Well here we are again. In just a matter of days the build up to Christmas is over, and we move in to that weird time of the year when we start to relax and go a bit crazy. What this means for me, is that after just a few days of holiday, I seem to almost forget how to write. Holding a pen seems really awkward and I can't use it comfortably. Then I start to lose track of the names of the days. The only way I can know how long I have been on holiday is to count back the days to when I think I might have finished work. Fortunately it's only been a few days so far, I think, which is all good. Most people here in Christchurch seem to be in need of these holidays. I know I am, even though I had some time away earlier in the year. It has sure been a busy year. Productive too.
Although the earthquakes seem to be dying down, there are still many big challenges ahead for a lot of people and life here remains stressful on many different levels. So it's great that it's felt more of a holiday season so far, than it did at this time last year. That's been helped by the fact that this year, we did not have a series of big quakes right on Christmas, as happened last December 23rd. So people had a more relaxed Christmas this time around. Hopefully no-one had to shovel liquefaction. And then once Christmas Day was done, it was of course time for the Boxing Day sales. Because by then, the stores had been closed for a day, and there was all that stuff we then needed to buy. OK...
What goes on for families and relationships at this time of the year is interesting. Christmas (or whatever else it is for you that draws people together) is of course all about families, and so we plan the day around who we are going to see, who we are going to eat a big meal with. We will have also laboured over what gifts we are going to buy. Yet we also know that this time of the year brings stress, that families are not always places of harmony, that the recipe of excess food and alcohol can bring out the worst in people. So I hope you had a great Christmas day, that you enjoyed yourself, and that any tensions were put aside, at least until after the turkey had been dealt to.
Now that Christmas day is behind us, there are a few things to keep in mind that can help keep the holidays ahead enjoyable:
That's it - I've got nothing else to say. Not for this year anyway. Other than a big thanks to those of you who continue to visit these pages. It's great to see the number of visitors increasing month by month. I hope you'll drop by again next year.
Go well over the holiday period, and be sure to enjoy being in the the company of those who are near to you. Remember too, to somehow stay connected to those who are further away.
Best wishes for a happy and rewarding 2013.
"Some occasional thoughts about families, relationships, and other things that distract us...."