One Christmas, when I was about 5, I saw Santa Clause. My sister Candice and I were hiding behind the couch, and we saw Old St. Nick putting presents under the tree. As a child and a teenager, I would barely be able to sleep on Christmas Eve—- waking up when it was still dark the next morning to tear through my presents. Aunts and Uncles were always there to read a book with me or get on the floor and play with me. Laugher continually echoed through the house. I have always loved Christmas.
As an adult now, the Santa spotting is something that I could easily attribute to the ingenuity and creativity of my parents. Similarly, my sleep is far to precious to me for late nights of great expectation. When morning comes, I prefer to sit back and watch everyone else open their gifts before I slowly open mine—-always conscious to be gentle with the wrapping paper even though I never reuse it. The feeling of excitement and joy, however, is something that has never left me. I still love Christmas.
This Holiday season I have already been to 6 parties. I still have a few more to go, and while I enjoy being a “social butterfly” party hopping is not what I need to be happy. My favorite moments, however, all have to do with family. Nothing extravagant but most certainly exceptional—- it truly is the simple things that make this season, and each day worthwhile. As an adult, it is so easy for me to get caught up in the various components of adult life. While important, and often pleasant, it is nice to just take time to be silly and fun. This Christmas I remembered just how much fun playing games can be:
Jumping over rocks as I raft down a river in a video game
Remembering what it means to let go and have fun—-
and enjoying every moment!
The heart of Christmas for me is the unfailing love that exists between family and friends. This year, more than ever, I was able to relax into that feeling. I am so grateful for my family and friends. The ones who are still on this earthly plane provide me with the continual support I need as I try to find my place in the world. The ones who have moved on to dance with the Divine are my special angels, continually whispering, “try it one more time” when the world says “give up”.