I just wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
I’d have to say that Christmas has always had a special place in my life. Getting together with my family and sharing the joy. I LOVE giving presents and this is the time of the year that I get to go crazy with my gift giving and sometimes it is just a little over the top, but I love the whole process of shopping for the perfect gifts for people (I’m not normally a shopper at any other time of the year), taking the time to wrap the presents (this year I found cool Star Wars and Minions Christmas wrapping paper for all the kids I buy for) and then of course seeing the excitement on the receivers face when they open the present.
It is always something I think about at Christmas time about just how much I love to give gifts. Not only to my family, but I always buy multiple gifts for the Kmart Christmas tree (you give gifts for children that may not get a gift this year). I just love to give gifts.
If you have ever read the book ‘5 Love Languages’ it is not hard to see what my love language is, but that is how I show love. For me, I love to receive quality time which again is what Christmas for me is all about – spending quality time with the people you love.
Christmas has changed over the years as I’ve aged. As a child, it was a massive Christmas day at my Grandparents house – they lived next door to us – with all my Aunts & Uncles and cousins (my Mum is one of 6 living children) so to say when you have something like 15 kids running around under the age of 10 – it was kind of busy!
Now we have slowed right down and our family has made the choice to make Christmas much more simple. This year we are going to my brother’s house and we are doing a super easy (yet still yummy) Christmas lunch without the fuss. I love the simple things now and not feeling like it is a big production to make Christmas special.
I’m sharing this with you because this year it has made me realise what I love about what I do when working with business owners – make it simple. We often over complicate our businesses, just as we do with Christmas. We sometimes forget what the goal of our business really is, just as we do on Christmas day. Moving into 2016, I’m certainly going to simplify my business personally and take on the lessons I’ve learnt about Christmas – and myself – and use them in 2016. I can certainly see it will be more about giving and simplification!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in 2016!!