It's the most wonderful time of the year!
The day is finally here and even though I am always a little sad to see it come and go, it is a day filled with love, joy, and so much peace. This time of year can be difficult for many; including myself. It was a year ago this month, that my grandpa passed away. It made for one hectic holiday filled with sorrow and loss. Now, the holidays deliver the anniversary of his death and the heaviness weighing on my heart that he is no longer with us. On top of that, there's gifts to buy, parties to attend, pictures to be taken, songs to sing, and sights to see. It can be a lot and I am sure some of you can relate to the stress and sadness that the holiday's can bring.
This year, as I was sitting in my cozy apartment trying to take all these emotions in, I decided I had to change my perspective. Yes, the holidays can be overwhelming, but it's what you choose to focus on. If I basked in the sorrow of losing my grandpa and let the hustle and bustle stress me out, I would turn into a downright grinch.
This Christmas, I am choosing to focus on the all the joy in my life. I want to sit around the table and reminisce on the wonderful memories of my grandpa, instead of drown in the sadness. I want to laugh with loved ones. Give gifts to the ones I care about and see their eyes sparkle and shine with gratefulness. I want to enjoy good food with people who are close to me. I want to smile. And mean it.
Where ever you are in life, whoever you are spending the holidays with, and whatever trial you are battling, focus on the joy. Jesus woke you up today and gave you another day here on this earth and THAT is the greatest gift of all. I now have a guardian angel looking down on me and I have a responsibility to make him proud. I know, he would want me being present with our family, telling old stories, and living life, every moment to the fullest. When he smiles down on us this Christmas, I hope he feels the love, joy, and peace in our hearts.
Cheers, Grandpa... this one's for you!