Merry Christmas …..

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All images via adesigndiary

Amidst all of the Christmas chaos , let’s remember why we celebrate this particular holiday..the birth of Christ.

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Lets also spare a thought for all those people who are homeless, alone, living in refugee camps or in the middle of a war.

I am so grateful for the fact that I am able to celebrate this day with my mum and my sister and that I can Skype our younger sister and her family in Australia….I’m grateful that we have a lovely traditional lunch waiting for us after Church  and so much abundance in the form of gifts and good food.

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I am very aware that I am among the fortunate, living in an affluent and peaceful country and my heart goes out to those who are not.

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Merry Christmas to all and may this be a time of peace and togetherness.

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Creative Christmas Ideas…

For a number of reasons, mostly work commitments, I find it very difficult to get into a Festive frame of mind with the lead up to Christmas. Living in a Muslim country (entirely my choice) Christmas as we know it is obviously  not observed in a spiritual sense. The decorations are all up in the malls (yes, its true..they are more festive in Dubai than London!) and the Christmas fairs have started.

Its a much more subtle feeling which to me seems to be lacking…no crisp and cold weather…no natural slowing down of work (I usually work right up to Christmas Eve and then again on the day after Christmas through to New Year) and very little sense of family unless we fly our mum to Dubai to see us. Most often we join friends for a get together and shared meal which is lovely but it’s just not the same!

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I have been scouring Pinterest to try and get some inspiration and infuse some of the Season’s excitement into the next few weeks and my goodness, there are some beautiful ideas around…there are some incredibly clever and inspiring people in the world!!

Look at these beautiful decorative baubles…

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Oh to have some spare time to make these!! I LOVE them!!

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For a natural Christmas, these ideas above are spot on…I particularly love the moss-wrapped shades in the image on the top left.

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images via http://www.tabithaemma.com/christmas-inspiration-candles/

These ideas for displays of candles are just wonderful and so easy to do…even for us in a greenery challenged desert!! I’m seeing a bit of a natural them going on here so what about a bit of sparkle…this wonderful collage below is from this blog

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These gorgeous images are from this blog...a lovely combination of natural and a bit of glitter.

I must say, just writing this post has literally lifted my spirits..with less than a month to go to Christmas, believe me I need it. The problem is that I have had a few Christmases in England with gorgeous cold weather, a proper Church service in a 300 year old church, real floral wreaths and trees , sparkly lights in cosy cottages…I feel like I am in a movie each time I experience it and a desert Christmas is just so different that it always seems to be a bit of a let down to me! I am fully aware that I sound like a Grinch!!

 

 

Merry Christmas…

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Wherever you are celebrating this wonderful holiday, I wish you and your families a peaceful and happy Christmas.

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image via marthastewart.com

The gifts have been opened, the wonderful meals cooked and consumed and most of us have flopped down onto the sofa with a cup of tea, a mince pie and a Christmas movie on the TV…or is that just me?