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Ok , it is allowed now. I can mention Christmas.
You see my Mum would never let any of us mention it until my birthday had been and gone and it has, so tinsel, stars and carols, whoopy do.
As I write, hubby is ferreting about in the garden, sawing branches, knocking in stakes and cursing a little. All so that we can have a Christmas Tree in the garden, it is our ‘Tree of Hope.” It is the 4th year we have had one, the idea is that grandparents who are denied contact come and write messages to their grandchildren, actually we have grandparents, parents and children come.
It is very moving and we have met some amazingly kind people. One year I answered the door to a family, two little girls clutching their Christingle candles. They had just been to church and asked if they could write a message to all children who wouldn’t be seeing their grandparents, which they did. They said,” we would like to give you a Christingle candle,for you to light for your granddaughter.” it made me cry, but it was the true spirit of Christmas and they now come every year.
Just a minute I am apparently needed…
I stopped for a pause as assistance and approval needed, in the garden and now red lights like holly berries are now shining bright outside and the tree is already filling up with messages of love. There are also little knitted gifts from a Mum who doesn’t see her children.
By our front door I will be putting up a very special Nativity set that I have had for many years, it too holds such great memories.
17years ago, I lost my Mum, I miss her more than words can say and whilst I was shopping in my high street I popped into the Post Office to send Christmas cards, must admit I did not feel Chrismassy at all, in their window they had a beautiful knitted Nativity set which I loved, it was being raffled for charity. I bought a ticket and really hoped I would win it.
On Christmas Eve, it was dark and cold, I answered the door and the lady who ran the Post Office was there, holding a box, she said, “I know how badly you wanted to win the Nativity set, so I have made one especially for you.” So once again tears on the doorstep!
You see, you never know who is standing at your front door, always be ready to open that door and let amazing things happen.