Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Holidays

The holidays to me have always been about more than just gifts, it's about the feelings and spirit they evoke.  Don't get me wrong the gifts are fun but time spent with love ones is what I cherish the most.  The good food, the decorations, lights, are wonderful too.

As a child the holidays seemed easier. Yet as we get older it can be difficult getting everyone in the same place for the holidays.

Sometimes the holidays bring stress because it means trying to figure out where to spend them, who to visit on what day or whatever else.

Like this year it was suppose to be my sister's turn to spend it with our family but her husband's mom a few weeks ago announced she wanted everyone at their house because of his brother coming home. (which I understand, but it's our year which she knew, and I feel she could have held her family dinner over the weekend instead)  Stuff like that has happened throughout the years and it bums me out when we all don't get to share it together.

And my man, his family lives in New York, so holidays also have to be arranged with them as well.  We never just get to have a family Christmas of our own because he has to drive to see his family. (I don't even bother going anymore because his mother won't let us bring our little one and what's Christmas or Thanksgiving if she can't be with us to share it)  But again it sucks for him because he spends more time driving then enjoying the actual holiday.

It takes away from the holiday when families have to be apart.  Oh I know it's only one day but sometimes it's hard to get in the holiday spirit. And some how wish there was a way to simply spend those moments all together.  If only the holidays could consist of a few days instead of just one.

So when I came across this post on a friend's facebook page, I thought how perfect.  As sometimes the true meaning of the holidays gets lost amongst the expectations we place on them and the material things.  This simply reminds us what the true holiday spirit is about.  And puts things in perspective a little.

I don't want much for Christmas, I just want the person reading this to be happy.  Family and friends are the fruit cake of life --- some nutty, some sweet, but mix them together and they're mine.  At Christmas you always hear people talking about what they want & bought.  This is what I want: I want people who are sick with no cure to be able to be cured. I want children and pets with no families to be adopted.  I want people who need jobs to be hired.  I want people to never have to worry about food, shelter & heat.   I want everyone to be able to feel happiness and joy.  I want a world in which we respect one another.  I want a world in which people are honest, faithful, loyal, and compassionate.  I want a world free of fear and worry.  I want peace and love for everyone!

May we find a way to be with those we love this holiday season and to remember the real meaning of the holidays. And may we find a way to bring happiness and love to those who may not have family or loved ones to spend the holidays with.  Blessings.

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