season? Perhaps it was because I wasn’t working and enjoyed leisurely walks up Guildford High Street looking in shop windows and seeing the Christmas displays being put up? Perhaps it was because I had time enjoy the shopping rather than trying to speed shop on the internet?

Actually, I think I know what it is this year – I am very aware that for many Christmas this year will be a time of wondering how they are going to make ends meet; how they are going to afford what their son or daughter (or partner!) has been asking for the last two months; or wondering what 2009 will bring. Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive but I admit it’s hard to hold back when you have children pestering you, friends that you ‘ought’ to by for and most of all the expectation sold to us in magazines and on TV that it’s is all about presents and spending. In fact my favourite thing about Christmas is not the presents but the fact I can spend time with my family chatting, laughing and generally having fun (there’s always the argument in there – it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!).

Anyway pondering this made me realise that I know that things are OK for my family financially and so amongst my Christmas shopping I’ll be buying a few extra gifts to take to Superdrug to pop into the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal box. Perhaps, if you can, you could consider doing the same. You can find out more information at www1.salvationarmy.org.uk/christmaspresent.

Whatever your situation I hope that you are able to enjoy the festive season and, as always, if you feel that I can help with something do get in touch.

Merry Christmas.

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