The holiday season always takes me on an emotional roller coaster.
With my family spread across the country, often we aren’t all able to get together for the holidays. It’s difficult being away from them, to say the least. Then when I think about those that are no longer here to celebrate with us at all, well, the tears take over and I can’t even bake cookies without getting all blubbery.
This year, it’s all hit me just a little harder than before. I even welled up watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! (It’s a tradition with my family to watch it several times a year.)
So, I decided to fight back against the overwhelming ache.
I loaded up my baby sister’s Christmas CD (her beautiful voice and skilled touch on the ivories always makes me smile), I organized some of my favorite Christmas pictures from over the years, and I made a video. For just a little while, seeing the smiling faces of those with me mingled with those I miss lifted my spirits and took me back to the times when we were all able to get together.
I want to share it with you.
I know this is probably the shortest post I’ve ever written, but sometimes, just sometimes, pictures and music can say what my paltry words can’t get across.
I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday season with whoever may be around you to celebrate. Treasure every moment, steal as many hugs and kisses as you can, and never forget the Reason for the season. He is always with us, especially when we feel alone and need Him most.
God bless you all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!