When the excitement of Christmas Day is over, we all start to think about the coming New Year and what it will hold for us. Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions – we hope to improve ourselves in some way and be the person we really want to be by starting afresh on January the first.
Some of us have high expectations for ourselves and dream that in a year’s time, we can be in a new job, a new home – perhaps with a new partner and a child. Others are more modest in their ambitions; simply trying to remember the names of people they meet, or seeing family more.
Christmas and New Year are times when family come to the forefront of our thinking. We make the effort to send cards and gifts to relatives we haven’t managed to get in touch with over the last eleven months and three weeks. We contact our cousins and aunts and uncles all over the world by Facebook or Skype or email. Christmas is a time when we feel we want to belong to a family because Christmas is a time for families.
Being part of a family has great opportunities for support and advice as we grow – as well as times shared having fun with those who know us best. Of course, being part of a family also brings responsibility – especially as you become an older member of the family and younger dependent ones are born.
So when Christmas and the New Year approach and you are thinking of your family, will your New Year’s Resolution simply be to remember to write 2014 instead of 2013 as the date? Or will it be a harder goal to achieve, such as actually going to the gym twice a week rather than just paying the membership as I do? An easy resolution to keep is one which makes sure your family knows you thought about them – and not just on Christmas Day; make a Will.
In “A Christmas Carol”, Marley made a Will to leave Scrooge his estate, because he knew that, like him, his friend loved money. If you love your family more than Scrooge and Marley loved their money, make this the year you make your Will.
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