I will delve into the Christmas spirit and explore its various dimensions.

While Christmas is often associated with joy and happiness, it’s important to acknowledge that not everyone experiences this festive season in the same way.

For those fortunate enough to have a stable, loving family, it presents a wonderful opportunity to cherish their presence and create lasting memories together.

However, we must also recognise that there are individuals who find themselves estranged from their families during this time.

To them, I suggest seeking solace and companionship in the company of friends who share a similar predicament.

Together, they can find comfort and support, forming their chosen family during the holiday season.

Furthermore, it’s crucial to remember that not everyone partakes in the celebration of Christmas.

Some individuals may have different cultural or religious beliefs, and it’s essential to respect and acknowledge their choices.

As for me, this year, I have decided to divide my Christmas festivities. I will dedicate a few hours to being with my family.

However, I also feel compelled to extend my compassion and lend a helping hand to those in need.

Therefore, the latter hours will be spent at a local homeless shelter, spreading warmth and kindness to those who may not have a place to call home during this season.

By exploring the different perspectives and stories, I hope to foster understanding, empathy, and inclusivity during this festive time of year.

After a long five-year hiatus, I am finally mustering the courage to embrace the spirit of Christmas once again.

Ever since the heartbreaking loss of my Beloved Father, I have only allowed myself to partake in the festivities with my loved ones on a single occasion.

However, during my absence of five years, I made a conscious decision to set aside Christmas, focusing solely on my own healing and personal growth.

But now, as the holiday season approaches, I feel a newfound sense of strength within me.

This year, I am determined to divide my time between my cherished family and those who are in dire need of compassion and support. 

It is a way for me to honour my Father’s memory by spreading love and kindness to those who may be struggling during this time of year.

Venturing out into the world once again during Christmas fills me with a mix of excitement and apprehension. Yet, I know deep down that this is a crucial step in my journey towards healing.

By extending a helping hand to the less fortunate, I hope to find solace and purpose in the season’s true meaning.

This Christmas will mark a significant milestone in my life as I break free from the chains of self-pity and embrace the joyous spirit that this time of year brings.

It will be a delicate balance between cherishing the precious moments with my family and selflessly giving to those who need it most. 

‘I will strive to embrace the day positively, knowing that it will be a challenging period for all individuals involved.’

Always cherish your parents, for there will come a time when an immense void resides within your heart, unfillable, as a piece of your very being feels torn away.

‘Amidst the fleeting hours of Christmas day, let us set aside our differences and honour one another with genuine respect.’

As I embark on this new chapter, I am filled with hope that this holiday season will not only bring warmth to my heart but also ignite a spark of hope in the lives of others.

In everything, there must be a balance.

Natalie M Bleau 

Scripture of Balance

1 comment
  • Anonymous
    December 26, 2023

    A nice piece. Christmas is as much an individual experience as it is a collective one.

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