The Gift Exchange On Christmas

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The Exchange

“What were you all talking about?” I asked while trying my best to keep my voice low so as not to wake dad who was already asleep like a log.

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What I Learnt on Christmas Eve

That night, we left no stone unturned. Nothing was off limits. Again, this felt strange to me because I’ve never sat amongst my elders and be heard; like I was one of them.

I think it was cathartic for me as much as it was for them.

Had my problems been solved? Will I never worry again? Of course not. But I now know that I’m officially a member of this non-exclusive club of worrywarts, a group that not only supports each other but also provides solutions when needed.

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1. Be aware of your worries

2. Realise that your worries do you no good

3. Focus on what you CAN do instead of what you could have done or what you cannot control (like the weather, for instance)

4. Be kind to yourself and seek help when you need it

5. Be kind to others and actively help those in need

Bringing It All Together

You see, despite my family being Catholics, we have never really celebrated Christmas i.e. putting up Christmas trees, getting presents for everyone or even sitting down for any meal together, let alone a turkey dinner. But that night, the exchange of stories and experiences was the best Christmas gift for me and I dare say, for mum and Aunt Jenny as well.

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