There is something so much better about the holidays.
Smiles are bigger.
Lights are brighter.
The world appears softer.
People give more.
They touch more.
Colour appears more vibrant.
Dreams are shared.
Wishes become reality.
I find I’m more drawn to those that love life at this time of year. Those that love sharing the good cheer and the merriment of the season.
I have a lot to celebrate this year. I have people around me that care about me and love me. I have people to laugh with, and hold my hand when I cry (and boy have I done a lot of that this year.) I have wonderful memories, and I continue to make more every day. This year I have learned when to let go, and when to say goodbye. And I’ve also learned when to hold on for dear life. I’ve learned that I do have a voice, and I can use it. If I like something, I’ll say it. If I don’t, you may also hear that too but at least I’m being honest with myself and with those around me. The ones that matter don’t care, the ones that do care, don’t matter.
I have had such an up and down roller coaster kind of year, but that isn’t dampening my feelings about the holidays. They are always stressful it’s true, but I’ve done something the past few years to alleviate the stress. I’ve shopped early – got it all out of the way so that I don’t have to think about it. I don’t have to stress about finding the perfect gift in a very short timeline. Instead I go and enjoy the holidays. I sing carols, I marvel at Christmas lights and the rosy red cheeks of a child. I have time to hug people, and show those that I care about how much they mean to me.
There is a magic this season, and I hope that you can take the time to enjoy it because I know I will.