Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas …. Happy Hanukkah … Happy Kwanza… HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

It’s dubbed the most wonderful time of the year and it’s by far my favorite (aside from my birthday). While some people focus on gift giving, gift receiving, I’m thankful to have a family to spend it with.

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. You know how someone can be called the ‘life of the party’? Well my mom was the LIFE of Christmas. Our Christmas tree would be up by Thanksgiving. Our tree could be sitting in the living room for days until Thanksgiving Eve where the Christmas music would be blaring and we’d all help to decorate the tree. Well, we’d have to wait until my mom fluffed it out, but still.

That was the tradition in our house. Once Thanksgiving rolled around, the house would be decked out, inside and out. I remember I went with my dad to get decorations for outside and we found an inflatable grinch that would go in and out of the chimney. That plus the lights on the house and the oversized inflatable snowman made our house one to stop and look at for sure.

The times have surely changed since then, but Christmas is still Christmas, right? It’s more of a ‘kid’ holiday in my opinion. When I have a family of my own I’ll be sure to channel my ‘inner mom’ to make sure that it’s the best for my kids and to share with them the excitement and joy my mom shared with me and my siblings.

I’m spending today with family and anxiously awaiting my game (Steelers vs. Ravens #STEELERNATION). Although I don’t have children, I have 2 nephews that will be sharing all they gifts with me. The older you get, the gifts may become less. Or you could just be in a situation where you cannot afford to give let alone receive. Christmas is more than gifts although it has become a saturated holiday in which people forget the reason… CHRIST!

I’m at a space where I’m happy for anything I receive, but more blessed to have amazing people in my life to keep me grounded and motivated. That alone is a gift in itself. For those that have lost a loved one and this time of year is bittersweet, you’re not alone. Cherish the memories that you have. They last forever.

Enjoy some of my Christmas favorites below. From my family to yours, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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