The Christmas that was
We don't do much about Christmas here, as most of the gift giving in families with children usually occurs at Saint Nicolas (December 5th) although there has been a shift in recent years towards Christmas itself. Personally, I dislike the commercial side of Christmas as I feel it detracts from something significant and even though I'm not all that enthusiastic about the Christian traditions in the way they are presented as such I find Christmas still is a special time to stop, reflect and rethink things that usually are taken for granted in daily life.
For my part I've come to the realisation that we seriously need some councilling... I'm almost at my wits end trying to keep things a bit calm at moments. There's a lot of issues going on at the moment... children at difficult ages, a partner who isn't coping, financial difficulties and myself trying to find my way back from the margins of my own life, back to a semblance of normality (whatever that might be).
Yet, despite all the nonsense of the last couple of days, I'm still reasonably optimistic somehow. I've managed to calm the chaos in my perceptions and seem to be able to oversee life better than has been the case the last few months.
The question is, though... what am I going to do about it?