This is my very first Christmas season away from Texas and my extended family. The first time that I will not be participating in all the traditions that have marked this season for me my entire life. But, I will be spending this Christmas with my husband, and we have begun our own set of small traditions that have kept the spirit of the season alive for me.
I won’t say that being away from home for Christmas is not hard. I have been catching myself smiling while thinking of what my family is doing, and tearing up while I watch a favorite holiday movie. But being half way around the world has put what this season is about into perspective for me.
I have always loved
my birthday Christmas season. The lights, the songs, the movies, the traditions, I love it all! It has held a special place in my heart and I now it has taken on new meaning for me.
I have been having a holiday movie marathon with James. All of our favorites! One thing I have noticed through the hours of watching is that there is a similar message in each and every one of these………….
The Christmas season is about showing love to those who mean the most to you, and sharing kindness to strangers. Its about living in a foreign country and still seeing decorations and lights, and being wished a happy holiday by your neighbors. It is your husband taking the time to buy Christmas lights and put them up on a blank wall in your apartment so they look like a Christmas tree.
This is a time for realizing that we are all one people, that our religion is not the only religion, that there are other celebrations taking place at the same time, and that we need to lead by example……an example of love, kindness, tolerance, and acceptance.
I hope that I have made those close to me know just how much I love you and am thankful to have you in my life! To everyone else, I hope that you have a beautiful holiday season no matter what holiday it is that you are celebrating!