I said I wasn’t going to do one of these. Everyone is busy with the holidays; prepping, celebrating, etc… at least for those that celebrate Christmas. However, I got to thinking about something on Christmas Eve and decided to go ahead.
For 364 days of the year, our family… god love them… drives us all nuts. Disagreements, personality differences, resents, and whatever else all play a role in our lives for those days.
However, for those of us who celebrate a holiday, whether it’s Christmas or some other religious or non-religious festival, there is one magical day. A day when we roll our eyes instead of screaming at each other. A day when we just ignore the petty differences and try to get along. For some this is easier than others… I’m a great example.
Most of the year, I have no desire to see, listen or speak to my sister. But on Christmas, I feel the need to put aside our differences, our feuds, and our intolerance of one another and get along. It isn’t always easy and the day after, I will be cranky about it, but for that one magical day… I can live with her, love her as a sister should, and roll my eyes instead of shouting at her when she is getting under my skin. The day after, I’ll be pissed and I’ll have new reasons to be angry, but today, those won’t matter.
Of course, because I’m me, I write these words with a migraine because I have stressed myself into the predicament, but hey, shit happens and I have an anxiety disorder and the holidays are a special sort of stress. I do the same thing at Thanksgiving.
My parents raised me to believe that nothing is more important than family. I try to live this every day and fail miserably every day. But as I go into this Christmas morning, I know that I will open my heart and I will love and I will celebrate and I will be grateful not just for the presents and the food, but for the presence of my family.
So, I leave you with this… If you cannot love your family any other day of the year, open yourself up to the possibility of a little holiday magic and remember to be grateful for them and love them unconditionally for at least one day. I hope everyone has a magical holiday.