Friday, December 25, 2015

A very, merry Christmas

This morning was the first of all my Christmas mornings that I didn't wake up at my parent's home in my childhood room. I didn't pretend like I was still sleeping while my older sister peeked her head through my door at 7:30 am. I didn't run downstairs with my sisters to drink a big cup of coffee and open gifts.

This morning, I woke up in JR and my apartment downtown. It was different...but it was so nice. I have to admit, I was really sad to find out my parents were going to fly to Charleston on Christmas Day this year. To add insult to injury, my older sister decided to stay down in South Carolina for the holiday. I childishly complained to my mom and she simply replied, "Ab, this is good. You are all settling into your own lives, and Christmas will change a bit. But it's good."

You see, in my mind, Christmas was supposed to be about tradition and keeping habit and not stirring the pot. But today, after a wonderful Christmas with the man I love and our little pup, I realized that Christmas isn't all about the traditions and habits and making sure things stay the same. It's about celebrating the love and peace in life, no matter what stage your life is in. It's about taking time to be present in the moment and relishing the time with the people you love. And at the end of the day, it really doesn't matter if that time is spent together on the 24th or the 25th.

We had a great time with JR's mom and family yesterday morning, and with my mom, dad, and younger sister yesterday evening. JR and I woke up and started our very own Christmas traditions at our place this morning, then got to see his dad's side of the family all day today. And as I sit here and try to put into words how full my heart is, I realize that we are so lucky to have so many loving, caring, wonderful family members in our lives. And that the time that we spend together - no matter when it is - is the real gift and the real blessing this season. Christmas celebrates faith and love and peace and joy -- and although this Christmas was so different from my past 29, it has been one that is the most full of appreciation and all of those wonderful feelings.

I wish you faith and love and peace and joy during these last few hours of Christmas Day, and in all the coming days that 2016 will bring.

Merry Christmas.


wearing // scarf: Simply Kelsey Boutique

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