Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light. From now on, our troubles will be out of sight.
I can hear Frank Sinatra crooning Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and my heart simultaneously fills with sadness and gladness. I feel full of joy that my main unit is all together. My husband, my girl, and me- we’re together. But oh, how I am homesick with the nostalgia of Christmases past. I long for one holiday where we might whisk off to Grandma and Grandpa’s houses, full up on home cooked goodies and cousins’ giggles filling rooms ground to ceiling.
This is not the year for it. I’m not sure when the next year will be that we have it- if ever. We’ve somehow grown equally content being with our temporary family over the holidays. That is where my sadness gets overpowered with gratitude. I’m grateful that I’ve now accepted our military life- and the rolling tides of change.
There is now a strange tug in my heartstrings that is a budding realization that even over the holidays- home is where we make it.
As a military family, we have had some of the finest Christmases with whoever gathers around our table, in whatever strange place in the world we presently call home. On this one sacred holiday, differences are set aside, and each family rallies to make the most of a time where many of us miss our blood relatives.
We set about creating a special and unique holiday. Memories are formed and we work at making the walls around us full up on cheer.
Christmases in foreign countries have taught me that life is worth celebrating, and that it can be celebrated with whomever is close to you in that time.
Through the Years we all will be together, if the fates allow.
My Christmas Wish to You, dear readers is that you are enjoying where you are at and who you are with. I wish you acceptance, that no matter where you are you are able to make the best of it.
I wish that you are gentle with yourself. If this season means more rest than frantic work, lean into that rest. Get cozy because you can, and take Christmas in with a melting slowness, not on hyper speed.
If you or someone you know is missing one of their key people at the table this holiday, may we wish ourselves kindness and bravery to reach out to them. We are praying for you family if you are one that must know a deployment at this special time of year.
Most of all this Christmas, I wish you to be surrounded by people that you love, and who also love you.