Wednesday, 23 December 2015

a midlife Christmas

I think as you grow older your christmas list gets smaller and the things you really want for the holidays can't be bought.

I think I am on the same page as most women my age when it comes to Christmas - it's not about the presents or the colour co-ordinated decorations or the carols or the Christmas lights, what Christmas truly is about is family. The nativity family and the joy of a Saviour born to save the world, but also our own little families that gather together to celebrate this special time.

I am so looking forward to spending time with my family - my grown children and their spouses, my Mum and brothers, my in-laws and the whole extended family. I understand that for the "children" in particular it can be a bit of a ho hum time with Mum and Dad but I love that they come anyway to make it such so special and that we can just be together for no other reason than it being Christmas.

So presents will be kept to a minimum - just a token gift for each person with a price limit. There will be plenty of food and twinkle lights and Christmas hats and decorations. But in with all that there will be laughter and reminiscing and warmth and love and that is Christmas for me.

This time next year there will be a grandbaby included in the mix and a new generation of little children for us to spoil. In the meantime we will enjoy being together as a family and my heart will go out to those who don't have that joy in their Christmas time. There have been ups and downs in my Christmas expectations, but I think I'm finally getting the balance right and just appreciating whatever comes at this special time of the year.

Christmas is not about being with people you like. It's about being with your family.

So, to everyone who has been kind enough to stop by this blog - Happy Christmas! I'm already starting to look forward to 2016 so I hope you'll come back and share the year ahead with me. xx


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  1. My priorities have change too. It's all about spending time with my family.
    Merry Christmas Leanne!

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    1. It is such a special family time - the only one we get during the year when we're all together for a decent amount of time. Merry Christmas to you too Nancy!

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  2. I agree. More family, less wrapping!

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    1. that sums it up beautifully Jennifer - Merry Christmas X

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  3. I so agree with this, Leanne! Have a marvelous Christmas with your family!

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    1. you too Diane - I'm sure your's will be a LOT of fun!

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  4. Good for you for "getting the balance right." The Christmas season can involve a lot of work, especially for "Mrs. Claus" - but none of it is worth anything unless there is also a lot of Joy. EnJoy your family-time Leanne ... and the anticipation of the little one :)

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    1. thanks so much Susan - we had a lovely time (as I'm sure you and your family did too) it's wonderful having your family around you - I tended to bask in it a little :)

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    2. I hope you are having a blast with your kids and their spouses! See you next year...or in about 2.5 hours for me!

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  5. "There have been ups and downs in my Christmas expectations, but I think I'm finally getting the balance right and just appreciating whatever comes at this special time of the year." I could not relate to this statement more. I'm happy that you had a good Christmas with your family!

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    1. thanks Regina - it's funny how we get ideas in our head about what an occasion should be like - I think I needed to take a step back and see it from my kids perspectives and then it go easier :)

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  6. Christmas was small for us this year, under the tree, that is. Each gift was one that we needed or something that the kids wanted, but just a few small things. But Christmas was big because we were all together, and that is the biggest gift of all. Gifts are great, but nothing compared to the love that is exchanged, love that multiplies into more than is given. That's the best!

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  7. I hope you had a very happy Christmas Leanne. I'm exactly the same as you, the thing I love most about Christmas is spending time with my family (oh and the Christmas dinner - can I two favourites) but if I can only have one, I'd have the family, no one wants to eat a Christmas dinner on their own.

    Sally @ LifeLoving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

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  8. I still love the presents, and the lights, and the songs etc at christmas, but the joy I get from these is linked with family, the pleasure of getting just rhe right present for a loved one, singing christmas songs together, romantic evenings in with the hubster with only the christmas tree lights on. I am at an inbetween stage at the moment, the kids are grown but havnt families of their own yet, so it was a small gathering at c!ristmas, but full of love nether the less Xx #OTM

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  9. We really enjoy keeping things small. Even our 21 year old doesn't really "want" for Christmas gifts anymore. We've started donating money to charities at Christmas. We have everything we could ever want or need.

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