In my mind, Christmas is definitely a time for singing. I mean, I will happily sing all year round, but there is something special about singing at Christmas. Maybe because the traditions of carols go far back, or because no matter what genre of music is your favourite, you’ll still know the words to all the Christmas ‘classics’, and no one minds belting them out.View Post
As anyone with a December/Winter Birthday will know, it’s really hard to find good ways to celebrate (especially if you’re a naturally circulated person, and being outside isn’t much fun! Last year, to celebrate my 18th Birthday, I spent the day with my family, and finished up with walking round the Christmas Illuminations display at Kew Gardens.
In the run up to Christmas, it can be very easy to keep focused solely on our own lives, and get caught up in a personal whirlwind. While this can be expected: it’s one of the busiest times of the year, perhaps today you’d like to stop for a little while, and think about something a little different.
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.