All right, you guys, just permit me one sentimental moment here, will you? I have something to say. Christmas: it's not the giving, it's not the getting, it's the loving. There, I said it. Now get outta here.
So true Garfield. So true! This holiday season has been going by so fast and I have been feeling like I've been missing it. I've been more stressed about getting the right gift and getting everything done than really enjoying this time of year. It's my favorite time of year too! I love the music, the twinkle lights, even the shopping. The thing I love most about this season though, is the feeling of Christmas. For me it's the feeling of being surrounded by friends and family you love. It's not about the gifts, (though we all love them) its about the loving and letting folks know you care.
I was reminded of that today while I was driving to work. The sunrise was so beautiful and I was thinking about how I could help out a friend who is hurting this Christmas. Sometimes people just need to know they are cared about, loved, and not alone. The holiday are wonderful for so many but for the folks in our lives that are having a rough time this season, the holiday can make things seem worse. It's those folks we need the love the most! Gifts are nice but in this case just telling someone they are not alone and are loved can be the best gift.
I'm so blessed this year in so many ways and I just want to share that feeling with everyone. I want everyone to feel loved and cared about. To know that they are not alone. I was blessed by being born into a big ol' super loving family. We are loud, crazy, and can easily fill up a house when we have a whole family get together. Not to mention all the new family I'm gaining this year! I can't tell you how much I love them all. (friends are family too!) Having all this makes it easy to forget that not everyone does. Not everyone wakes up Christmas morning with folks who love them around. Not everyone has the chance to drive around like crazy to try to hit all the house of folks they love in one day. Not everyone has someone holding their hand beside them doing it all with them. If I could give those folks who don't have this just a smidgen of that feeling of belonging and being cared about, I would and will. That's what I came to realize on my drive to work this morning. My cup filleth over and if I can help someone who's cup might be a little low right now then I'm going to try. Even if it's just by giving them a hug and a shoulder to lean on.
Blessed. It's the loving. That's what I love most about the holidays. It feels like every ones hearts are just a bit more open than normal. (potentially wine or eggnog induced!) It's beautiful and I wish we could keep that feeling going all year long. Send some love and let some folks know you care. Especially the ones who are struggling. All my love to you over the holidays! Now go get some eggnog!
And if you haven't sent the Garfield Christmas special check it out here.
It's glorious! (even more so with eggnog!)