I still love this time of year more than any other though. It's exciting, and magical, and full of family, friends, and most importantly - food.
Perhaps the best part of Christmas is that whilst we remember the birth of Christ, we are able to witness a generous spirit taking over people's hearts. It's a time where on mass, people are more concerned with giving than receiving. That's pretty cool.
For me though, I haven't had to wait til December rolled around to witness acts of generosity in my life. This year, I cannot name all the kindness that has been shown to myself and my family. Whether it has been kind thoughts and words, acts of service, time given, or needed gifts of a more material nature; I have been very blessed this year. Early this year was tough for me physically and my family in terms of dealing with the change to our everyday life. We received so much love and support through this time. Throughout the rest of the year, as my health improved and we had other things pop up (as they always do in life), we continued to be touched by the kind hearts of the people in our lives. I hope all these people who have blessed our lives so much know who they are.
One of the big blessings and lessons learned through trials, is the love shown to us. Perhaps people reach out to us more during difficult times, or perhaps we recognise it better because we are praying for and searching for help to carry us through, but whatever the reason, my own situation had allowed me to time and time again see how much goodness there is in the world.
This Christmas season is no different from any other year in how excited I am to celebrate with those I care about, but this year I don't feel like I have had to wait til December to see the spirit of love and giving - I blessed to have many in my life who possess this spirit all year around.
On a different note; I took Carter to see Santa earlier this week. He obliged with the sitting on the lap routine and hurried his way through the small talk. He saw the child before him got a lollipop at the end and I know that was all he had on his brain from that moment onwards.
Carter has a tendency to ask for some odd Christmas gifts which can make Santa's job a little tough. Last year he wanted an American football helmet.
When Santa asked him what he wanted this year, I made sure I listened closely.
His request.....ICE SKATES!!!
Firstly, where does he plan on wearing these skates that he feels he needs to OWN a pair?
And secondly, for a boy who is always covered in bruises and regularly trips over absolutely nothing, ice skates don't seem like the wisest choice to me.
Christmas morning is bound to be interesting.