Oh, the magic of Christmas
Hi folks, how are you coping with parties and end-of-year functions?
Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year. It can be a happy fun time when we celebrate the birthday of Jesus and enjoy family time together.
For some it can bring memories of sad times because of loved ones no longer with us. Then again, it can be a time of budget spin-out, so that our money stretches to cover extra goodies and Christmas prezzies.
Come Christmas Day we celebrate with small presents and yummy food. It makes me feel like a child again when we hung up our stockings in a string across the fireplace.
The excitement of presents and Christmas Day is something I will never forget.
A big balloon, an orange or crayons and colouring book were treasures to delight.
One year, when there was no spare money, my mum made us little golliwogs. There was no such thing as colour discrimination and we loved those golliwogs made with black wool.
My parents gave us something more precious than money could buy, a home where we were warm, well cared for and loved. Today, giving to people with very little gives me the same pleasure we had as children. Happiness cannot be bought. Happiness comes as we share ourselves with others.
Now to a favourite family saying. Living in the country meant a party invite was a great occasion. When my little brother received an invitation to a birthday party, mum gave him strict instructions on how to behave.
Above all he must remember to say ‘‘thank you’’ for the party.
When he came home, he was full of the fun, games and lovely food they had enjoyed.
Then my mum asked him the all-important question, ‘‘I hope you said thank you for the party?’’
His reply was a classic. He hesitated a moment before giving an honest answer: ‘‘Me hopes me did, but me did not!’’
I guess my mum managed to hide her smile and realise it was not an admission of guilt but a little boy so happy, her instructions were lost in the good times he had enjoyed.
It has become a family saying, an answer which covers a multitude of good intentions.
Maybe you have a favourite saying you would like to share?