Gathering the straws of life together

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and lots of us are saying Merry Christmas and wishing all a happy holiday. At our home this December we have had a great lead up to this festive season. Christmas day is not just about one day. These days I put up the Christmas Trees, our main one in our dining room and a smaller one in the family room, mid November! I like to enjoy the time leading up to Christmas, the Christmas lights, the music and the displays in the shops. If we don’t celebrate and enjoy the weeks before the 25 December, before we know it – Christmas is over!

On a Christmas visit to see family last week, my mother mentioned that she spent the first 34 years of her life celebrating Christmas at Helidon (20kms from Toowoomba). This means that I spent the first 11 years of my life with family, at Helidon. This was the family home my great-grandparents built in 1906. We would wake up in Toowoomba, unwrap our presents and after breakfast make the trip to Helidon. There were no fans or air-conditioning. Tables were joined together and set up on the back verandah. For my first  8 years at Helidon Granny (great-grandmother) would cook a roast lunch on the wood stove. How did she do it in the Queensland summer heat? Then there was plum pudding with threepences and sixpences. Finding those coins was the only reason I ate plum pudding! It was made even better with home made custard and fresh cream, from the cow across the road. There were comics to read, no mobiles, televison or ipads. Everyone would find a cool place to have an afternoon siesta. Sometimes we would go the local creek for a swim. Today, there is no water in the creek. Later in the afternoon we would enjoy big slices of watermelon, so refreshing on a hot summer’s afternoon.

Thank you to all those who have read my blog this past year. There are so many blogs – today more than 440 million and counting. Therefore, I appreciate you taking the time, to take time out and read one of my posts. If you are on the roads at Christmas and New Year, I wish you safe travelling. May you and your family have a happy and joyful Christmas. I am having a break from blogging and will start up again in the week commencing 8 January 2018.

Christmas is a time for giving, to reflect, and time to place our arms around our loved ones.

A little kindness, as we all know, makes a big difference at any time of the year, but especially at Christmas. Thank you to all our dear friends and family for your love and kindness throughout the year. A quote from Henry James sums up an approach to life that I will focus on in 2018 – “three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind” – I am working on it! Merry Christmas and enjoy the Christmas Gospel Flashmob below.



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