At last it’s December and that means we can talk about Christmas. Are you looking forward to it? What makes Christmas difficult for you?
It’s an odd time of year for many of us. Professionally it seems that many people try to squeeze everything in before the holiday starts. It’s as if time stands still after 24th December, when we all know that the same challenges, albeit without baubles, will be with us again before we know it. Who sets a funding deadline for 20th December? 😉
It’s possible my diary has never been busier as we all plan 2020. It’s important to remind myself of how lucky I am having time to plan the year ahead (and as a business that there is a year ahead!).
Inevitably, in our line of work we’re acutely aware of how personally tough this time of year can be for many people too. Not just other people, but many of us and in your workplace too. True, it’ll be tougher for some than others. Some are losing jobs this month due to the pressures on the high street. Others might not know where they’re going to be living during those weeks or how they’re going to feed their family and keep their home warm over the break.
So whether it’s clearing our desks and trying to squeeze everything in or putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves to spend money we haven’t got, eating and drinking to the point of discomfort, do let’s all be kind to each other above all else. For so many this can be a really tough time of year. For those alone, struggling to make ends meets, feeling family pressures, remembering people they’ve lost, difficult anniversaries and not knowing what 2020 holds – your smiles, words, time and kindness makes a difference.