Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Hope for the Season

I love the holidays - I've been so fortunate to be raised in a family where tradition and love gives me the feeling of joy near Christmas that I have felt since I was a little girl.

The holidays this year has also brought me a little feeling of helplessness.  I feel a weight of sadness for so many I know who are missing people this year and I feel like the season can intensify that grief for them.

A friend of mine since high school was deployed in Afghanistan for less than 10 days and was shot in the head last week.  His wife flew to Germany to be with him leaving their baby with family - and I truly believe he has the strength to survive this.  But to know his family is struggling and separated through the holiday...

The family of my sister's student who was hit and killed by a car earlier this year is celebrating their first Christmas with out their fourteen year old Tom.  He was the light of their life and he wont be there...

I have several people in my life who have lost their mom, dad, or family member in the past years and that seat will be empty at the breakfast table Christmas morning...

I can't help but wish everyone could have the people they love most with them during this time of year.

I feel so abundantly blessed and appreciate the people, family, and friends I have in my life.  I guess as I have gotten older, I have come to cherish and not take for granted the people I am able to make memories with every year.

I don't mean to be a downer about the holidays - it's a beautiful time of year.  It's one of my favorite times of the year and I always look forward to it.  I have loved getting the Christmas cards in the mail this year with pictures.  It's been my favorite thing to look forward to daily.  I also love looking our tree filled with ornaments connecting me to memories of growing up.

I just don't want to forget to think about anyone who may be lonely during a time of year when lonliness seems to hit you the hardest.

This is the season of hope.  If you're lucky like me and get to spend the holidays with the people you love most... squeeze them a little tighter this year - and enjoy.  And if you're missing someone close to you, know that I am thinking of you and sending you a little extra cheer :)

12 comments:

Kimberly said...

This post hit close to home. It will be my first Christmas without my mom. She died sept. 12, It's not easy and honestly can't wait for the holidays to be over and your right HUG your family a bit tighter.

Lori said...

What a sweet sweet post Tracy and I love that your heart is so big. I wish you and TL a very Merry Christmas and the fur babies too! xo

Tiffany said...

Love this, Tracy! I wrote a blog today myself about this being the season of hope, even when you get bad news. I've been praying for a couple of weeks for those who have lost someone this year--such a hard time.

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Leslee said...

Beautiful post Tracy-Girl! It is the holidays and other special events in our lives that seem to make us miss our lost loved ones more. I have to believe that our angles above are with us daily to fill our hearts!

Wishing you and your family a lovely holiday season...

Allison said...

How very sweet! I also hurt for people who feel so sad during holidays because they are missing loved ones. Others, who are fortunate, seem to forget how hard it is for some people. The holidays have a way of rubbing it in your face if you don't have loved ones to share it with.

Bobbi said...

What a beautiful and touching post. I feel so lucky to be with family this time of year.

Please tell your soldier friend that I am thinking about him and he's in my prayers.

Merry Christmas Tracy!

Simone said...

This is such a beautifully written post Tracy, Christmas is a happy time but it's also a time when you can really miss those who aren't there....

Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family xxxx

Katherine Krieg said...

absolutely lovely post! thanks for reminding me how very very lucky i am to have my loved ones with me. happy holidays!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your heartfelt post. I recently moved out of state and haven't met friends yet. I didn't go home to CA for the holidays. When I'm lonely, I start browsing blogs. Thanks for keeping me hopeful during this difficult transition.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I always get so sad when I think of the people who don't have anyone to celebrate the holidays with. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

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