In the run up to Christmas there is a lot of opportunity to review products and sites and companies vie for bloggers’ attention and coverage. It has recently felt that, at times, all I have a queue of things ready to review and that my blog is tipped too far in favour of review content rather than general stuff that makes my blog me.
The lovely Jane from Hodge Podge Days tweeted earlier today that she was going to attempt’ Blogmas’ this year and kindly shared these prompts with me… so I thought I would give it a go. I hope you enjoy reading these each day and learning a little more about me.
I am starting at day two which has the prompt – What Christmas Means to Me.
Well, for me Christmas Day itself usually means lots of driving around. The past six years we have visited my husband’s side of the family who are about 25 minutes away, then head back over to see my parents and brother. In more recent years I would also go to pick my Grandad up as he would usually have dinner with us, but that is no longer the case. Now we have Daniel and Emma we are in the process of making out own traditions and I think, next year, as Daniel will be three and so much more aware of the day itself we will probably not be doing the driving around that we do at the moment on the actual day.
Christmas itself though for me means lots of different things, although I think for me it mostly means the ending of the year and the time for reflection. A time to remember those that have passed and are no longer with us, those that have joined our family and the things we have personally achieved. 2014 has brought with it so many changes for us, the obvious being Emma’s arrival and with it adjusting to life as a family of four. It has also seen my parents enjoy their first year of retirement and we also enjoyed our first family holiday away together. When we attend the Christmas Service at church this year my thoughts will turn to those who aren’t here to celebrate with us, but also be thankful for Emma’s safe arrival and the continued good health of friends and family.
Christmas is also a time to look forward at what the new year brings. I think 2015 will be a big year in many ways. Excitingly we have a couple of people in our family who are in the process of buying and selling houses, and I can’t wait to see these new houses turn into homes. We look forward to welcoming a little cousin for Daniel and Emma around April time and thoughts turn to thinking about nursery or otherwise for Daniel as he turns three. So much to look forward to.
So, What Christmas Means to Me is a time to reflect, remember and celebrate.