..... my true love gave to me, a beautiful guest post from the very awesome Mary Key of Keynko. We always celebrate Christmas with some fabulous posts from our blogging friends and this year is about memories. .....
I was brought up in a house that was full of Christmas spirit. My mum was the most excited person in the house in the run up to the big day and always the first one out of bed that morning shaking people awake to open presents.
So the first Christmas without her was very very hard. She passed away at the beginning of November and it seemed wrong in some way to be getting ready without her, I just couldn't bring myself to sort anything out. My dad made the decision to go off to America that first year to stay with my brother and waving him goodbye only made it worse.
But for the sake of my own children I needed to get in the mood and try our best to have as much fun as we could. With that in mind we decided that we needed a complete new set of Christmas decorations that year, new broom and all that, and I hoped maybe hunting for new tinsel would make me feel festive. The first shop we went into yielded the perfect tree topper which everything else was then matched to
My mum loved peacocks and this little bird was sat on a shelf all on it's own looking lonely, I mean we had no choice but to take him home and make him feel welcome.
I love my little birdy, and in fact because he now reminds me so much of my mum he is never packed away and lives all year round on the mantelpiece in the living room.
And his little glass nest? well that first year my Dad, god bless him, bought little stocking fillers for everyone before he went away and this was mine. A very simple glass candle stick with a little card,
"my darling girl, I hope that this will help to lighten your life - a little"
And it did, just a little.
8 years down the line we obviously still miss her, but we work hard to enjoy the holidays with our loved ones, we can raise a glass to her memory and laugh about happy times in the past.
So please do the same - raise a glass to those people who can't be with you this year, remember the good times you had with them and enjoy the time with your loved ones, squeeze them tight and have another mince pie in memory of my darling mum!
Happy Christmas everyone! x x x x x x