Merry Christmas, everyone!
I’ve been seeing so many sad posts on social media lately, for some reason. There are a lot of folks out there who are going through hard times, who have lost their jobs, or a family member, or who life is just knocking around a little bit.
It made me reflective as I sat down this morning to write my husband our annual “Christmas Letter.”
Our Christmas letter is a tradition. It stems from years ago, back to the first few years we were married. We simply didn’t have the money to buy each other gifts. We were just starting out and trying to build a life and money was so tight. But we had paper and pens, and so in lieu of gifts, we wrote each other a letter… telling each other what we loved about each other, what we were looking forward to, etc. Christmas felt bleak back then, because we didn’t have anything to open on Christmas morning, but we had each other. And that always kept us going.
These days, things have changed. I’ve worked hard to achieve my dreams, and so far, it’s working out for me. We DO have gifts on Christmas morning, but more importantly, we still have each other. And an amazing family. We’ve built a life that we love, and that is more important than any gift under a tree could ever be.
So, I just wanted you to know. If you are having a hard time right now… it will pass. Keep working toward your dreams….keep building your life, keep reaching for the things you want the most. Because trust me, one of these days, you’ll grab that dream. You’ll have it in your hand, and all of the sacrifices along the way will have been worth it.
I leave you with this. We opened up an early Christmas gift here at Casa Cole, and my daughter chose to open up her brother’s gift to her. It was a bracelet that he tooled from leather himself– a handmade gift. The result? A Christmas miracle. A sibling hug.
No matter what your religious affiliation is… I hope this season is beautiful for you. I hope you are able to reflect on the people who matter…. on the things that make you happy.
I hope you have a beautiful Christmas, and that 2015 brings you amazing things!