Adventures in the Lone Star State

The Joys of Christmas

While traditions may not abound in my family, there are several moments that I have come to appreciate over the years. As I visited my grandmother on Christmas Eve day, I regained my appreciation regarding the fragility of life; so many of us go about our days without too many cares in the world. During this season, we think of presents, shopping, singing carols, etc. Do we spend enough time visiting those in need? Countless elderly and afflicted individuals fill hundreds of hospitals, nursing homes, care centers, etc. hoping for a loved one—or anybody—to stop by and spend a few moments with them. While visiting my grandmother, a lady (stricken with a poor memory) came by. She kept speaking to us as if we were her daughter, Stephanie. She talked about how she carried her nine months in the womb and had toiled to make sure she had a good life. She repeated these words several times as she made her rounds around the hallway. But where was Stephanie? I don’t know. I’m not saying that Stephanie is at fault; maybe she had stopped by earlier that day or some other day. It’s hard to say. But it’s at these times when I see these individuals that I remember to appreciate my family and loved ones even more.

I love that during Christmas I can spend time with my family—much more so than receiving any gifts. While we may purchase a few gifts each year, I can honestly say that this has been one of the least important aspects of Christmas. Having a few days to be with family is so much more rewarding. I especially enjoy going to Laguna Beach every Christmas Day. It’s fun to wake up and do Christmas in the morning, but it’s so much more enjoyable to spend a couple of hours by the beach, enjoying the beautiful, blue skies and sunny 75-degree weather. Today was especially beautiful. Even having seen so many gorgeous days at the beach, I was taken back by how pleasant the weather was. Anyway, I hope that everybody enjoyed their Christmas, no matter how they celebrated it.

December 25th, 2007 at 8:04 pm


4 Responses to “The Joys of Christmas”

  1. Diane Says:

    My mom and I hope you can find it in your heart to do a rainy Christmas every once in a while =D

  2. Fernando Says:

    Of course :) But I’m sure you’ll realize what you’ve been missing out on after you experience the SoCal Christmas.

  3. Diane Says:

    Are you saying your Christmas is better than mine??

  4. Fernando Says:

    I’m not saying anything of the sort.

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