All I want for Christmas is compassion

First of all I want to thank you for a wonderful year. I have had so many up and downs that I can't even count them. But you, my beautiful clients and friends, have been amazing. And I am so happy that I got to know you. I have made new friends. And I have grown so much, both in my photography and in becoming the woman I want to be. But, I will write an entire blog post about that later.

Rebecca-Hansson-wedding-photographer-SwedenBut now I will write a bit about Christmas. I am a Christmas lover, I start way to early with Christmas decorations (not much tho I am still a minimalist) and listening to Christmas music. I want every smell to be there and all the candles I can find. The path leading up to Christmas eve is actually my favorite, Christmas eve don't give me all that much actually. It is fun and all but not my favourite.

Previous years I have hated Christmas eve actually, because me and Crille have never celebrated together and on Christmas I want to be with the ones I love. And he has left a huge part of me missing. But this year he will sit there beside me and I can't tell you how overjoyed I am about that. And I will also leave the celebrations early this year to go home and sing in church with the choir. And I am so happy about that, they are kind of my other family. So: JEY!

Elopement photographer Rebecca Hansson RigaYeah Yeah, enough about me.

What I wanted to talk about is helping others on Christmas. There are so many out there who is struggling, especially around this time of year. When all we fortunate ones are running around throwing money and buying way to much of everything, food, gifts, clothes. There are people out there who has nothing. When we are complaining about that it is hard to know who to celebrate with this year, because too many people want to meet you. There are people who are completely alone.

Writing that last line makes me cry.

But it is the truth, there are people who are totally alone.

So if you have the possibility to bring someone in to your home that you know are alone, if you can donate, if you can in anyway help people. Please do. And if you can't do any of that (because I do know that we all struggle with something and I am not sittning on a high horse here and think that I am better than anyone) just remember that you
A R E  B L E S S E D.

Because we are, all of us that has someone who loves us, that have a roof over our heads, that hasn't had to escape from our country, that can eat every single day and have a bed to sleep in. We are blessed. Every day I wake up grateful, because I choose to see what I have and not what I don't have. And in respect for all the others. I can whine, oh how I can whine about things I don't have in my life. I am human. But I always give myself that reality check after a while. I am blessed.

And I know it can feel like we have nothing to give, but many things are for free. Opening up a home, a hug or a hello. It is all for free.

M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S  T O  Y O U,

I think you are beautiful and I am wishing you love and happiness. <3


(Both pictures were taken in Riga, Latvia)