The time leading into Christmas is usually a time of anticipation but always coloured with sadness for me. Another wedding anniversary is remembered – alone. The shopping, wrapping and giving of gifts is done – alone. Flowers are laid on a grave – alone. Decorations are pulled out and arranged – alone. Church is attended – alone. This has been the norm for me for the last 6 Christmas celebrations.
This year, with the encouragement of my Boys, I decided to do something different …. so I have traveled to my childhood home, New Zealand, to spend Christmas with my extended family.
I have, so enjoyed the special Christmas touches in the homes I have been lucky enough to be staying in. Some old and memory inducing, many handcrafted and made with love, all adding to the festive times being celebrated.
The Christmas trees have been beautifully decorated, just waiting for the parcels to be added beneath their splendour.
I have been blessed to be able to visit with cousins, aunts, uncles and friends from University days. Some I have not seen for 30+ years! How easily relationships return and feel natural! Age has given us perspective and wisdom but has not lessened the memories or ability to laugh and love.
So as I prepare for a big family celebration this Christmas – I am truly blessed to not be alone!
Come Lord Jesus Come!