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Your Christmas story

Posted by Simon Parke, 12 December 2017, 5.54am

I don’t know what Christmas narrative you have.

And in particular, your emotional narrative.

Surprisingly, your Christmas story may not feature a stable to any great degree.

There are so many different versions out there.

It could, for instance, be the: ‘Everything’s just so busy at this time of year, no time to stop! Busy, busy, busy!’ variety.

(Though everyone has time to stop if they wish to; and become mad if they don’t.)

Or the anxious narrative around the various seasonal social gatherings: ‘How will everyone behave? Will we get through this without a major bust-up?’

(Though perhaps we spend too much time allowing what other people might do to oppress us. The future doesn’t exist. And others are not our responsibility.)

It could be a judgmental narrative, railing against the commercialisation of it all: ‘The true meaning of Christmas is quite lost! It’s disgraceful!’

(Though the true meaning of Christmas is grace in our hearts rather than a judgement.)

Or perhaps our narrative is: ‘I’ll just be glad when it’s all over.’

(Though this depressed attitude can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.)

Or finally, perhaps you just love everything about Christmas: ‘I love it all!’ This also is possible.

Whatever the emotional tone of your Christmas story, (and you’ll have your reasons), do notice the small everyday miracles along the way…

... whether its warmth, the stars, laughter, kindness, a wonderful card, the food bank box in the supermarket, icicles, a robin in the snow or roasted chestnuts.

Life is moments; like candles, they light our difficult way.

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