Fionnuala’s Festive Fun

Friday January 10th 2014

I can’t believe Christmas is over already. It seems like just last week that I was packing the car for my last week at Uni!

I was very relaxed about Christmas this year compared to any other… Another word would be disorganized! But I quite enjoyed the last minute buzz and loved the family shopping trip to foyleside on Christmas Eve. My daddy made sure we were there before the shops had their shutters up! But no matter how much or little preparation you do, everything always falls into place. I always get the Christmas feeling on Christmas Eve. Whether it’s the people you meet, midnight mass or just having the family together, it truly is the season to be jolly.

The highlight of my Christmas though, was the news that my brother Patrick got engaged! It made a cause for extra celebrations! I also have an engagement party to look forward to after my January exams! Any excuse for a party!

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The New Year will soon be upon us and all those resolutions that I end up breaking! Eat healthily. Get fit.  It’s the same list every year. But after eating my body weight in turkey dinners, treats and desserts I think it’s time to get the running trainers back on.

December also brought my school prize giving where I got back to Loreto for one last time. It was a great opportunity to catch up with old school friends and teachers too. We had the honor of having Richard Moore as the guest speaker and it really was an inspiring message he had for us all. He spoke about forgiveness and the power of prayer in his life. The quote that struck me most was, ‘just because I’m blind, doesn’t mean I don’t have a vision’. He hasn’t let his blindness stop him doing what he wanted to do in his life. He has learnt to play the guitar and founded the charity “Children In Crossfire”. This charity has projects in Africa, Asia and South America focusing on issues affecting children e.g. providing access to clean water, food, health and education. You would have heard a pin drop in the assembly hall- his message really struck a chord with everyone.

The festive season is a time when students want to relax and unwind, but with exams fast approaching, there is no time to waste. I am lucky to have got two exams completed before Christmas and now I only have two remaining. I am trying to make each day count by chipping away at the workload and cramming what I can- inbewteen relatives visiting for tea parties!

As a member of the Faith team, in the Michaela Girls Summer Camp in Tyrone, we had a coffee morning to catch up after Christmas. It was great to see everyone again and preparations for the July camp are well under way. You always come away with a smile on your face when meeting the MF friends. Not only do I have the camp to look forward to this summer, but Meabh Carlin, an inspiring member of the faith team, is helping to organise a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. I am definitely hoping to be a part of the lucky group that goes. It would be a holiday full of sun, fun and faith. It’s time to get my money box at the ready!!

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