It’s Christmas Eve….Chronic Illness Style

“You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why…
Santa Claus is coming to Town!!”

It’s Christmas Eve!!

I think it’s always been my most favourite day of the Christmas period ever since I was a young girl. The excitement and anticipation of Christmas Day just around the corner, still is ignited once Christmas Eve arrives.

My Christmas Day will be simple, a roast turkey lunch, opening some presents, chatting to family on the phone and relaxing with Peter watching Christmas TV specials or a movie…simple but special.

Christmas Eve Past

In years past , when health was strong and my husband was working as a full time Anglican Priest, we were both involved in Christmas church services.

Usually at least three on Christmas Eve (including a midnight one and travel between church centres) and two on Christmas morning. I was looking after the children’s nativity plays and singing solos at these services.

After all that we were shattered but exhilarated. The rest of Christmas was enjoyed through a blur of extreme tiredness. Happy memories 😊

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Christmas Eve Present

Our Christmas Eve tradition now is to have an easy “festive,” dinner and we watch the Carols by Candlelight on TV from Melbourne. It is a yearly tradition in many Australian homes and one we love.

I’m only 6 weeks post my Spinal Surgery and my recovery is slow. I’m incredibly tired as a result. Christmas is a great time for life to slow down until after New Year and I’m looking forward to having some quiet time to just relax.

Whatever your Christmas Eve traditions and your physical abilities, I hope it is a day full of love and special moments and perhaps some Christmas surprises.

A Holy Night

This Christmas Eve marks the 200 year anniversary of one of the most beautiful Christmas carols.

December 24, 1818 — in a little church in Austria, a poem set to music was heard for the first time. It would become one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time.

The lyrics were written by a young Catholic priest, Fr Joseph Mohr, and the music was composed by Francis Xavier Gruber, an organist and school master.

“Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace”

Sending you all lots of love on this special day.

Happy Christmas Eve !!

Sam xx

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