Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Burnish the Christmas gold, ye merry folk!
Christmas is a big deal in this household - not because of Santa and his little elves, but because of the beautiful month leading into the actual day. We spend a lot of time together doing special things, put up the tree and decorate the house on December 1st and laugh about the clutter and toy jangling for the month and we also make a lot of time for family and friends (when we're not wrapping fabric!). We also drive around at night having a look at the lights, visit Santa driving around on his fire truck to give the kiddies some lollies and try and go on adventures almost every day. We even have an advent calender made of wood, with little doors we can pop gifts 'from the elves' into each night. Our kids try and beat each other to the calendar every morning - the earliest this year is 5.20am.
One of our annual outings is driving around the local town to have a look at the Christmas lights with Nanny. Daddy and Nanny have some 'travellers', Mum drives and we ooooohhhh and aaaahhhhhh over all of the glittering lights. Lo and behold we found this massive man outside of our town.
I wish this photo conveyed just how big he is - yes, he's made out of painted bales of hay! To give you some perspective I asked some magpies to sit on his head :) We have just got home after two hours of light sight-seeing, with both boys conked out in the back of the car and Nanny and Daddy very giggly indeed.
Christmas is a time for loved ones, compassion for those who need a little extra love at this time of year and it offers the perfect opportunity to remember those who have passed. We are rearing our kids to think about all of this in their lives - to be grateful for what they have, to help those who are in need and to think about others as much as themselves. We want them to remember their childhood Christmas' with as much love and heart-warming memories as we can get into these fast years of kiddie-hood. They are such special, special, special years.
Childhood is the gold in the adult. We need to burnish this gold to make it bright for their future - and for the future of mankind.