The holiday season is officially here and aside from my birthday, it’s my favorite time of year. I love Thanksgiving and of course Christmas. It’s beyond the gifts. Everyone just seems to be nicer and more courteous. Unfortunately, this time of year can be bittersweet.
For me, not having my mom around has been rough. It’s been 8 years without her and I find myself lately bringing up how I feel. This time of year just always gets to me. Thankfully I have an amazing support system, but it doesn’t fill the hole inside. Is that the case for everyone?
My mom always made big deal out of the holidays. THEY WERE HER JAM! I look back at not having any family traditions as a child when indeed we did. The Christmas tree was always up before Thanksgiving. It was a family affair t0 have the music blasting and decorate the tree together. Now that my older sister and I are grown and have homes of our own, it’s still a tradition we stick to. It’s not just a memory of her, in a way it’s a tribute.
Despite the feelings inside, I always find a way to get into the spirit. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, I guess you can include New Years as well, the time flies. Christmas music is already playing, you’ll blink and Christmas will be gone and then hello 2017. How do I push through? How do I not let my emotions keep me in a slump? Keep myself busy!
Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.
I try my best to get out as much as possible during the holiday season. Whether it’s running errands with my grandmother, going to Starbucks to get work done, or just hanging with my friends, the more I’m out the better. I also love creating projects for outreach through my church. Anything crafty keeps my mind elsewhere and not on what I’m missing.
Sitting sometimes lets the emotions sink in which isn’t really helpful at this time. The more active I am, the better and more accomplished I feel.