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The True Meaning of Christmas

The build up to Christmas is always my favourite part of all



I love this time of year, and it doesn't take me long to start feeling properly 'Christmassy'. As soon as I see the shops in all their festive finery, watch excited kids jumping up and down in the queue for Santa's grotto and get my first whiff of mulled wine and mince pies I'm there!

The commercial side of Christmas

Sadly, I am a guilty party when it comes to being suckered into the commercial side of Christmas, and it's even harder for kids to ignore, so I do try to make an effort each year to ensure my children have at least a basic understanding of the 'real meaning' of Christmas.

I was pleased therefore to be invited to a very beautiful Carol Service at my sons horse riding stables, the RDA (Riding for the Disabled). A more humbling experience I would be hard to pushed to find.

Positive message from a Paralympian

We met a Paralympian who had won three gold medals and just got her Masters degree in Maths, several very brave children who had learnt to live with some truly significant disabilities and last of all, Santa himself arrived on a quad bike! Yay!

What better way to strike the perfect balance for children?

They all seemed to understand the importance of positivity, determination and supporting others, not just at Christmas but all year round. The message got through because it was delivered in a gentle, visual and non-preachy way plus they got a giant chocolate Santa to eat on the way home from the big man himself! Perfect!

Jayne, Working Mum and Freelance Editor

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