So I've been trying to be all up-beat and stuff about this whole festive thing happening at the moment. I've made a myriad of handmade gifts for teachers and friends - and even my kids. I'm taking Chloe in to the city on Thursday as a surprise, to go and see the Myer Christmas windows and whatever else Christmas themed we can find in there. I've been to Christmas gatherings, have my work dinner this week, and am heading to a friend's house from our old neighbourhood on the weekend for a catch up. For good measure - I'm even baking a frigging Christmas cake!!
I've finished the gift shopping. Still yet to wrap everything. I've sort of decided what we will be eating Christmas day, but still really have no idea. I even managed to track down the last remaining hire
car 12 seater mini van in Tasmania, for when we arrive there after Christmas. We are thinking this holiday will be rather reminiscent of National Lampoon's Vacation!
I'm still looking forward to the excitement my kids bring to the table on Christmas Day. The ripping open of wrapping paper, the untwisting of stupid bloody plastic ties ensuring parents cannot help Barbie escape from the box she came in. The fighting over whose toy is who's, and the closely followed by threats of Santa asking for said toys to be sent back to him...
Amongst all of this excitement and happiness, there's also the reality that there are so many people out there who are doing it tough. Whether it be financially, poor health or they will be missing someone at their family gathering. A few days ago, I followed the lead of a couple of other business pages on Facebook. I posted on my Ms Midge page that I would like to get in to the spirit of giving, and asked people if they knew of anyone who could with a little extra Christmas cheer? I had 13 lovely ladies respond, without telling me details, just that they knew someone. The following day I had to choose. Which I couldn't really do! So I chose to send a bigger gift to two little sisters and the other recipients would all receive something small.
To say I was touched by the response would be an understatement. Many people messaged me to say they would be paying it forward. That they themselves would find someone to give a gift to and lend a helping hand.
I posted my packages today - and I had absolutely no idea what to write in the cards! So after a bit of procrastinating, I scribed that it was a Secret Santa gift, to brighten their day. I'm hoping it does.
Random act of music - I love this song. I think it could be an anthem for the World.
How are you getting through this "silly season"? Any random acts of kindness? Paying it forward?