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Time well spent
Date Added: 17/12/2015 00:00:00
Author: Grant Morgan

Christmas is nearly here and another year-end is fast approaching. I am sure that each and every one of you will agree that this year has been a whirlwind. Timescales, lost time, not enough time. Time is precious, no matter whether it is at work or at home. I am fortunate enough to work within an industry that shuts down between Christmas and New Year, but many people do not have this luxury. Our doctors, nurses, fire fighters, police and service men and women all work tirelessly to ensure life as we know it just keeps moving forward.

Many of us will be enjoying ourselves with our loved ones this Christmas and the strains and stresses we work with and more often than not, place upon ourselves, should be put into context. We should take note of these times, take a mental picture and allow ourselves the opportunity to breathe and enjoy moments in time when we can feel contentment and happiness.

Here are some of the things I love to do or look forward to at Christmas:

  • Putting the Christmas decorations up is always a chore, but once they are up, you can't help but to feel Christmassy.

  • Christmas songs are played on what seems to be a constant loop throughout December, but there is always that moment each year when I catch myself really enjoying a particular favourite, then I know it’s Christmas.

  • It wouldn't be Christmas without watching a film or two on the TV - one of my favourites is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, but my children love Elf.

  • I love buying the kids Christmas presents, but don't like wrapping them.

  • I love a Christmas quiz, either at work or in our local village pub.

  • Visiting friends and family and wondering why we don't get together more often.

  • I can't remember the last Christmas I didn't spend the best part of a day building some sort of Lego creation for my sons. One year, my wife dropped the Lego Police Station that my eldest son and I built whilst trying to carry it upstairs, I still find it difficult to talk about this!

  • I can remember playing board games as a child and although my boys would much prefer video games, I still ensure we sit round the table and play whatever game we have brought that year.

  • Christmas morning - my sons running into our bedroom. That moment spent trying to wake yourself up and brace yourself as they jump on the bed with those immortal words 'has he been?'

  • Last but not least, Christmas Day - present opening, putting toys together, putting the batteries in, clearing up the wrapping paper, preparing Christmas dinner, a few drinks whilst preparing Christmas dinner, an afternoon stroll, a bond movie, cheese and biscuits, an afternoon nap, the list goes on.

Whatever your pleasures are this Christmas, I do hope you have a great one and please remember to make the most of every single one of them.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

All the best

Grant Morgan

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