I recall in my last post writing that Thanksgiving and Christmas are one magical, beautiful holiday season rolled in to one. Although I don’t disagree with that statement– I love this time of year- this year has been one of the hardest ones for me. You see, I have been spending most of it alone.
In the beginning of November, my husband was handed this wonderful work opportunity that just couldn’t be passed up. He was chosen as one of the select few (in a very large company) to support a program out in New York City for two months. New York City during Christmas time! Isn’t that just dreamy? And so off he went. We knew it would be a big sacrifice for both of us, but the pros seemed to outweigh the cons.
While these 2 months apart have certainly been hard, it is manageable. You kind of get in a routine and just figure it out- no sweat! But it can be lonely. It can be exhausting having a two year old and only having a break once she is sound asleep in bed. And at the end of the night, I have a strong appreciation for those mothers that have to do it alone all the time. They are super moms!
This time of year has been so fun at our house in many aspects- our daughter loves our Christmas tree and all the twinkly lights. We love reading Christmas stories and singing “Jingle Bells.” We’ve even tried our hand making chocolates and goodies to deliver to our neighbors. But it is also kind of hilarious all the stuff that has happened since my husband has been gone- the stomach flu, fevers, runny noses, and most recently, I fell down the stairs in my garage and hurt my foot really badly. Now I am wearing a boot for 10 days! Just this morning, my dog starting limping around the house, and I thought, “Seriously, what next?!” I’m in serious count down mode until Friday, when my husband gets to come home for Christmas.
And just when I was in the depths of a little pity party for myself, someone left a beautiful pine wreath on my doorstep. I don’t know who left it, but whoever it was, they had a serious intuition that I needed a little cheering up. I brought it inside, and now my house smells just like Christmastime. I love it! To me, this was a perfect reminder of what Christmas is all about. It is about giving, about sharing goodness and love. This put everything into perspective for me- this attitude of giving and serving others is the reason why I love Christmas the most. And sure, this 2 month business trip has been difficult, but my husband gets to come home for Christmas. And you better believe we are going to pack in all the fun festivities while he is here. I have such a good, simple life.
How do you give this holiday season? What are you doing to brighten someone’s day?
This article was written by Jamie.