Happy Christmas, loves!!!
As you’re reading this, I’m with my family keeping things low-key while making some wonderful memories. You bet I’ll be soaking up every moment today since I’ll be back at the office for the rest of the week (boooo).
The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year.
From the moment October hits, time seems to fly. But, I know a lot of fun times are coming around the corner too. Birthday celebrations are just one of the many things that take up any extra free time I have until November 1st. And just when I think I’m getting ahead on holiday decorating on top of my Christmas to-dos, bam! The season of love and giving is here.
Next year, I’ve decided to start Christmas mid-October since decorating two weeks before Thanksgiving has failed for a second year in a row, ha! Minus playing Christmas music (in my eyes, it’s a crime to play holiday music before Thanksgiving), my friends and I have decided to be armed and ready way in advance so we can enjoy the holiday season for a longer period of time.
I’m not going to lie.
This Christmas will be the hardest one for me yet.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of my best holiday memories was my family getting together with my best friend’s family. My best friend and I would swap moms to get very last minute things done on the morning of Christmas Eve. And as stressful as it was, it was truly a great memory for me.
When my best friend’s mom passed five years ago, our families took a huge hit. This past Spring, we lost my best friend’s grandma and her best friend, Dorothy. I can definitely say that the holidays won’t be the same anymore now.
And I can certainly admit that I will sorely miss being around them, laughing, playing games, hearing their stories, and all of our Christmas traditions.
The moment I realized this year was going to be difficult was when I went into my notes on my phone to update my gift list. I realized I had to cross off two important people to me. And it hurt so much.
But, I’m going to try my very best to make the most of the holidays this year because it’s what they would’ve wanted. I’m going to try and think up some new traditions in their honor and start that next year.
If you’re in the same boat as my best friend and I are, it’s okay to not feel okay. Just keep moving forward no matter how slow it may be. Our loved ones would want us to and you know it.
And if you need additional support, please listen to my friend, Kim Francis, and her segment she did on the radio called, Coping with Grief During the Holidays. I hope this helps.