Sunday, December 24, 2017
But the overriding expectation is to be joyful--fa la la la la! There are parties! There are pretty, shiny lights and baubles!
And when you have young kids, they are SO EXCITED! This part is incredibly exhausting, and extremely fun.
But for many, even the joyful among us, the holidays are accompanied by private sadness and ache. You set the table and are aware of who you're not setting a place at the table for this year.
It's OK to be sad. It's an intense time and season.
This is my funniest Christmas memory. Christmas was always rough for my dad, and he didn't smile a whole lot, much less belly laugh at this time of year.
I cannot imagine why I bought my mom those terrible gold tights, which she never wore, but I am sure glad I did.
If you are struggling, know that you are not alone. You are never alone. If you need someone to reach out to, I am here. My email is in the side bar.
Big love and hugs to all of you.