Oh, the magic of Christ­mas

The Timaru Herald - - NEWS -

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?

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