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Christmas Collaborations

Illustration by Monty Vern

A Different Christmas

Life With KtKinnes

Ah Christmas. My favourite time of the year! People on the streets are furious with each other because “do these people have no homes??”, traffic everywhere you turn, and everyone gets frustrated at hearing the same tinny music coming from the speakers in the shops. Everyone is angry, or fed up, or stressed and ready to just forget everything and walk away. So why do I love it?

I love Christmas because it’s a reminder that life goes on. No matter how much you hate a certain Christmas song, you still find yourself humming or singing along. It doesn’t matter how much you plan in advance, people who leave their shopping until the last minute continue to do so. The streets are filled with people shopping, spending their hard earned money on the family and friends who are important to them. And most of all, I love Christmas because for me as a blogger, it means Blogmas!

I won’t go into a lot of detail, but this is now the 6th December that I have planned to post daily on my blog. It may sound terrifying to some people, but for me it adds to the excitement of December and the countdown to Christmas. Amongst the Christmas shows, and the shopping, and working (normally) full time, I manage to find the time to sit down to write and share 31 blog posts. It’s exhausting and stressful, but the rewarding feeling when I succeed? That’s what makes it worth it! In a way, that side of it is exactly the same as Christmas in general – all that stress and hassle for one day. And on that one day, you sit back and think “Next year I won’t let it get me as stressed as this year!”. But you do. And you continue to. Because it wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

Illustration by Monty Vern

This year, Christmas will be different for many of us. Around the world, we’re all still fighting that invisible enemy that will go unnamed in this post. Many families are split across multiple houses and locations, ours being one of them. Many elderly people will be alone this Christmas, but that’s no different to any other year. While most years many of us wouldn’t give this a second thought, this year it will be on the minds of many as they think of elderly relatives alone. They’ll think of brothers, sisters, parents, children, aunts, uncles, and friends, with each of us aware of someone unable to travel to be with family over the festive period. This year more than ever, Christmas will be the reminder that life goes on.

As I’m writing this, I remember once learning in school that Polish families would traditionally leave an empty chair at their Christmas table. We were taught it was left empty to commemorate relatives who had died that year. I can’t help but think about the number of households this would affect this year. However, someone recently told me that the empty seat is also left “for God” – it’s to remind us that we should all be ready to accept an unexpected guest and never turn away somebody in need. Given how perfectly it interweaves with saying, ‘a guest at home is God at home’, this tradition is one often associated with religious families. This gives an entirely different concept, and one I would like to hold on to. That through any crisis the world may throw at us, there are many among us who would still do anything and everything to help someone in need.

So while we sit to eat our Christmas dinner this year in our family group of 6, I’ll be thinking of my sister spending her first Christmas away from home. I’ll be remembering family members who aren’t around to celebrate with us. And I’ll be thinking of all those left alone this Christmas. So while travel may be restricted, and mixing of households indoors is not allowed, I will leave a metaphorical chair at my metaphorical Christmas table empty for anyone who is alone or lonely this Christmas.

Please reach out to me, whether through my blog, or on social media. I will always be at the other end of my devices to talk to anyone who would like to.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Notes on the Author

Katie is one of the first bloggers we connected with when we entered the world blogging, back in March 2020. Her huge online presence intrigued us to learn more about the blogger behind Life with KtKinnes. We came to appreciate all the lifestyle tips, and book, product and t.v programme reviews. Life with KtKinnes has a had a huge impact on T.B.C, and she is a blogger that we respect, admire and look up to for professional advice on blogging. Her blog is informative, fun and relatable as she expresses herself in a very honest way.

Katie also runs a blog ReTweet account alongside another brilliant blogger (Jordanne – Ofaglasgowgirl) which has helped us find likeminded bloggers, and allowed us to build a substantial following thus far. Find Katie on Twitter and Instagram sharing information and spreading positivity.

Notes on the Illustrator

All of the illustrations provided throughout Christmas Collaborations are the original, bespoke works of Monty Vern.


12 thoughts on “Post 1

  1. Love this Katie – you’re not only such a hard working writer but you write with such sentiment too. Great choice to kick off the Christmas collaborations! True what you say about this year being different, even if you haven’t lost people, but at least we can celebrate in some form! It’ll be a nice day to reflect too. Great post my love 😊

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  2. Hi Katie🎄 I really was touches by this post because like you said many families aren’t able to get together because what is currently happening in the world. And something new I’ve learned is about leaving an empty seat is amazing! Thank you for this heart to heart post. Thank you T.B.C🎅🏾❤🎄

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  3. What a beautiful sentiment Katie. Our Christmas will always be one short, with boy3 missing. I’m tearing up just thinking about it. But this year we’ll be missing our wider family too and taking time to be grateful that we’re all still here, if not in the room. I think taking time on “the big day” to reflect on who’s missing will help us to relish all the more those who are there with us. Again, beautiful. Xx

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