Hello! Hola. It's been a while. First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
I kept waiting for the perfect time to write this. Then I realized there was never going to be a perfect time. And life's too short. So, here I am, writing because I like to write. Not for an audience or with expectations that anyone will even read my work.
No promises that I'll be on a strict posting schedule. School and my other responsibilities come first in this season of life. But from now on, whenever I feel like posting something, I will! Without second guessing myself or doubting my abilities. Because if I can just help one single person smile it will have been worth it.
I've always loved Christmas. The decorations, the food, the musical tunes, time spent with family, gifts under the tree. The general spirit of generosity and kindness. It's truly the most magical time of the year. I couldn't be more grateful for the fact that my family could have somewhat of a normal Christmas this year because that wasn't the case for many people. It was also a reminder of those we have lost, their absence felt by empty chairs at tables. Just like in all things, life goes on.
We put away our decorations, all tucked into boxes in the basement collecting dust until next year. But just because the twinkling lights and candy canes are gone doesn't mean that Christmas is over! We can still be kind and generous toward one another. We can still surprise our loved ones with gifts and treats. We can still experience joy and cheer everyday if we CHOOSE TO. This December in particular I've realized that Christmas never really has to end no matter what the consumer culture tells us. Target displays may shift quickly from season to season, but Christmas is more than those artificial things, it's a feeling. It's a promise fulfilled. A joyful celebration of life! A sign of hope. Jesus' light brought into a world full of darkness. Now more than ever, I am convicted of the truth of God's abundant and sacrificial LOVE. He desires a relationship with each one of us! So much that He sent His only Son to share in our humanity and save us from our sins!
Also - isn't the Nativity just the most beautiful image?? Wowwow the Holy Family is so loving! And it shows how God took the most vulnerable form (a wittle baby) and chose a wonderful couple (Mary and Joseph) to demonstrate the greatest act of love. I found out about this Hamilton-inspired depiction of Jesus' Birth Story from TikTok and it blew me away!!!!!! Literal tears. 10/10 recommend.
I don't want Christmas to be over! And now I realize that it never really ends. Because Jesus wants to bring gentle JOY and PEACE to our hearts everyday! What a gift! Thank you for stopping by this corner of the Internet. You're such a blessing <3