“So this is Christmas and what have you done
Another year over, a new one just begun”
Happy Christmas (War is Over) released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono way back in 1971 immediately takes me back to my teenage years, in the lounge of my best friend’s home as our families got together to celebrate Christmas. (OK, now I feel old!) What’s the song that evokes your strongest Christmas memory? My others are Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and the Pogues “Fairytale of New York”, All make me a bit weepy. My 3 all time favourite Christmas songs which make me feel like yes, it’s Christmas. I love Google because as I write this I can listen to all 3. They remind us that Christmas is not all Jingle Bells, tinsel and presents.
It’s that time of year again, a time of slowing down or gearing up if you happen to work in the retail or hospitality sectors. While many look forward to lazy days and holidays, time to replenish and rest, others are facing the hustle and bustle and long days in their stores and lodges making the most of the “milk and honey” time.
Happy Xmas by John Lennon
Without a doubt 2017 seems to have been a crazy year, with loss and upheaval and many “WTF?” moments. People are moving, changing, leaving relationships. There have been new beginnings and endings. We’ve cried and laughed, shook our heads in amazement, disbelief and shock. The cycle of life continues as it has always done.
Wherever you are at this time, take a moment to reflect on the year that’s past. The highs, the lows, the challenges, the successes. What will you leave behind and what will you take into the newness of 2018? What were the lessons? The gifts?
What’s your word, your theme for 2018? Our thoughts and words carry incredible power. Choose carefully.
Wishing you and yours a happy and peaceful Christmas and may 2018 be all that you want it to be. Spread a little kindness wherever you go, never under-estimate the power of a smile or a gentle word of encouragement. Sprinkle compliments like stardust and watch eyes light up. Hug more, especially your children. Don’t forget to hug and love yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Watch your thoughts and your words, they create your reality.
Stay open and stay curious as we continue our journey together on this great big adventure called Life. See you next year!
“A very merry Christmas and a happy new year
Let’s hope it’s a good one without any fears”