REUBEN’S RE­TREAT

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Ni­cola Gra­ham

WE are shuf­fling things around a bit this year and I think it might give us the op­por­tu­nity to make Christ­mas more bear­able.

I am spar­ing many thoughts for those who find Christ­mas tough. It is a time of year that can be the best for some and truly hor­rid for oth­ers.

Some will be pre­par­ing for it be­ing their last Christ­mas to­gether, some pre­par­ing for their first with­out a loved one, and for par­ents like us, there will be those pre­par­ing for a time where their chil­dren are well and truly missed be­yond mea­sure.

It is a time to be kind to each other, to look out for those less for­tu­nate, to keep hearts wide open.

This year on Christ­mas day we will re­lease doves for Reuben. I will also hang his baubles on the tree, light his candle and send him our love in abun­dance. All of this whilst hold­ing our el­dest trea­sure, Isaac, close to us and savour­ing ev­ery lovely mo­ment of hav­ing him near. A gen­tle time of re­flec­tion and grat­i­tude for what we have.

I am lov­ing the al­ter­na­tive ad­vents that are around. The many days of giv­ing to oth­ers and the thoughts around the thank­ful cal­en­dars. Give Kind­ness is a beau­ti­ful one in­clud­ing mes­sages each day, such as give kind com­ments to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, leave a pos­i­tive mes­sage for some­one else to find, let some­one know how much you ap­pre­ci­ate their gift.

I think there’s room in th­ese cal­en­dars for ev­ery­one. Gifts can be shared in many dif­fer­ent forms.

This week we thank: Nina for her do­na­tion for her own birth­day, Joyce C, Hansa M, Ian H, Asda Hyde and Dis­abled hol­i­days and our won­der­ful vol­un­teers who gift us their time ev­ery week.

The grotto last week was a fab­u­lous success at Lymefield Gar­den Cen­tre and runs ev­ery week­end now through to Christ­mas.

We also have a party night planned for De­cem­ber 13 at the brand new Crys­tal Ball­room in Glos­sop with a pop-up gin bar, what’s not to like? Call 01457 680023 to come and join in – you could treat your hard-work­ing team to a fun night out in­clud­ing en­ter­tain­ment and a fes­tive buffet for just £15pp.

Then in Jan­uary you can join our en­durance dance-ethon!

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