What do you love most about this time of year? Is it the nightly thunderstorms that start as tiny buildups in the west and end as growling monsters, with the Norse god, Thor, throwing lightening bolts around the skies?
Perhaps it’s the frenetic shopping? With my poorly developed shopping gene I can’t say I get any great pleasure out of witnessing the car parking rage or checkout rants from stressed shoppers… I want to give them all a big hug and tell them to relax, it’s Christmas time!
Maybe it’s the tangy smell of mangoes followed an instant later by that wonderful tart sweetness of the fruit? Is it baking cakes and puddings for Christmas? (Thanks to Cathryn Hein and Michelle Douglas I have a perfect cake sitting in its box waiting to be eaten!)
Perhaps wrapping pressies is your favourite thing. I used to colour coordinate each year with a palette of paper and ribbons. These days I barely find time to wrap my gifts in some cheerful paper before sending them on their way…
Maybe it’s the holidays and time to put your feet up for a few days? Do you have a To Be Read Pile? Are you about to decimate it in an orgy of reading?
For me I love catching up with friends and family at this time of year. I know I shouldn’t need an excuse to do that, but so often life gets in the way and even friends who live close by become relegated to FB contact. At Christmas time it has to be face to face or at least a chat on the phone. For those on the other side of the world there’s always Skype.
I’ve had a few days in Brisbane this week, met some old friends and some new additions. I’ve driven to the south coast, the north coast and the west. I’ve laughed and hugged and cried and caught up on the news. I’m ready to go home now and my life is richer for all those conversations.
People – that’s what I love most about Christmas 🙂