Happy Christmas, loves! I love it when British people say this so here I am wishing you a very happy Christmas and the most joyful holiday.
In case you’ve swung by SSD today while waiting for food to cook or for a family member to wake up from their food coma (ha!), today’s post is going to be short! As you’re reading this, I’m with my friends and family today. I cannot believe this holiday season came and went SO fast this year. And with me having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit, it definitely felt like it’s flown by.
I attended the most beautiful Christmas candlelight service yesterday morning and finally got into the festive mood because of it.
If you know me, you know that I just adore this time of the year. It’s my favorite season because there’s just so many people spreading extra love and cheer everywhere.
However, I will say that I’m aware that the holidays aren’t always a great season for some people.
Although this is a happy season for me, there are moments where the holidays bring back memories of loss and sadness. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. While some are missing their loved ones, others are spending their time in a hospital. Whether they’re the one who’s ill or they’re a patient’s family member, the hospital is not a place to spend time at during the holidays.
The holidays will never be the same after losing my best friend’s mom a few months before Christmas in 2014. And if you don’t know the story, my family merged with my best friend’s family on Christmas Eve every year. My bestie and I would swap moms to get very last minute things done otherwise. When I say last minute, I mean the morning of Christmas Eve, haha!
Years ago, my bff and I would be frustrated that we couldn’t get anything done with our moms on the day of. So, we came up with the idea to swap moms and the time frame of getting things done was like night and day, haha! We stuck with it for years. Now that my bestie’s mom is gone, the holidays haven’t been the same. We try to have a great time, but there are moments where we just miss her.
However, I’ve learned to make new memories in her honor.
Recently, I saw this video that just reminded me to be extra, extra, extra thankful to our military men and women who are away from their families. I’m not 100% sure whether this gentleman came home from the military. However, the sheer fact of how much he missed his family reminded me of those who are away from their families. Our men and women are fighting to protect our freedom so we can enjoy moments like this with our loved ones. Please remember them also.
As the holidays can be a rough time for some people, please reach out to someone and let them know you’re thinking of them. You never know who’s hurting behind the scenes. You may not feel a phone call or text will do much. However, taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to reach out does mean something to somebody out there. They’ll forget about their worries even if it’s for a moment in time.
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe holiday and a very Happy Christmas!
May you become best friends with your sweatpants this week and your shopping bags be full of great weekend sale finds from the giftcards and cash you’ve received this holiday season!
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