Sunday, December 23, 2012

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

It's Christmas eve! Today I hope that the busyness of the year starts to fall away
and you are able to slow down and enjoy being with your family.

By this stage of the year, school is over, work is done (all over bar the shouting anyhow)
and the presents are brought and hopefully wrapped.

The carols have been sung and the Christmas lights admired.
It's time to cook some Christmas fare (we are going Grocery shopping this morning)
and settle into enjoying the silly jokes and stories.

There's time to walk the dog and feed the ducks.
(the dog might even get a Christmas bath!

It's too late now to finish all the projects on your to-do list,
there's always next year.

It's to late now to tidy the garage and organise the pantry,
there's always next year.

But it is time to pull out that book you meant to read all year,
find your knitting needles and that half finished project,
it's time to paint the toenails and moisturize your face!

It's time to hold your family close, especially the ones who are a trial,
it's time to put on the rose tinted glasses, let go of your expectations
and choose your words with grace.

It's that one a year opportunity to put aside all your expectations,
your hurts and your history,
and just be in the moment with who you find yourself hanging out with at Christmas,
to eat some good food and drink some good drink,
to give and receive wee gifts, and to remember why we are celebrating.

Silent night! Holy night!All is calm all is brightRound yon virgin mother and childHoly infant so tender and mildSleep in heavenly peace!Sleep in heavenly peace!
Silent night! Holy night!Shepherds quake at the sightGlories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing HallelujahChrist the Saviour is born!Christ the Saviour is born!
Silent night! Holy night!Son of God love's pure lightRadiant beams from thy holy faceWith the dawn of redeeming grace,Jesus, Lord at thy birth,Jesus, Lord at thy birth.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family Deb - enjoy your family and this celebratory time. God bless x

  2. Sending all of my love to you and your family and a big hug especially for you!! !!

    Smiled and cried reading this - you speak such honest truths . . .
    put aside your expectations your hurts and your history
    I needed that - thank you xxx

    ps: love the cardi Chrissy xxx looks fantastic

  3. Lovely words deb. ive got myself a nice spot in the garden and the knitting needles have been clicking there already. Wishing you a wonderful christmas x

  4. As per usual Deb you sum it all up in such beautiful writing. What I have been taught by my family is, that when the children especially are at their most unlovable. That Is when they need the most love.
    It's the adults in my life I have the harder time with, :-)
    Thanks for words on this blog.

  5. and to you my friend and may the supermarket and its car parks be kind xxx

  6. I've been thinking about you a lot the last few days Deb and the hurt mingled with hope, pain and optimism that I could hear when you told us "this too will pass" the other night. I love your take on life and I know that you will get through these current challenges with grace and wisdom as you always do.
    Have a great Christmas with your family. All the best, your friend Juliet x

  7. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Have a lovely day and I wish you a safe and happy New Year. x

  8. Merry Christmas to you and you family. You are an inspiration on so many levels but today needed to hear to 'let go of my hurt'. So thankyou for the timely reminder and may your day be filled with good times and laughter and let's not forget the good food amd drink too!
    Loads of love xxxx Jo

  9. Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Thank you for sharing your up and downs with so many. Bless you for keeping it real.

    blessings, jill
    ps. it is still weird to me to see you all wearing flip flops at Christmas.

  10. Beautiful, well said! Merry Christmas to you and your family Deb!


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