Posted on December 24, 2016

A Christmas Gift

December has been a busy month, and I can’t believe I’ve not posted anything here since the 1st, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of Christmas preparation: meeting friends, writing and sending cards, wrapping presents and thinking about the festive feast that is almost upon is.

It’s also the Season of Gifts in the Get Messy art journal group that I’m part of; the idea being to give yourself the ‘gift of time’ to invest in and on creativity at this busy and often stressful time of year.

I’ve managed a few pages but nothing more.

A Christmas GiftSo now the time is finally here to relax and nurture the self, and I’m going to commit to it wholly. It doesn’t feel selfish, it feels well-deserved.

I’m giving myself the gift of time to create, draw, write, stitch, stick, glitter and gesso. There’s a Christmas jigsaw waiting for me too; a Christmas tradition I always love between me and my Mum.

I read a quote a few weeks ago that really spoke to me: PRESENCE not PRESENTS. I think that sums up how I feel about ‘the silly season’. There is no better gift than the finite resource of time.

What’s your gift to yourself? Make time. Make it special.

Merry Christmas to one and all x

Christmas gifts in a woodland forest

(Visit my Christmas archive for previous festive inspiration and a story of hope!)

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  • Reply Emily December 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I hope you got some time Rebecca. I gave myself yesterday to get back to my paints and art journals and it felt so good! I must admit thought the season of gifts has kind of passed me by, just too much going on and that’s ok, that’s life.

    • Reply daintydora December 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks Emily – I did! I’ve been working on a Christmas journal, just going with the flow. I have thought about the prompts but I’ve just been seeing the ‘gift of time to be creative’ as the best part of the season. I want to commit to weekly pages for 2017 though… xx

  • Reply Collette December 30, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Now that Christmas is behind us and we have managed to escape camping for a few days, the gift of time seems easy to achieve, sitting in a camp chair for a long slow breakfast, mid-morning showers (if you can be bothered), long slow walks. The mayhem of Christmas is the trade off for those lovely slow days that follow, where you lose track of what day it is, and what time it is. But I have to remind myself to savour it as the fast pace of normal life will return all too soon! I hope you have a lovely break. xx

    • Reply daintydora December 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Oh your trip sounds perfect Collette – love the sound of those meandering walks. I agree that the days after Christmas are the real reward for all the prepping and panic beforehand. It’s like a delicious limbo-time when you just lose track and it’s amazing. I’ve been staying up late, getting up late…and the feasting and celebrations are about to start all over again! Have a fabulous New Year and I’ll see you on the other side xx

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