This December I unexpectedly went missing from my blog due to a whole new level of busyness that took me a little by surprise. We had so many end of year events, concerts and commitments. Several big ones involved Michaela finishing Preschool, where I surprised myself by shedding a tear or two. My 6 years of involvement at the Preschool are now over, which will take some getting used to, as I spent lots of time over the years on the Committee of Management. The Preschool has nurtured all three of our children and the people there have meant a lot to all of us.
Another surprise this December was a very welcome one from our garden. We had so much rain this year, compared to previous years, that I was surprised by Christmas Lilies growing in our very own soil. I didn’t even know they were there until these blooms appeared. What a gift.
We had another Christmassy surprise in our garden, a Christmas Beetle came for a visit – I have not seen one of these for years. Although I have no photographic evidence, we were also thrilled with a frog sighting, in our backyard, earlier in the month. The months of rain have been fantastic for the garden and wildlife.
I managed to get all the presents for the teachers finished on time, and have almost finished the Christmas presents. We have had lots of friends from “far-away” visiting Melbourne this month, which has been wonderful, and last night we hosted a festive gathering at our place for some of our dearest friends.
This Christmas is in sharp contrast to the last, which was a very dark time for our family, as my brother was very, very ill. In spite of how much happier it is, I am very much aware that this time of year is very hard for many, especially those that have someone missing from their table. I hope this Christmas (or as my American friend pointed out last night – Holiday Season) brings you more happiness than sadness, and some peace in amongst the bustle and noise. Enjoy a cuppa in the sunshine if you can.