The decorations are hung, the fireplace roars (ok well the electric fan whirls round a bit). Glitter now adorns every flat surface and the final prep for the onslaught of family, friends and frivolities has officially begun. All that’s left for me to do now is not kill my family when I feed them this year.
Christmas is a time to enjoy the festivities of the season, to sing songs and see the magic in the eyes of children but it’s also a time in the year when we are forced to look back, to reflect and think of others. The sick, the lonely, the elderly. It’s only in times of such happiness that we remember those we often neglect throughout the year. So as I sit here and pause on what 2016 did for me and the magnitude of the changes across the world I wanted to share the things I am grateful for.
We remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves and those we have lost, more actors, celebrities and singers than ever before it seems as month after month and the bad news just kept on coming. We are reminded of the dedication and camaraderie of the men and women of our Armed Forces who won’t get to sit around the table with us this Sunday but instead fight for the safety of our country and for each other. We think about the medical professionals that continue their miracle making throughout the year and not just at Christmas time and as we break up from work for a few days there are many who don’t. They are the Christmas heroes who keep the world ticking along when everyone else is bamboozled with over indulgence and celebrations. They fight the fires, keep us safe in our beds and heel our wounds.
As 2016 draws towards a close I can’t help but think back over some of the other big events of the last 12 months. From the UK’s Referendum in June to the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the US. The assassination of an Ambassador and the gunning down of a night club along with the countless other terror attacks across the world which gave us heart wrenching images from Aleppo and Syria, from France and Germany. Hearing of tragedy at this time of year pulls on the heartstrings of even the toughest of us but this devastation and conflict isn’t confined to the 12 days of Christmas. 2016 is a year that has cemented itself in the history books and will be analysed forever.
I am dreaming, not of a white Christmas but, of peaceful New Year. 2016 hasn’t been a great year for me but it most certainly hasn’t been a great year for the world either.
For now, eat, drink and be merry. Have that extra mince pie if you want it, indulge in a glass or two of sparkle juice (unless you’re driving in which case claim your free coke or diet coke curtesy of coke-a-cola!).
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for supporting my blog for yet another year. From every corner of our messed up planet, you are welcome here, you are appreciated and you are loved.