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On The Third Day Of Christmas

Apart from the obvious religious significance, Christmas is about sharing and caring – if you need to dedicate a specific time period to it. I know that most of us try to carry the sentiment through the year, even if we take down the decorations the week after. Christmas has always been a time when I’m reminded of the great capacity we all have to be kind, generous and considerate to others.

As we “grow up”, our responsibilities and experiences can lead us to lose sight of some of the really important things in life. The commercialisation of Christmas has caused the season particular damage and many of us see it as a time of great stress rather than the joyful season it is meant to be. Even I, with my abundant Christmas spirit, have groaned in despair when seeing Christmas decorations appearing in stores – in August.

Which is another reason I particularly enjoy visiting my family for Christmas. It gives me the chance to sit down, slow down and catch up on the lives of the people who had the greatest hand in making me the man I am today. And while it is great to spend time in the company of these wonderful people; there are others who also make Christmas even better for me.They are the ones who remind me that one year, Wolf Brother and I snuck out of bed and climbed up our verandah with complete disregard for our own safety because we thought we heard Santa on the roof. The ones who spark the memory of “The Hunt”, to see if we could manage a sneak peek at presents that might be tucked away in cupboards, under beds or in all manner of other mysterious and exciting places.

The ones who shred wrapping paper in seconds in a joyful frenzy as they find new treasures to play with and learn from and who sing Christmas Carols unashamedly to any who will listen. The ones who remind me that no matter where we are in our lives, there’s always room for fun and that we should never take ourselves too seriously.

My two nephews and niece are beautiful souls – three breaths of fresh air that help me refill my lungs with youthful exuberance after a year of being mostly a grown-up. With their excitement and their energy, the kids help keep us young – especially when we feel a little older than we’d like.

I hope that you’ll inhale your fresh breaths voraciously this Christmas, whatever form they take. May they continue to carry you through the New Year and into the many years yet to come. 

On the third day of Christmas, the Season gave to me…

Three fresh breaths
Two swimming pools
and a trifle made for the Family

12 responses to “On The Third Day Of Christmas

  1. skippingstones December 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    My sister has 17 and 13 year old sons and 4 year old and 7 month old daughters. So I know exactly what you’re talking about. I am so fortunate – and excited – to have another opportunity to be an aunt to little ones again. They are truly magical little creatures, who grow up all too fast.

  2. educlaytion December 16, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Definitely something about the wonderment of little ones around Christmas. Something special you just can’t recreate.

  3. Tamara December 16, 2011 at 1:44 am

    I love that you climbed up on the roof to check for Santa. As a mother, the thought terrifies me, but as a reader, I love it.🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson December 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    And can I say the way you describe your nephews and niece: that’s how I feel about my trio. But they are getting older, and I don’t think we’ll be together at all for Hanukkah this year.

    It’s the first time in 15 years that we won’t be celebrating together.

    I miss my sweet breaths of fresh air already. {weep}

    • Christian Emmett December 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      It is astounding how quickly time passes isn’t it? The eldest of the three turned seven a couple of weeks ago. SEVEN. Already.

      Just remember that no matter where they are, your kids will always love you just as much as they ever did.🙂

  5. Leanne Shirtliffe December 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Christian: This (“My two nephews and niece are beautiful souls – three breaths of fresh air that help me refill my lungs with youthful exuberance after a year of being mostly a grown-up”) is lovely. Beautiful writing, beautiful sentiment.

  6. Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson December 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Love this! Have you seen @tamaraoutloud doing her own countdown? So funny! Love it!

    • Christian Emmett December 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      I haven’t seen Tamara’s – I’ll get right onto that!

      #EDIT: Actually, I have noticed it. I haven’t had a chance to read all her posts to date, but I read her poem last night. She’s doing a great job.🙂

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