Well here we are, Christmas is almost upon us! This time next week presents will have been opened, our stomachs will be full to bursting and the kids will still want us to go outside and play with their new bikes, hover boards, whatever wonderful gifts they have received.  Whilst all you want to do is have a little nap.

So how do you all survive the over stimulation, adrenaline fueled outings.  It can be exhausting, right?   And then there’s the school events and Christmas parties.  Did you all make it to see all the wonderful school nativity plays, carol concerts, Christmas parties, Santa visits, oh the list goes on?

We’re all seasoned to buy into that this is a precious time of year to spend with friends and family, and to make the most of our children’s natural energy and enthusiasm.  Get them involved with different activities to help you, the most obvious being the making of Christmas cards, or baking Christmas puddings, making mince pies the list can go on and on.  And yes, apparently you’re not having fun unless it’s messy.  Yes, it can be time consuming but on the upside this could be a great excuse to give the whole place a deep clean!  You’ll also get to hear all the envious comments like “You’re amazing, I don’t know how you find the time?”  At this point please refrain from letting the rest of the world know you gave up sleep for December so that it is all possible.  Who really needs sleep anyway?   After all just the excitement and energy of everyone else can, no will, keep you going.  Sound familiar?  On the plus side you’ll be able to look back on all the joy and quality time you were able to give to your little ones whole experience of Christmas.

Don’t forget to make time to meet and celebrate with your friends, preferably without the kids in tow, even if it just for a quick coffee.  Just so that you have enough time out to recuperate and recharge to start the festivities all over again, after all although we do it for the children, you do need to be on form and have the patience and energy required, and the only way you will achieve this is to take that valuable ‘time out’, have a short break, remember who you are before family life takes over again.

New Year is the time we normally celebrate with friends and family all together, to herald in, with the people that matter to us the start of a new year and new resolutions.

I am so excited to see what 2016 brings us all, new challenges, new excitements, new learnings and new loves, and my hope is for us to be able to share and support each other on life’s journey no matter what it may throw at us and to be able to celebrate our achievements this time next year.

And finally, that just leaves me to wish you all a very Magical Christmas and a wonderful 2016.

With much love and appreciation,

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