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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…..

It's beginning to look a lot like ChristmasAt the start of December, what do you see as you look around you?

What does the beginning of Christmas look like to you?

Sight – one of our five senses. When our sight is good, we tend to take it utterly for granted. But I am challenged to take time this week to stop and really notice things, not just see them.

To really notice people around me in the street or in shops, and take time to say hello, or make eye contact, or simply smile rather than just hurtling past or seeing them as a nuisance because they are in my way.

To try to see under the surface of those closer to me, to notice body language and posture that might be clues to tension and frustration. To see what is really going on, rather than simply seeing on the surface because I am too preoccupied with what is next on my list.

To see and enjoy all the twinkly things and sparkly things that are everywhere, and to take time to make my own home somewhere bright and light and inviting, particularly on those days when it never seems to get light.

To really notice and appreciate decorations and gifts, and value and celebrate the person behind it – from the special bauble that belonged to my grandparents to the (ghastly) decorations made by my children when they were at nursery which I still keep (to their horror!).

When it is very dark, seeing what things are and how to move forward can be difficult. So too when our perspective is lost in the midst of dark times – it can be hard to truly see what is going, and our ability to see where we are going becomes clouded and foggy. Perhaps these days of preparation can also prompt us to prepare a time for ourselves in the New Year to take stock and regain our vision for what is important and where we are going with our lives.

And what about the absence of sight – blindness? The weeks leading up to Christmas can be very full and busy, with preparations, shopping, school or family events, work to finish up if we are able to take time off between Christmas and New Year. Sometimes all this busyness stops us seeing what is really important to us – be it the meaning behind Christmas, the importance of family, appreciating good health.

What stops us seeing what is around us? What do we become selectively blind to? Perhaps we can choose to allow what we see to trigger our ability to notice…appreciate…celebrate…one little thing at a time.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

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