Not the most original of sentiments, but definitely true at this time of year. Not only have I put up mine and James’ (and Remy’s!) first Christmas Tree together, we have also assembled and decorated both sets of our parents ‘trees AND because the whole airport (including my manager) knows that I am 100% (maybe) a perfectionist, I have been given the honour of trimming and decorating the trees in all three of the Lounges at the Airport.
It is amazing how something as trivial as a Christmas tree and some baubles elicits such a strong, positive emotional response from so many passengers and staff members alike! This afternoon, I was trimming and chopping and dressing our very own, real, pine tree at work and a lovely sense of calm descended upon me.Yes, it is more than likely that I will be working a full 8 hour shift on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (coincidentally James’ Birthday)… but that is OK!
I am lucky to have a place to work, a job that I (most of the time) love, a roof over my head and colleagues that make me smile and make the time at work enjoyable. Yes, there are less than perfect days, weather delays, cancelled flights, disgruntled customers and sometimes I would just like to curl up into a ball and eat lots of chocolate and cry from the stress of it all! Yet, at the end of the day (or night, or shift… ), I am happy to be able to make someone else’s day a little brighter with a smile, a joke, a Christmas Tree or a happy reunion with a long lost friend (or iPad).
I feel that it takes a special kind of person to be able to enjoy speaking and interacting with the general public all day long, on any given day of the year, and I am proud to be one of them!
So this Christmas, when you are tucking into your Turkey, I hope that you all have a lovely time with your nearest and dearest (and be very Merry!) and spare a thought for those that aren’t with their loved ones on Christmas so that you may be! If you aren’t with your family and friends, and are perhaps travelling out somewhere, spare a smile and a joke for the Cabin Crew on your flight. The chances are they feel just wistful and nostalgic as you do. The tone of someone’s whole day can be set by the smallest gesture, a compliment, a hug, a chocolate…or even a smile! It sometimes the littlest things that take up the most space in our minds and hearts!
In writing all of this, I am also happy to be at home, in my country, and with my family (even if I might be going to work) because more often than not, for Christmas, I was away flying for work or travelling. I may be at the airport this year but at least I can return home to my family! If you would like to read some more about my experiences in Aviation with the Holiday period, please see my post Celebrating in the Skies at Cabin Crew Wings. Are you travelling to somewhere or someone special this year? I’d love to hear your story! I came across this quote and thought it was apt for this time of year, travel, and change and of course new beginnings!
Merry and bright days and flights,