ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

from the desk of Michele Craw­shaw

If I sur­veyed our team here at The Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly, I can bet that their favourite time of the year – hands down – would be Christ­mas. It’s that won­der­ful feel­ing of be­ing able to re­flect on the year that’s been, to look for­ward to the warmth and the free­dom of the sum­mer hol­i­days and, of course, to get caught up in all the glit­ter­ing, mag­i­cal ex­cite­ment of the fes­tive sea­son.

But more than that it’s a chance to feel grate­ful. Not just for what’s un­der the Christ­mas tree, but for those around you – the peo­ple who have sup­ported you, lifted you up when you needed it and been there to share a laugh. And for some it’s a chance to say thank you for the most won­der­ful gift of all: life. We talked to three women for this is­sue about what it means to be grate­ful, and their beau­ti­ful sto­ries of love, kind­ness and hope are in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing.

Christ­mas is also about mem­o­ries and tra­di­tions and if you’re look­ing to cre­ate some new ones this year, check out our 12 Days of Kind­ness fea­ture. It’s all about feel­ing good while do­ing good. There are some won­der­ful ideas for spread­ing Christ­mas cheer.

Un­til the big day, I’ll be try­ing to rein in my chil­dren’s gift list for Santa (hope­fully the ar­rival of a new kit­ten in the house a few months ago means we can fi­nally dis­pense with the re­quest for a puppy this year!) and pulling out our box of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions – my favourite rit­ual of all. The kids’ home­made dec­o­ra­tions have be­gun to out­num­ber the brought ones, and it now takes me for­ever to dress the tree as I pull each and ev­ery playdough an­gel, glit­ter ball and mac­a­roni dec­o­ra­tion from the box and re­mem­ber when it was made by lit­tle hands. Merry Christ­mas ev­ery­one.

Michele Craw­shaw, Ed­i­tor

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