Where to begin with a post about Christmas? With memories of childhood Christmases perhaps? Or what about Christmas traditions or Christmas wishes? Perhaps the excitement on our children’s faces on Christmas morning; the joy of a Christmas spent with family?
I could lament how fast time is going. How quickly Christmas arrived, again. How little time I feel I have had to organise everything.
I could talk about keeping the magic alive as your children get older and no longer believe in Santa, but still believe in all that makes Christmas special and sparkly.
I could worry about expectations, my own and others; about how hard it can be to celebrate Christmas as an expat.
Or I could tell you that I understand that time will continue to go too quickly and that I need to sit down and take note as it passes. That I have realised that while the magic may have changed, it is well and truly alive. That I have recognised the need to manage expectations, especially my own, prioritise my to-do list and only do the necessary.
That I know what makes our Christmas special; that I take pride in the decisions that we make and the traditions that we create.
So, I could explain that we are cutting back on stuff again this year and, as last year, giving experiences instead.
I could tell you how grateful I am to be able to give my family a Christmas to remember; how I will not take any of it for granted.
I could speak of the clarity that comes with understanding that all you need to make Christmas special is the people you love. That the greatest gift we can give each other is our time and attention.
But perhaps all I need to say is how very lucky I am.
You can find this weeks #ThePrompt linky here. I do hope this week’s prompt inspired you; I look forward to reading your posts.