Who exactly are you “so blessed” by?

It seems to be the in thing these days to pronounce that you are “so blessed” every time you have a great day, hang out with lovely friends, realise that your spouse/child/cat is really quite wonderful, etc. etc.

I see this all. the. time in my social media feeds. The funny thing is that other than my very charismastic Christian contacts, most people counting their blessings are not religious at all – some even verging on atheism.

So I wonder, who exactly do they think is blessing them? ‘The Universe’? Or is it just a cliche that everyone’s using?

To me, as ‘blessing’ is very much associated with religion – you’re typically blessed by God, Jesus, Mohammed, clerics, or any multitude of gods, depending on your religious leanings. I am genuinely curious about this… would love to hear from anyone who this applies to.

If you are not religious, do you say this and if so, who do you think is blessing you?

Merry Christmas!

I’ve finally finished my Christmas shopping and have even wrapped everything already (*smug smile*). My clients have all received hand-written Christmas cards from me thanking them for their business this year. And today I’ll spend some time replying to holiday letters from family and friends around the world.

As a copywriter, I’m always trying to come up with creative ways to wish people well over the holidays.

First, do you stick to the neutral ‘happy holidays’ version, or make it about Christmas? For me, it IS a religious holiday and I celebrate its true meaning. I’m pretty sure my non-Christian friends don’t mind me wishing them a happy Christmas, because after all, the celebration is one of joy and love. And I reckon my non-Christian friends wouldn’t mind being wished a happy Christmas – firstly because it’s usually said with a good intention (as opposed to an evangelical one) and secondly, because those who are non-practicing celebrate Christmas in a secular way anyway.

Second, I love the old-fashioned terminology around Christmas. Words like tidings, joy, merry and greetings. It conjures up a time where family and friends really were the focus, rather than the materialistic side of Christmas.

So here’s my wish to all the readers of this blog: May your Christmas be filled with love, laughter, joy and merriment as you spend time with your loved ones. And may you escape the mayhem of the malls and instead find a place where the peace and magic of the season fill your heart and remain there in the year to come.

Merry Christmas. xx