‘Tis the season to be jolly’

This is a short Christmas message.

As I am writing this, Christmas is in two days, and many people are out doing last minute shopping for food and presents to give their friends and families.

Christmas is not a comfortable time for everyone as it can resurface emotional wounds or spur conflict in the family. 

The absence of a loved ones and for some the loneliness of having no one.

Growing up in England in the 1970’s I always remember Christmas as commemorating the birth of Jesus. As children we did look forward to opening our presents on Christmas morning. 

As the years have gone by, I have not really enjoyed the event. I do not like all the noise from the television and the endless chatter. I always felt unsettled around the atmosphere of family gatherings. I have a lot of triggers from my past.

I admit that I tolerated Christmas Day because of my Father, but now he is no longer on earth I no longer have to suffer it.

I don’t celebrate Christmas but, on the eve, spend time dining and catching up with some of my good friends. 

‘This year I will relax in silence at home and do all the things that I enjoy doing. I am not a fan of watching TV all day so I will draw, read, and play general knowledge games on my tablet.’

The question I ask is what will you give for Christmas?

My gift to everyone would be good health, happiness, and peace of mind. Money cannot buy these things. 

People have said to me that they are dreading spending time with their families but do it because they would feel guilty if they don’t. I would say do what makes you happy. 

Christmas is only for 24 hours but if it is going to cause you to be upset by boxing day, is it worth it?

I am putting my wellbeing first as I want to spend my day my way.

I wish you all a Happy Christmas in whatever you choose to do.

In everything there must be a balance.

Natalie M Bleau

The Scripture of Balance.

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