AT RANDOM: Have a holly, jolly one

The Santa tracker is tuned in on the tube, last minute gifts are wrapped and tucked under the tree

The Santa tracker is tuned in on the tube, last minute gifts are wrapped and tucked under the tree and the turkey is chilled and ready for its morning pamper and roasty vacation.

That’s right kids, Christmas is here. And it will be gone before you know it. Despite the fact that some of us have spent the last few months preparing (and we still don’t have everything done), the next 48 hours or so will fly by in the blink of an eye. I say 48 for those of us who like to stretch this joyous occasion out over two days.

It’s a lot of work putting on Christmas. Especially if you’re hosting dinner. There’s the tree and all its trimmings, the decorations, lights, gifts, cards, grocery shopping, cleaning, hanging stockings, checking lists and checking lists.

Somewhere in there we usually have a job and other responsibilities to tend to.

So it’s no wonder that we might forget the cranberry sauce, Grandpa Bill’s gift or, if you’re anything like me, sending out Christmas cards. I remembered a few days ago so apologies to those who might not get them until the New Year. Better late than never.

The other victim to the holidays is exercise. Who has time to go for a run or hit the gym in between all these Christmas chores? Despite the fact that now, out of anytime of year, is when we need it most – between the Christmas baking, the parties full of cheer and chocolately treats on every counter. Oh, and we can’t forget how we all overindulge on turkey dinner.

Oh well, that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for, right? Or at least May resolutions, just in time for summer!

These first-world problems are nothing compared to the real struggles some are facing this time of year. So don’t get your tinsel in a tangle if Santa doesn’t bring you what you wished for. Be thankful for what you’ve got.

Whether it’s a refugee fleeing their home in search of safety, or a working family struggling to fill the kids’ stockings, there are much bigger problems out there.

Which is why, considering all the work we put into Christmas, the one thing we can’t forget is to cherish every moment.

Relax with family and friends without letting the ‘little things’ upset or aggravate you. If there is ever a time to let it go, it should be now. Put grievances aside, open your heart and show loved ones that you care. Let your hearts be light and your troubles be out of sight.

Enjoy the magic and wonder of children, play with them and adore them, for there will never be another Christmas with them that age again.

And between the food, gifts, family, friends and cheer, be thankful for all you have, because as we know there are many out there who are without this season.

Besides, Christmas comes but once a year, so even if your heart is as small and cold as the Grinch’s, surely you too can manage to be merry in time for the holidays.

So wherever Christmas finds you this year, make it a holly, jolly one, for goodness sake!