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On the Seventh Day of Christmas…

Here it is, the Seventh post in my Twelve Days of Christmas series and yes it’s about the Nativity. The Nativity is one of the most important features of Christianity and also it’s a great story.

English: Nativity scene on the Buenos Aires Me...

The Nativity

I’m writing this because today I went to a Nativity service which was brilliant. It was a really nice service which only added to my Christmas feeling. First, I should explain that the service consisted of the story of the nativity retold and acted out by the children of the church. There is just something amusing about seeing young children attempting with all their might to remember what they have to do next, but still having absolutely no clue about what’s going on. The service was well executed and knowing many of the parents I could see how proud they were of their ‘little ones’.

Children really love Christmas and I mean, really love Christmas. I know this because I was a child once and believe me I loved Christmas. It’s a great time of year but unfortunately so many children simply get spoilt rotten which ruins the real meaning of Christmas, which under Christianity states, Jesus came to earth in the form of a baby as a loving gift from God to save mankind. We give gifts at Christmas to replicate this act of love, or so the tradition probably started anyway. And so a gift is a sign of love which is given without any expectation of a return gift or favour, but out of the goodness of our hearts. We should remember this Christmas that it’s not what we expect to receive, but what we can freely give that matters. The saying ‘It’s the thought that counts’ really does ring true.

That has been your daily fix of Christmas, bonne nuit.

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On the Third Day of Christmas…

So we arrive at the Third post of my Twelve Days of Christmas. By doing these posts I have realised how short days are which has slightly depressed me as I have a fair bit to do before I can properly relax for Christmas. Anyway, today I will be rambling on about Christmas shopping. The joys! Like marmite I think: some people love it some people hate it.

Christmas shopping for me is a nightmare! I don’t like shopping when town is busy, and therefore Christmas shopping is not an ideal experience. Shops are crawling with people, literally crawling! People are everywhere, you can’t get a good look at what you want to buy because there’s some overweight chap standing right in the way. I go into town with a rough idea of what I need to get and as soon as I get into the shops, you guessed it, they never have want I want. Never. A shop’s sole purpose is to stock what it promotes, if it can’t do that then it has just failed at life!

English: Christmas Shopping, Wigan

Christmas Shopping

So I’m partly to blame for my awful shopping experiences because, yes, don’t start hating, but I am a last minute shopper, mainly because I have to work up the enthusiasm to actually go, but also because I’m horrendously unorganised. Anyway, this year I thought I’d make a break from the usual and go early but not ridiculously early that’s just stupid!

On Monday I went into town with a sense of ┬ádull optimism that I would actually succeed in my task of completing the deathly Christmas shopping. Well to cut a long story short that little bit of optimism was smashed right out of me as I couldn’t find anything I had gone in to buy. Why does my family have to be so hard to shop for?

Christmas shopping is by far the most stressful thing related to Christmas; forget the family, decoration or food preparations it’s the damn shopping that does my nut in! But having said all that these posts are trying to get us all in the Christmas mood and after a bit of thought I realised that actually there is something lovely about the gift of giving. Being able to go out and shop for your friends and family at this wonderful time of year is great. It takes away the self-centred mood we can get into around Christmas and the want, want, want attitude. If anything Christmas shopping, however stressful, reminds us of how fortunate we are in having loved ones and people we can share this special celebration with.

With that I leave you this thought, if you’re finding shopping stressful take a minute to think how lucky you are that people are doing exactly the same thing, because they care for you just as much, as you do for them. Remember Christmas isn’t all about presents, there’s a real message behind the celebration.

This has been your daily fix of Christmas.

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