Christmas Time Frenzy
Christmas time frenzy, it turns up every year and in the last few years, it’s been a very different experience for me and I never really know what to expect or where I will be. Alongside that, I never really know how I am going to feel on the day.
This year I have found myself in Sydney, Australia. I was here six months ago and I will be dog sitting on Northern Beaches. So one or two dreams will be coming true for me. Firstly I will be able to experience the beautiful beaches again, surely some of the best in the world and secondly, I will be caring for a dog, so in effect will be getting a dog for Christmas, be it a temporary one.
I have just returned from a trip from Mudgee (more about Mudgee in my next post) where I came across a Centre for Loss and Grief (NALAG) where you can just pop in and have a chat with someone. I just thought what a wonderful idea, no pressure just pop in and have a chat and connect with people. We often forget that Christmas can be a difficult time for a lot of people and these are there five tips for coping strategies from NALAG :
- Do something in memory of the person who has died. (Light a candle, place a special ornament on the tree)
- Plan your time so that you are under a little amount of stress as possible.
- Plan your “escape” if need be, don’t over commit.
- Let your friends and family know that you need to take things slowly and as it comes.
- Share your memories and stories – as it’s okay to cry or laugh
- Do something special for yourself – treat yourself to a massage or buy yourself a present.
- Seek professional help if required.(copyright of NALAG National Association for Loss and Grief (NSW) inc www.nalag.org.au
To find out more about how to help people or yourself download this brochure
For those of you who have lost a Dad or Grandad, I have attached a link to the little book my sister and I created some years ago. It’s always nice to remember the loved ones we have lost at this time of year and offer a thought or prayer for their well-being and express our continued love for them.
My Dad used to dress up as Santa and give out presents at the local Catholic club, which he loved. We used to celebrate our Xmas on Christmas Eve and stay up late opening presents, and chatting after Midnight Eve Mass – those magical moments have gone. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing – how we choose to remember the past!
Here’s to wonderful adventures in 2018