THE Christmas that sticks most in my mind is the one ...

Date: Friday 10th November 2017
Scott Jackson
Scott Jackson

THE Christmas that sticks most in my mind is the one after my dad had died. Bear with me here, it’s not as sad as it sounds.

That year, to get away from things, my mum suggested we spend Christmas abroad so, along with my brother and my grandparents (mum’s side), we trekked off to Spain for the second half of December. This also meant I spent my 13th birthday on a beach, which was nice.

There’s something about trying to cook a full Christmas dinner in a holiday apartment oven that does wonders to take your mind off those who are missing.

A different setting and a different experience was exactly what was needed to make the festive period as happy as possible in a dark year. That, for me, is what is so important about Christmas. It’s a time where a family can come together and celebrate what it still has rather than what it has lost and look forward to what is still to come.

This Christmas highlights what I mean about looking forward. It is our daughter’s second Christmas this year and the beginning of a magical time in a child’s life. My wife and I can’t wait to develop our own family traditions and make the day our own.

I hope you all find as much happiness and goodwill as we are looking forward to this Christmas.

Mayor of Penrith SCOTT JACKSON