Christmas in Brisbane far away from the cold and the snow

Christmas is such a magical time and seems to conjure up emotions we may not have felt all year, maybe a tinkle tummy as my kids would say , a little bubble of ย childhood magic in your belly that puts a sparkle on so many things that otherwise are very boring .

And yet for so many Christmas is not a magical bubble in your belly but a tight knot of anxiety. There can be a lot of pressure to provide this perfect Christmas, where there is delicious restaurant quality food served for every meal, and the most delicate of tasty nibbles served at the millions of parties that seem to flow constantly, and we all look beautiful and happy all day every day for the whole month ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย and just so we are all clear that is exactly what happens in my house….????? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ok May be slight exaggeration. I can make a peanut butter and jam sandwich look gourmet honestly, I can??? ย And we obviously are the picture perfect family who smile all the time, with perfect white teeth ๐Ÿ˜‰ at this point no one in my family is allowed to comment about those moments in the house when everyone avoids mum, as she’s in one of those moods …….. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas away from home in this hot, sticky, beautiful, Brisbane is so far removed from anything that creates that tinkle tummy feeling for me. And yet whatever we feel, that calendar keeps crossing those days off, and the big day just gets closer and closer. The shops keep playing” jingle bells” and “Santa baby” louder and louder !, and all I can think about is oh my goodness I am sweating like a snowman on the beach ๐Ÿ™‚ and drinking iced anything, as my friends in colder climates across the world post pictures of warm mulled wine or egg nog.

I LOVE Christmas and everything about it !, But it truly is a time when so many of us feel soooo nostalgic and home sick for all that we hold close so far away, and those feelings of home-sickness can be overwhelming for some .

Skype and FaceTime are amazing, and yet it’s not the same as a real squishy hug from that someone you love so much .

But be encouraged you are not alone in how you feel, and once we can put aside all the commercialism of this time of year. It is a time to reflect on what we do have and the blessings all around us in the everyday. How blessed we are to have people who we love across the world, to have had those relationships past and present who have shared some of our journey, to have those memories that can make us smile still, years later .

Christmas is a time of hope !

If you have a faith it’s a time to acknowledge the deep sense of joy, peace and hope that Jesus brings into our lives

If you have loved ones, no matter where in the world, be grateful that they have been part of this adventure of your life even if only for a short time .

If you have moved to the other side of the world it’s a time to reflect and look back and remember the joy of a cold Christmas and being all snuggled up next the fire, ahhhhh bliss ( in my memory anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

But then put on your swimmers and get to the beach and enjoy the fact that we are able to live in this amazingly beautiful place, making new memories and traditions for this chapter of your life, and we all know those who are shivering on the other side of the world would LOVE to be able to come and jump in our crystal clear blue ocean ๐Ÿ™‚

However Christmas makes you feel. As we celebrate in the sunshine, its ok to feel nostalgic at times and if your anything like me there will be some tears of sadness, and then some of joy. Remember to take a few minutes to look at the blessings you do have whether they be tiny or huge, and be grateful. And then look to this new Christmas ahead of us and do something new to start those traditions on this side of the world .

Christmas is a time to celebrate, not in the way the Media says we should but in the way you and your family feel you should.

We JOY girls want to wish you all so many blessings .

And joy and peace for the New Year

Blessings

Chrissy, Sarah and Jo xx

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