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Feeling Christmas?

Not exactly correct, because as I recall, the term was "Chrimbly". Well, that's what she called it anyway. I suppose the question was meant to be defined as "are you feeling the Christmas spirit?"

I remember it as being for the children when they were young, the anticipation of seeing their little faces light up with delight as they tore the wrappings from their presents. Or maybe it was when she invited all of us to stir the Christmas cake when it was still a thick gloopy mixture in the huge mixing bowl? Perhaps that Christmas Day feeling of having eaten too much and wishing you could sleep for a week, but of course, you still had the rest of the day to get through, keeping the children amused or watching that film on TV that hadn't changed in the year since you saw it the last time, or the year before that.

I believe it comes back to memories and how we all interpret this time of year, and what it really means to us all on a personal level. Everyone has their own perception of it and what it means to them. There are the religious aspects of course, and they should never be omitted, but let's face it, they tend to be overlooked by many of us. Has the meaning been lost? That aside, I hope that the true spirit of Christmas is never forgotten; it's a time for families and friends to be together, to share in something special once a year, to celebrate life, to give thanks for everything we have, and look forward to the coming year with hope.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and my hope is that the Christmas spirit touches your heart, wherever you are.

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