It’s only a week until Christmas and I’ve been thinking about what Christmas actually means to me these days. When I was a child, it was all about the presents – new bike, new clothes etc, when I was a student, it was all about the partying but now that I finally consider myself an adult, I think the biggest gift of Christmas is the time it gives us. The time away from the daily grind.
This might sound odd to some people who are busy shopping, wrapping presents and generally feeling overwhelmed at this time of year and wondering how they are going to find the time to get everything done. I used to be one of those people and when Christmas arrived, I was often exhausted. But there’s been a shift in expectation about what Christmas involves. Family and friends are suddenly happy to just spend time together, rather than spend money on presents for each other. There seems to have been a general realisation that Christmas doesn’t have to involve spending money that we don’t have, on presents that we don’t need.
But as we’re all so busy throughout the year, giving someone the gift of our time at Christmas can seem so precious. Especially when we look back on our year and realise that some people didn’t make it through to enjoy another Christmas. So, as we edge closer to Christmas Day, I will be looking forward to the quality time I’ll be spending with the people in my life and the time I get to just do what I want, as opposed to what I have to do.
Whatever your Christmas involves, enjoy it, it’s a long time until the next one comes around and it’s not often that pyjamas are considered to be acceptable day wear.