Saying ‘hello’ to Christmas

Christmas can be a wonderful time of year. It’s when family, friends and co-workers come together, to celebrate, spend time with each other and be thankful. It’s when people believe in the kindness of others, or when dreams come true, and small miracles happen. The expectation of falling snow, warm log fires, and comfy clothes.

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A snowy winter wonderland
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Santa slippers!

I love Christmas. Every year I look forward to it. It’s such a magical time of year and I get very excited. Christmas is also a time of year when we look back over the year that’s passed, and think about all that’s happened. The good and the bad, the highs and the low. Sometimes we end the year grateful for everything that we’ve been through, other times we are just thankful just to get to December waiting impatiently for January to arrive so that we can start a new year afresh and forget about the past.

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Christmas Chrissie!

For me, this year, has been long and challenging. Unfortunately I was very ill in the Spring, something that forced me to take months out, and recuperate. Once I was finally better and able to return to my day job, I was greeted with the news that I was about to lose that job, something that hit me hard, and I still miss it and my ex-colleagues. My epilepsy medication was also adjusted and so I had to deal with that as well, despite it being something which has, in the end, been positive, and I had to undergo further medical tests. The worst thing about this last year however, was that my next book release was delayed indefinitely due to being ill and all the combined upheaval, which for me was both frustrating and upsetting. I hate letting my readers down and that’s what upset me the most. I felt like a failure and a disappointment to them. The book still hasn’t been released, but I’m further forward and very close to being able to publish it. News on that will be announced in January!

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All five of my published books

 

Despite my struggles throughout the year, my incredibly loyal readers have stayed with me, and they understood the delays with the book. As Christmas draws near I’m so very thankful for them and their support, they make what I do special, and without them I wouldn’t be an author, so they’re very important to me. I’m also grateful for my friends, both old and new, who understand my chaotic life, but are happy to be part of it and allow me to be in theirs, even if I don’t get to see some of them very often! Most of all I’m thankful my family for putting up with me, so to speak – they’ve been a huge support and I love them very much.

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One of my all time favourite reader photos. 

So, wherever you are, whoever you’re with this festive season, make it a good one. Enjoy your time together. Be thankful for what has passed, it makes you who you are. Be thankful for what you have, sometimes it isn’t what we want or expect, but things always have a habit of turning out okay in the end.

So this is me signing off for 2017, and I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all you kinds words and support this year, it has meant a lot, and see you in 2018!

  • What are you looking forward to the most this Christmas?

 

Chrissie is an author who loves history and enjoys travelling and days out exploring. www.chrissieparker.com

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