Keen to find out what Christmas means to parents at L’Oréal, Parental Choice asked Cass Coulston, mother of three and General Manager, UK & Ireland, L’Oréal Professionnel what Christmas means to her both at home and at work:
“When I was asked to write about what Christmas means to me, I did not need much convincing. As a team at L’Oréal, we are already planning Christmas delights for our consumers in June, so when December finally arrives and my team are finally able to adorn their Christmas jumpers(!!), it is a great moment to reflect upon the year, celebrating both individual and collective successes. This year, the L’Oréal Professionnel team have much to celebrate, with our strongest growth in more than three years. We will also reflect upon the many learnings too. I am a firm believer that great breakthroughs come only with great learnings. We will then look ahead together to our next ambitions and challenges with great gusto. Before then, it is important that everyone takes some well-deserved time with family and friends.
As a mum of three energetic and high-spirited boys, Jasper, five, Rufus, three and Zander, who has just turned one, Christmas is a magical time. Once the Christmas tree is up, Christmas officially begins. At home the Christmas songs are unrelenting, albeit much to my husband’s dismay. We love the crackers and the carols, the baubles and the fairy lights, the Xmas parties, pantomimes and nativity plays! So love and family are what it is all about; laughing and sharing as much as possible. Magic is the face of my two elder children on Christmas Day when they see that Father Christmas has filled their stockings and Rudolf has nibbled that carrot. Of course Father Christmas has eaten all the mince pies and drunk all the whiskey. A large dose of patience can come into play too. We have three sets of in-laws between my husband and I and it’s amazing how grandchildren can bring families together and closer.
Christmas also reminds me to be grateful for what we as a family have today. Not in the future, but right now. With the fast pace of daily life and future ambitions, it’s easy to forget to enjoy the moment you’re in. Many of us can spend too much time thinking and planning ahead. Whilst important, Christmas offers a time to fully embrace the present.
Then it’s about looking forward and being raring to go in the New Year. Once all of the festivities have calmed down, new goals will be set for the coming year on both a professional and a personal level. As Stephen King wisely said “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will”. ”
Thank you to Cass for her article.