Christmas was so many things growing up:
- The time you counted down the days for the minute you got back from summer vacation
- The time you didn’t understand why your family had to make all the fish on Christmas Eve
- The time you couldn’t wait to fall asleep to wake up to Christmas morning and all the presents you were hopefully lucky to have under your tree
- The time you rushed to finish up the semester to get home to see your friends
- The time when everyone would be together and no matter how long it had been since you’ve seen each other, it still felt like yesterday.
Those days are long in the past now with people having passed on, moved away, kicked out, and new family, new traditions, new locations – a seemingly new life even – having taken their place (never replaced, though). And that’s okay because we are ever-changing, ever a work-in-progress. As Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan write in Watch Us Rise – a MUST-READ if you haven’t read it already (and yes, I’m taking this quote out of context, but it’s still applicable):
Knowing that change is natural and change is healthy, I give you three past holiday-inspired blogs all built around the theme of change.
May your holidays be restful and plentiful and may they be with the people whom you want to spend time – because this life is too short to waste it with the people who don’t matter: