Christmas, anyone?

It's that time of year again. In a few days children everywhere will be tearing open gifts, families will be getting together and a lot of food will be eaten. It's Christmas again. For me, Christmas carries many fond memories from being a child and the anticipation of Christmas morning. I remember how hard it was to fall asleep on Christmas eve and all of the excitement the next day. And as a parent, I have many fond memories of watching my children do the same. But they aren't all fond memories. For me, Christmas is really a mixed bag. Many difficult things have happened this time of year as well and sometimes it is struggle to just remember the positive things.

It seems that for a lot of people, this time of year is difficult. Maybe they are grieving a loved one or their family lives far away. They just want to "get the day over with" and move on with their lives. So in the spirit of giving this season, think about those you know. Think about those who have just moved to a new city or have lost someone in years past that may need somewhere to go for Christmas. If you don't know of anyone, visit a local nursing home and ask who doesn't receive visitors and pay them a visit. Doing a small thing can mean the world to someone else. And if you can't do these things, love those around you. Hug them extra tight. And make the memories that will last a lifetime.