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Every so often, when it gets to this time of the year, I become a little reflective. I think Christmas is naturally that time of year when you remember the people who are no longer with you, you remember the festive season when you were all still together – and while this can be sad, it’s something that I like to embrace because it does bring back the best of memories.

One of my all time favourite Christmas films is A Christmas Carol – when I was little I loved the message it gave out about Christmas, and as I’ve got older I think I’ve appreciated the importance of it even more – being kind to those around you and spending Christmas with the people that mean the most will always come above how much money everybody has spent and who’s got the latest gadget waiting for them under the tree.

This year, I’ve taken to wondering which of the spirits that visits Scrooge I’d like to visit me too, and I’ve settled on the Ghost of Christmas Past. I would love nothing more than to go back to visit a Christmas before both my Grandparents died and the family fell apart and experience a Christmas all together just one more time. Our horses were still alive too, and Christmases were a delightful mixture of food, laughter, games, presents and spending time with our animals. After we lost my Grandparents, we all sort of went our separate ways at Christmas.

I guess this probably had a lot to do with the inevitable sale of the family home and my aunties both wanting to start doing their own things at Christmas, but I miss them. It’s never quite been the same since. By no means at all, please do not think that we don’t have any contact with the rest of the family though – we do see them all year round, just not at Christmas which for me is the one time of the year the whole family should be together.

It makes me more determined to ensure that when I have a family, at Christmas we will all be together, hopefully both sides of the family, and I’ll be able to give my children amazing Christmases like the ones I remember from when I was little!

Ultimately though, this year will still be wonderful. I may only be spending it with my parents, but we will still make it a very special day full of love and happiness and I can’t wait for Sunday to roll around.

If you could go back and visit any Christmas from your past, which one would you choose? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’ to ensure you don’t miss out on the rest of my blogmas posts!

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