One of the reasons there is so much travelling at this time of year is that families are spread so far apart. Apparently in the UK the average distance that grown up children live from their parents is 80 miles, which is a lot of miles of driving to meet up with family members at Christmas. I live about twice that distance from my parents and it seems a long way especially as they get older. I have been thinking about this recently as my mother fell at home and broke her collar bone. She is recovering slowly but there are a lot of things that she can't do with her arm strapped into a sling. I phone regularly and will visit when my husband is back home but it would be good to be able to just pop round and do a few jobs to help out.
In the middle of all the rush and activity particularly at this time of year, I think that it is important to try to make time to sit and be quiet and still for just a few minutes a day. Each afternoon I collect my younger son from the railway station and sit knitting quietly in the car while waiting for his train. Last Thursday there was a beautiful sunset, a perfect time to sit and stare for a few minutes.