Making Christmas

23 Dec 2007

gifts to be wrapped

Well it's the day before the day before Christmas.

A day of acute anticipation for children and a day of list checking for adults.
Making Christmas isn't just about making some gifts to give loved ones, it's about making sure all the props are there and in good order;
the tree decorated and pretty holding the promise of wishes answered to children and the memory of many Christmases past for the adults;
the food, all those special treats we keep just for this time of the year, special things we cook, special fruits in season;
decorations and music, people humming Christmas carols, the house decked out for days on end for the big day;
parcels packed and posted.
It's generally women who "make' Christmas for their families and many feel overwhelmed by the task and sometimes jaded that the rest of the family thinks it all just happens but I think that is just tiredness talking.
What a wonderful honour it is to be the person who makes Christmas for the ones they love the most.

Making Christmas can be our gift to our families for no reason other than they are our families and our love for them is unconditional. We shouldn't to do it all alone, we need to pass the "how to " on to our family so it is truly our family Christmas.

Christmas is all about the giving of gifts out of love, the original gift of a small baby who grew to be a man of great compassion and love, unconditional love.

The day doesn't have to be perfect, part of the gift of unconditional love is acceptance.Celebrate the day in the way that feels comfortable to you and your family. Be aware that all this Christmas preparation is your gift to your family and the happiness and excitement that you see on your children's faces is their gift to you.
The unconditional love of a parent for a child and a child's trusting acceptance of this love, that they are loved because they are your child, is the bond that holds families together. We don't love our children because we want love in return, we love them because they are our children, it's a fierce, deep and gentle love.

Through all this busy time remember what you are celebrating is the gift of love, the gift of a parent's love, of learning to give without reward and treating others as you would want to be treated.

From my family to yours,
I wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas,
(and a restful Boxing Day to all the Christmas makers.)

15 Responses to “Making Christmas”

  1. Happy Christmas to you and your family as well!! And I look forward to your inspiration and wisdom in 2008, and hope it is a wonderful year for all you hold dear.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family Jenny, hopefully you will be well looked after by a grateful family on Boxing Day!

  3. Thanks, Jenny,

    I am very tired tonight and needed that reminder. Have a very blessed Christmas with your family and thank you so much for all of the times that you brighten our days.

    Mary L.

  4. Jenny,
    I *really* needed to hear these words today. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. Love, Tami

  5. Merry Christmas to you and you family!!

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  7. Well said and deeply felt. Thank you!

    ~Happy Holidays, Peace and Joy~

  8. Thanks so much for your wise words. Your blog always make me feel so relaxed and peacfeful - you have a real gift for sharing tranquility. I wish you and yours a wonderful Xmas!

  9. Have a wonderful Christmas time with your family, days of joy and love and laughter. Merry Christmas to you!

  10. Thank you for these lovely words - and for all of your inspiration! I have loved every one of your posts.
    Take care and have the happiest Christmas with your lovely family!

  11. with Best Wishes to you and your family :)

  12. Jenny, just wanted to wish u and ur family a wonderful Xmas and all the best for 2008!!!
    Hugs Rose xxx

  13. What a wonderfully encouraging post to read at the end of a rather busy day. :o)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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