Do you love my photo? It says so much about me and those I love. The trunk was my mother's that she used to migrate to Australia from England on a cruise ship. The blocks are from my childhood spent building castles for snails on our front porch. The books are all about what Christmas means to me - the nativity story - read to my two girls over the years (although the Guinea Pigs are a recent addition, bought on a pilgimage to the Christmas Markets in Europe and found in London!). The angels of hope and joy warm our hearts. The fine linen is from a dear friend, the flowers from my husband - and the elf? Well, he's my daily companion, chasing me from room to room each day and then plonking at my feet when I sit down to write (he's there as I type this) and providing plenty of distraction and humour.
So from my household to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope that you get to share times of loving closenss with those dear to you, as well as time to contemplate the wonder of the season.
If you've missed them elsewhere, I've contrubted to a few end of year posts over here:
Just Write For Kids, reflecting with the team.
Reading Time where I select my five fave reads of the year - it's a licorice-all-sorts selection with something for everyone!
You can also follow any seasonal posts on my facebook page.
Until the New Year, may love, joy and peace abide with you.