I’m going to be honest here, and say that there are some days where I really struggle with getting up in the morning. It can be a real difficulty – and I wake up with an entirely ‘upside-down’ mind-set, which can very often plague me for the rest of the day (or at least until I’ve properly woken up, usually one or two cups of tea down). On these days, where I’d much rather be curled up in bed in a duvet cocoon, I really have to challenge myself about my attitude.
We’d been tasked to create a nativity scene out of ‘fuzzy felt’ for the toddler group to use during the lead up to Christmas.
Although it was hard work, especially as they are all hand-stitched, it has been a joy to see the children play with them, and be able to experience and learn about the Nativity story in a different way.
We cannot deny that we live in a material-driven culture. I would probably go as far to say that many are material-obsessed. It’s all about the ‘latest’, whether in technology, fashion, beauty or anything else that streaks across the commercial world. We can’t escape the latest fad, and the advertising world comes into full force in the run up to Christmas (which is apparently as early as September).
But, let’s imagine we could. Just take a step outside the world of adverts, and think about Christmas without gifts.
Christmas comes around every year, and I often think it comes around before we know it each and every year. As if every year that I get older, a year seems to become shorter? Weird, I know, but still a very real feeling! Either way, as we approach what can be one of the busiest seasons of all, I’ve decided to create a space to allow me to explore some of the less thought of aspects of Christmas.