The Snowbabies collection - Christmas 2018 is very special. The enchanting figurines not only look exquisite but they remind us of the importance of special relationships. Who do we want to share the good times with? Who do we turn to when times are tough? We look to our good friends and relatives. Those people with whom we share a special bond, the ones we can laugh loudly with, and that provide the all-important shoulder to cry on when we need it most. It’s the dedication of our loved ones that often sees us through. So, this year, let’s celebrate those who mean the most to us.
Whether you have a small group of close pals you can turn to in good times or bad, or a wide circle of friends who provide you with all the interaction you need, never underestimate the power of friendship. A loyal friend keeps you on the right side of sanity. He or she can be your partner when you embark on a new adventure and delight in new discoveries. A good friend will chat nonsense with you when required but will also help you put the world to rights! A great friend should be trustworthy, and honest enough to tell you what they really think (rather than what you want to hear)!
It could be that you have a selection of friends to fulfil different “friendship roles” – we all have our strengths and weaknesses after all. You could have a friend that’s wise and offers great advice, a friend that enjoys a similar hobby and shares your passion and another friend that loves to party with you! Friends can be from all walks of life, so don’t wear blinkers when it comes to friendship - age, sex, location – none matter that much if you really gel with a person.
Strengthen Family Ties
We don’t get to choose our family members, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get along with them and form close bonds. Relationships can be challenging, but it’s good to try and work through issues. Disagreements come as standard when it comes to family life!
Close family members can be your anchors, they give you a sense of purpose and identity, they are there for you no matter what happens. In times of trouble it’s often our family we turn to for advice, and a simple hug can do wonders.
Extended family can be a source of comfort and joy too. You might not see your in-laws, cousins, aunts, and uncles, as much as your closest family but it’s nice to know they are there and have your best interests at heart, as you do theirs. Nowadays families can be complex, half siblings, step parents, or grandparents. It could even be the friends and other people who have become like family to you. There’s really no such thing as a “normal” family. A family is by definition anything you want it to be! But there are certain ingredients required to make a perfect family, these include warmth, love, understanding, and compassion.
Make Time for Those You Love
Perhaps the strongest message we can give is that relationships do not build and maintain themselves. You basically get out what you put in! It’s essential to save quality time for those who are important to you. Make contact often (not just when things aren’t going your way). Talk and listen, take interest, offer help when you can, and accept help, if it’s offered. Try to make time for individuals as well as groups. Far too many of us only get together with relatives to celebrate Christmas, weddings, or when someone has passed away. How about a simple meet up just to see how everyone is doing and to share experiences, stories, and news?
Friendships can sometimes fare no better, with a text or email replacing good old conversation and a face-to-face conversation. Human interaction is much better without a screen between you to cloud genuine emotion and hide the warmth we radiate when meeting up with those we care for. Friends are often described as our chosen family, the ones we are drawn to and form a bond with because we share opinions, interests, and enjoy spending our time together. To sum up, allow us to share a quote with you from US television broadcaster Robin Roberts who eloquently said:
“The best part of life is when your family become your friends and your friends become your family.”
Snowbabies figurines capture these moments we have spent with our loved ones and remind us to take time to celebrate the simple moments of joy and love. That makes these figurines a wonderful token of friendship to give away or to keep where it can cheer us up whenever we see it.