There is something to be said
about the magic of the season.
No question about the anticipation,
the beauty of Christmas lights
glowing so brightly
throughout the world.
A fresh covering of white snow,
weighing down tree branches
as far as the eye can see.
That sense of amazement in a young child’s eyes
when that certain gift under the tree
is placed in front of them.
Even the hustle and bustle
of shopping in crowded malls
to slowly cross off gifts
on that famous list
is a huge part of what the holiday season
is all about.
Let us not forget
the emotion attached to
every Christmas carol we hear
from Oh Holy night
to I’ll be home for Christmas
that can bring shivers to our soul.
So now that I have described almost exactly
what this time of year brings
to so many of us,
there is also one more thing
that is also a big part
of what we have to endure.
Those who are NOT standing among us.
Whether God took them
within the year,
or previous ones,
their absence becomes a large part of our heart.
Of course it’s about missing them,
wishing they could be sitting at the dinner table
sharing one last meal.
Hearing that laughter one more time
while opening gifts
or just gathered at the kitchen table
among family and friends
feeling a sense of comfort and togetherness.
Not to say that any other time of year
has less meaning,
but Christmas is and has
always been about
peace on earth.
Showing kindness and love.
Time spent with family and friends
but most of all
So it only stands to reason
why our hearts carry a bit more weight
in the weeks leading to the big day.
Reminders of their time on this earth
around every turn.
As busy as we all may get,
and without fail,
our minds will wander off
to our very own special moments
from time to time.
a moment that only you shared with them
or maybe just their smile
that has never left you.
Regardless of what you carry with you,
it is never easy.
Of course through the years,
and only in time
does the ache in your heart subside
but as every season approaches,
that emptiness really never disappears.
Not to say there is any good news about our loved ones
who are not with us
to share another year of celebration,
but if you stop and think about it,
what they have left us
is a reminder of how much appreciation
we should have
right here and right now.
In no way do I make light of the hurt in anyone’s heart,
or that I have the answers to any of this.
We all have our own ways to push through
the hard moments,
but I would hope that maybe this year,
if or when that special someone
does comes to mind,
that you imagine them smiling at you,
and urging you to take a good look
at who is among you this holiday season
and how fortunate and blessed you are
to have this time together.
if given one chance
would tell us to treasure these moments.
but most of all,
tell us that the magic we feel
could be them
standing alongside us
this holiday season
and still being apart of it all.
another word for gift
I wish you all Peace and Love!
A very Merry Christmas from my family to yours.
~God Bless everybody~