“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
— John 1:4-5
I choked back the tears a little during Christmas lunch today while saying grace. Being my second Christmas ever away from my family in Melbourne, I thought of my partner’s parents currently in Bangkok, my siblings who now live in New York, parents at home in Melbourne and couldn’t get the words out.
So my sticky date pudding had an especially briney taste to it this afternoon but nonetheless, I am so grateful for everything we’ve experienced together as a family this year. Weddings, new jobs, you name it, it’s been huge year of change. The only constant is love and the commitment we have toward each other. And the best thing, as I always remind my mother, is that we don’t always need to be near each other to know how deep our love is. You can live right around the corner from a family member but feel absolutely nothing for them. For me today especially that it’s Christmas, I’m just so thankful I have an incredible family. And that’s the biggest blessing in itself.
Unlike other Christmases, this one was spent having a quiet cup of tea on the balcony to start the day. We might be slow to respond to emails over the next few days as we’re taking time to regroup, get grounded and look ahead to 2015 but the store is still open nonetheless.
We hope you had an equally special time with your loved ones this holiday season. Hold them tight and tell them how much they mean to you. x