I feel this strange urge to write some sort of Christmas message as I sit here on Christmas Eve watching Monkey Magic of all things… I don’t know that I have any great wisdom to offer, except perhaps the recent realisation that making things for others can be quite a wonderful rewarding thing to do.

Whether it’s making gingerbread cookies
Gingerbread Cookies on The Rack
Iced Gingerbread Cookies

Or preparing a roast Turkey for your family (something I certainly hadn’t done before) with Nigella’s butter and maple syrup glaze
Roast Turkey

Or just giving someone you love something you made with your own hands…
Art As Gift: Framed Watercolour Painting

It seems counter-intuitive but you receive things (albeit sometimes intangible things) by giving. You receive pleasure by giving pleasure, you gain connection through giving of yourself. So this holiday season I invite you to give something of yourself to someone else and see what happens.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Joyous Kwanzaa… or even just a Happy December.

2 comments… add one
  • I agree absolutely. Even though we are pretty much complete strangers, you’ve given me a lot of joy this year with your art work in particular, but also with being a cool supportive person on the internet. We all know the internet is full of trolls and people who can’t be bothered to censor themselves for the sake of saving someone else a little bit of grief, but I appreciate that you don’t follow that trend. You have always been kind and sweet and a spot of inspiration. Great job in 2010, John, and I hope you have an awesome 2011.

  • Happy Hols to you, too! The turkey looks Nigella delicious. And I quite agree with the idea that giving feels at least as good as getting. Maybe better.

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