Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Dusting off my Christmas jumper tomorrow...

Yet again it's more than two weeks and I haven't updated this thing but that's because life has been so busy recently.

Ydych chi'n barod ar gyfer y Nadolig? (that's Welsh for "Are you ready for Christmas?"). I cannot believe that in a weeks time it will be Christmas Day.  One minute it was the 1 December and I was celebrating my birthday and the next we're a week from Christmas and all the days seem to have blurred into one.

I love this time of year and enjoy the run up to Christmas.  I am a very lucky girl and I am privileged to have not just two wonderful parents but four amazing parents (My Mum, Dad, Step Mum and Step Dad) who have given me the opportunities to achieve my potential and encouraged me to be the best I can by working hard to achieve what I want in life. As regular readers of my blog will know I am an only child to my parents but through my parents second marriages I have two great step brothers and a foster brother and sister who I feel so lucky to have in my life and they mean the world to me.  This time of year definitely reminds me about everything I have to be thankful for and gives me a gentle reminder of the job that I do and how some children and their families struggle especially at this time of year. 

So today at work was pretty fun because lots of toys arrived at the office for the children we work with.  I work with children and their families for a number of reasons, some that are horrific and some where they are in need of support, advice and generally need encouragement that they can make positive changes in their lives. So, for me, the best part of my job throughout this period is visiting the children and being able to give them a gift from me to wish them a Merry Christmas.  I usually wear a Christmas jumper to deliver my gifts because the children love the attention and all the fuss they get from me. It makes them smile seeing me dressed in the spirit of Christmas and making my visits to their home, fun, so I'll be dusting off my Christmas jumper tomorrow haha.  I spent some of my afternoon at work working my way through all the gifts for the children I work with, working out which gift would be the most appropriate for which child.  I got to one toy for a 2 year old which sang the ABC so I was playing with that and singing away to it (that counts as work right??? haha).

I am working on Christmas Eve and again that will involve the Christmas jumper and doing the nice part of my job...delivering food hampers to families that we work with to help, even in the smallest way, to relieve the stress and expense of Christmas.  Other than doing the festive things at work I can't imagine there will be much work going on in the office and I have a feeling it will be full of general silliness (something me and my friends at work excel at)

Today I heard the most heartbreaking story at work about one of the girls I work with asking her Foster Carers if Father Christmas (Santa Claus) knew their name because when she lived with her parents they told her that Father Christmas didn't know their names and so didn't know her name or her siblings names and therefore didn't stop by their house to leave her a present. The little girl asked again if Father Christmas knew her name and the Carer reassured her that Father Christmas knew all of the children's name in their house and he would definitely be stopping at their house and leaving a present...I cried when I heard that completely broke my heart.

Speaking of heart breaking, today I read the sentencing transcript from a Court Case involving a famous singer in a band and the sexual abuse of both male and female children including babies.  Reading the things that these defenseless children were subjected to is beyond horrific and disgusting. I have dealt with some awful abuse cases at work but this is worse than I have ever dealt with and it is sickening to know that this person was able to abuse the power that he had over the woman who offered their children to him.  As you all know I am a proud Welsh girl and I am ashamed to say that this person is Welsh and he is an absolute disgrace and with the greatest of respect I hope this "man" rots in prison during his 35 year sentence.

Anyway on a much better note it is just 7 more sleeps until Father Christmas visits...the question is...

...will he be visiting me and dropping off gifts for me...have I been naughty or nice this year??? haha

The best Christmas song...

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