White Rabbit,White Rabbit,White Rabbit.

First day of December and I remembered to say my white rabbits 🙂 For those of you that don’t know of the old superstition, saying white rabbit three times on the fist day of every month is meant to bring you good luck. I know it might seem silly but it is a tradition in my house and i’m sticking to it 🙂

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The past few days were full of traditions including watching the Late Late Toy Show and putting up our Christmas decorations. It was a great weekend and I must say #theUPSIDE was getting to share it all with my amazing mother. We sat in our pj’s Friday night, stuffed our faces with chocolate and watched the toy show. For as long as I can remember this has been a tradition in our house. Last year was my first year ever missing it as I was in Australia and my Mom also refused to watch it without me, so it was great to share that experience this year with each other.

This year I thought it was the best ever toy show. Fair play to RTE for organising all the kids to come onto the show and all the celebrities also. TheUPSIDE for me, and probably the whole country, was Ed Sheeran surprising Aimee. Her reaction was epic and I was on the verge of tears. He seems like such a gent and was so friendly to Aimee, even singing with her. It definitely melted my heart and if you have been living under a rock for the last few days you should for sure watch the clip;

On Sunday we decided to put up our Christmas tree and I could not be more excited for it this year. TheUpside is, I have my presents already purchased and now it’s just down to enjoying the festivities. What I have grown to realise in more recent years is to spend more time with my family at Christmas. I think in my teenage years it was all about going out with friends ,and don’t get me wrong I still love that, but I think last year coming home from Australia and getting to spend Christmas with my family was amazing. I will def be doing the same this year. Just enjoying the sopping in the run up to the big day, taking time to have a few drinks with my parents on Christmas Eve, helping to make dinner (and eat it) and then helping to wash up. It is truly a day to be shared with great people and great food. Here are some pics of our house all ‘Christmased out’.

TheUPSIDE to my December and Christmas season will be spending time with loved ones and I would encourage everyone to do the same. It is a very hard time for people who do not have loved ones to share it with so I would also encourage people to call to neighbours or lend a helping hand and volunteer in any way possible this Christmas. Even a quick call to a family member who may have children living in different countries or inviting someone to have Christmas dinner with you and you family might just be #theUPSIDE to someone’s holiday season.

I am a true believer of giving is better than receiving at Christmas. Well, I do love getting presents but I always put so much time into thinking about what to get everyone. I love giving personalised gifts so I think seeing a loved ones face when you give them a present you have put so much effort into, is a great feeling. So put some thought into a loved ones present this year and make it a Magical Christmas.

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I would also encourage you all to share #theUPSIDE of your day with me as I will be running some competitions this week and every week following up to Christmas and will be picking from the best stories. It will get you into practising and thinking what is #theUPSIDE to your days when you feel down. Share with everyone on FB, Instagram & Twitter @thinktheupside or through email at thinktheupside@gmail.com.

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About thinktheupside

TheUPSIDE was set up to help spread awareness of mental health issues and to help people see theUPSIDE in their day. I want as much user generated content as possible to help people see they are not alone in daily struggles. I want to encourage and motivate people to see the positive in their lives and discover their smile again.
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