So I had a very nice Christmas.
Not everybody did.
A lot of people spent Christmas with a loved one missing for the first time.
Some couldn’t see the people they care about. Some had to skype, some people don’t have skype.
They don’t have a lot of things and its hard to see if are things are going to get better if you can’t find work, can’t do work and your health is failing.
That was Christmas in 2020 for a lot of people and, not that it’s worth anything but, I couldn’t write anything further until I acknowledged that.
Because I did have a nice Christmas.
Yes I was worried about family in the UK and yes I am still worried. We did skype them.
But I did see the rest of my immediate family, I did see my in-laws, we did have a nice time, with pleasant conversation, good food and presents were exchanged.
It was a great Christmas but something struck me even here in Australia where we have proven to be the ‘lucky country’.
It seemed when discussing Christmas Day there was not much talk about going away, big plans, massive catering, it seemed that everybody was focused on just getting the people they loved in the house as best they could even if it had to be by digital means.
They just wanted to be with each other.
At work I was involved in trying to spread Christmas cheer, and it grew from there. Secret Santa gifts put a smile on people’s faces, photos of Christmas trees with treasured decorations and cherubs putting them up were shared, there were winners of silly sock-off competitions and money was raised for various charities.
Paper Christmas hats were made and face masks decorated to wear at team meetings that sported new versions of traditional carols and T’Was The Night Before Christmas and raised spirits.
And God bless her! One member of the IT staff became the GOAT at doing Christmas when she won the first round of the silly sock-off, retired from the sport with an on point resignation press release, had one of the best Christmas trees, sported some reindeer antlers and I kid you not arranged a Frosty snowman hunt in the office.
If you found a photo of a Frosty snowman you got to exchange it for the most exquisite treat.
It seemed the importance of spreading some cheer and supporting others was alive and well this most recent Christmas and I just hope we take something from that.
I belatedly wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.