Well, it is December 2022, and I am about to edit our first video Christmas Card and newsletter to be sent to family and friends via YouTube! If you’d have told me at the start of the millennium that this would happen I would have been hard-pressed to believe it! Yet here we are. Postal strikes, the cost of postage (and cost of living generally), coupled with incredible advances in technology have brought us to the point where we can send our Christmas greetings, first hand to our friends and family, not only around the country, but around the globe!
It has taken me a long time to feel Christmassy this year, and I’m not exactly sure why. It could be that after a couple of years of Covid Christmasses, we have got out of the routines of Christmas a bit. It could be that I have been stressed and mentally exhausted for a few months and so focused on our daughter’s mental health and well being (anxiety, depression, self-harming and struggling at school – likely due to ASD), and trying to get her the help and support that she needs. It could be because our family has had the winter lurgy that is going around and between both children, we have had one or the other of them at home for most of December. Or, it could be simply that I am aware that our Christmas will be different this year as my parents are in Zambia with my sister and my cousin (who is like a sister to me) is in New York with her fiancé for work. We will be having a much quieter Christmas this year.
Yet, here I now sit, with my glass of hot mulled wine and my blanket, ready to send out our news for another year. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. So, wherever you are this Christmas, and whoever you are with; whatever the circumstances of this past year, I wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2023!
Lots of love,