In Christmases of yesteryear, I’d have Christmas cards written, gifts wrapped, the tree up, Christmas menus prepared and even my outfits planned for Christmas parties by the end of November.
But this year, I’ve left everything until the very last minute. I only just made the wreath and the dessert last night, still deciding on the menu for our Christmas lunch and have only just wrapped the presents. And there is no Christmas tree. I threw out the enormous plastic shrubbery just before our move.
They say that becoming a parent is supposed to make you more decisive, determined and good with dead-lines – but throw in a spoonful of sleep deprivation, house renos, vetting, and a sick pet, and you end up with a recipe for flying time and missing days…
Despite all of that, this Christmas won’t be any less meaningful than the others. Sometimes we can get so engrossed with the decorations, the festivities, the gifts and the feasts, that we forget what Christmas is really all about. I was recently reminded that our loved ones’ presence is far more important than their presents on Christmas Day. That’s because one very special member of our family was almost not going to make it for Christmas this year: Theodore.
I took him to hospital a few days ago as he wasn’t eating or drinking and looking completely listless – literally as sick as a dog. It turns out he suffered from unexpected acute kidney failure! His numbers were off the charts in a very bad way, but thanks to the incredible care and expertise of my colleagues at both Stud Park and Glen Eira Greencross Vet Clinics, Theodore has made a stunning recovery so he’s now out of the woods and into our arms for Christmas!
I hope you’ve got some amazing things planned to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, but more importantly, I hope you have some amazing people to celebrate with. See you in the new year! xx