I remember the days of Christmas past. They were wonderful, filled with love, family football games, over indulging and lots of holiday cheer. Last minute Christmas shopping, and hustling and bustling to get everything done was a must. Every year we would get a family porch picture of everyone all together standing on my Mother’s front porch. My Mother, Father, brother’s, my sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends joined in. Every year it would be such fun to look at our porch picture and remember how wonderful that special moment was. There were probably around 20 family members and friends posing for the annual photo op. This year I was lucky enough to get a porch picture at my new house with my three wonderful sons. For that, I am thankful.
Now as time rushes by things have changed. Some of my family live in another country, and some have crossed over into eternity. So Christmas is an emotional time of year for me as it is for many. It will never be like it was in my youth. It’s hard knowing that those memories are just that, sweet memories. Now I must forge new beginnings with joy. It’s not always easy, but it’s up to me to find the best in every single day, not just Christmas day.
This year it is not possible for me to be with my three sons all together for Christmas day. We will all be in three different states. I decided the best thing to do was to celebrate a week early. On Tuesday night my boys ventured from Maryland to Pennsylvania so we could share a Christmas meal together. It was truly wonderful to see them. I love each of them with all my heart. I am so lucky and blessed in so many ways for every single thing I have.
As time marches on my husband and I must start new traditions. This year will be different than all the rest as I live in a new house, in a new state, Pennsylvania. But the main thing is we count our blessings for every day we are here on earth. I have so much to be grateful for. That is what I will focus on.
And for my loved ones who are no longer with me, I know that they are up there waiting in heaven. I know I will see them again and when I do there will be great rejoicing. There are things in this life that are not visible to the eye, but yet my heart knows without a doubt, they are real.
I wish you all a Christmas, a holiday, filled with gratitude, love, laughter, and new magical memories.