T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring – apart from people rushing around to finish all those last minute tasks. Have you managed to put up the perfect Christmas decorations? Do you know how to make the perfect roast potatoes? Did you buy that perfect present?
It has become really clear over the past few weeks that we seem to be obsessed with having a perfect Christmas. Either we are obsessed or the media, businesses and those trying to sell us a vision of Christmas want to make it the perfect time.
But why do we want it to be perfect when the rest of the year we accept that life isn’t perfect?
Christmas really should be a time of thanks when we recognise what we have and we are grateful for it. There are so many people who will be on their own, will be living on the streets, will have some personal trauma to deal with. They still have Christmas but it would not fit the idealistic view of a perfect one. There are also all those people who will be working providing vital services throughout Christmas Day and the festive period. It would be difficult to classify their Christmas as ‘perfect’ if you listen to those selling us the vision. For the people that will need to use the service they provide, whether health, policing, fire or coastguard or others, their Christmas will not be conforming to the neat package we are being given.
So, for me Christmas won’t be perfect but I hope it will be a pleasant and enjoyable time. It will be a time when I recognise how fortunate I am to have the things I have, to have a lovely family around me, to have supportive friends and to have the basic essentials for life.
I want to thank everyone who as been a supportive part of my life in 2015 and to anyone who has taken the trouble to read any of my blogs. I wish everyone an ok Christmas.