Tis the season to be jolly... and for many families right now, that translates best as jolly tired. And stretched thin across multiple commitments and deadlines, all the while feeling a bit shell-shocked from the hits of 2021.
And then there’s all that lovely happy-families-enjoying-the-festive-season-together imagery to compare ourselves to, and with energy and inspiration at an all-time low, it can quickly become the season to be beating ourselves up about how un-jolly the vibe is at our place.
But wait, there is still the thrill of hope! The weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn... Sorry, Christmas carols get me every time – but they do prove a good point. Now is a perfect season to hit pause, to take a deep breath, to gather the whānau close, and just be.