The festival is around the Christ child. The celebration of his birth and life. Having family and friends around, being together, loving and the giving of gifts springs to mind.
Priorities in shops in USA are around bringing Christmas forward to a July start, so that they can maximise on income from the public.
Harrods in London opened their Christmas department this year during July too, in time for the Olympics? Why? Maximise on profit.
Our theory in my chain of Charity retail shops is that: we are forced to start selling for Christmas at least by the end of September , early October, or we won’t make enough profits to support the families and patients we fund raise for, a free of charge service. Important people, our patients with life threatening illnesses who need our care.
Today the sleet began to fall on my car as I left for work at 5.45am.
Today I heard a wonderful Christmas carol on the car radio.
Today Christmas began for me, personally.
Today I thought of all those I know far away and became emotional.
Priorities in my home at the moment are focussed around the visit of family from afar this year (from South Africa), being together, the giving of gifts, sharing fun and laughter. Getting to know them again.
Today was the first day of the rest of my life!