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Tis the season

As Christmas approaches, new rules have been introduced in the UK as to how we can meet up with family and friends. Tis all a tad confusing, especially as tiers have also been announced, which will remain in effect until reviewed on 16 December. We’re all trying to get our head around this information and already today, I have had confusing conversations with grandparents in my family as to who will be in which bubble and whether we can see each other or not.

Social media is awash with people commenting on the announcements – many questioning how much sense this all makes. Many of the comments might be fuelled by frustration, disappointment and sadness which is completely understandable. We have had thoughts on what our plans in this family could be, but they’re probably going to need to change which I know my children will find upsetting because it means not seeing much-loved members...

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Why an attitude of gratitude will help you to be more open to opportunity and the good things in life

Don’t let gratitude be a platitude

It’s happened! I heard a Christmas song being played in my village shop today! (It’s not even December – surely, it’s still too early?!). 

Already, my children are producing ‘the list’. Depending on their age, it’s either being given directly to me or my husband, or it’s being put in an envelope addressed to Santa. I have to be quick off the mark and make sure I see the contents before it wings its way to the North Pole, otherwise, if I don’t see that list – there’ll be questions as to why Santa didn’t fulfil this year’s wishes and as a parent, you may well know how tricky that conversation is… 

I’m being asked by my parents and in-laws what I’d like for Christmas (why is everyone so much more prepared than me this Christmas?! It comes but once a year, it’s the same date each time and yet it always seems to catch me out…!)...

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