Merry Christmas Wishes

December 23, 2013

Simple Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year again, one of the most magical times of the year – Christmas. A time of joy, a time of giving, a time of sharing, and a time of family and friends coming together. It is also a time of frenzied shopping (for those that don’t plan ahead and leave much to the last minute), fighting for parking spaces in crowded mall lots, wrapping your gifts – some do so quite expertly, others not so much. Long hours spent in the kitchen, baking and cooking special treats that are to be had but once a year. And then there is the decorating. Hanging the outdoor lights and decorating your front lawn, for those that live in houses. Bringing out the Christmas bric-a-brac to lay about the house. Picking the most perfect Christmas tree and decorating it with great care.

I love a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. It adds a special ambiance to a room, with no other lights on, except for those twinkling from the tree. But I really love this tree, this simple – some might even say sad, little tree, which I have posted a picture of. Why do I love it so? Because of its simplicity. Take away all the madness that many of us allow Christmas to become, scratch below the surface to what makes you happiest at this time of year, and I think you may find it is the simplest of things that please you most, the things that many of us take for granted.

For me that is time spent with family and friends. Safe roads to travel to and from. A meal shared (it matters not what that meal is, but for my family it is always turkey with all the trimmings). But whatever the meal, whatever the occasion, I think the most important part of it all, is simply being together with the ones you love; remembering those that are not with us anymore in the physical sense, but we know they are in our hearts, watching over us always.

To all my family and friends, I wish you all the Merriest of Christmases. May the joy and spirit of Christmas, live within you throughout the year. May you be happy, healthy, safe and loved, always.

Barbara xo

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