December 24, 2019
I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! I know tomorrow is a big day for many of you, and I’m glad you’re able to spend it with those you love and care about. I arrived a couple of days ago at my Dad’s house and am seeing some family I haven’t seen in over 5 years. It’s great to be able to finally visit with them.
Even though it’s only 450 miles between here and there, I make every excuse not to go. I’m not exactly sure why. I know it’s not a short drive, but it’s not that long of a drive either. And if I planned enough in advance, I’d take a plane and just rent a car while I’m there. But I bought my car specifically so I could take road trips in it, so there’s that.
One of the important things we remember each year is those less fortunate than us. Sometimes we only focus on ourselves, and I’m guilty of that as well, but there are many people who don’t have family, don’t have our fancy electronics, or don’t even have a roof over their heads.
I encourage you to look out for your fellow man today. Perhaps you notice someone begging on the corner of a busy intersection. $20 from us may be a fortune to them. Or a bit of food could be the difference between going hungry and feeling full on a special, but cold day. I’m going to do my best to help others, and I hope that you do too!
Even if you’re not in a position to help financially, there’s many things we can do, such as visiting the elderly in nursing homes who don’t otherwise have any visitors. Or maybe it’s helping your neighbor bring in their groceries. Or maybe it’s just telling your children that you love them. This season isn’t about us, but everyone around us who forms our world.
I don’t want this to come across as preachy; I just want us all to take a moment during the festivities and reflect on how good our lives are. Even if there are things going wrong, and we’re stressed about money, time, work, or anything else, we can be grateful for the many wonderful things we have in our lives.
Here’s a moment from me. I’m grateful that I have a loving family, a warm and comfy house, a car that works well, and technology so I can work and stay connected. I’m especially grateful for the freedom and liberties that I enjoy from the luck of being born into a western society. I’m grateful for you, my friends. Even though we haven’t met in person and probably never will, your companionship and interactions with me are an important part of my life. Oh, and I’m grateful I can share my fictional worlds with you. It’s an amazing feeling knowing there are others getting enjoyment out of my imagination.
Anyway, enough about me. How are you? What are your Christmas plans? I’m sure some of you are doing a big Christmas Eve dinner, and others a Christmas Day dinner. Maybe both! Leave me a comment and let’s exchange Christmas greetings.
Great words Kaitlyn!
Thanks Bradley! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas! What a great message to share and try to inspire others to do! There are many simple things we can do, get some friends together and go sing songs to those in nursing homes not just Christmas but sing songs that were popular during their youth.
That’s a great idea singing songs from their youth! I’m sure that would bring a smile to their faces and light up their day!
Merry Christmas Kaitlyn! The one thing I’m greatful for is that my two kids are in my life. My kids often show me that there is much to learn about life. I am greatful for the fact that I picked up writing as a need for me to express myself, especially after my divorce 3years ago. I am a naturally imaginative person, thinking of things on my mind to create like characters and stories. Maybe one day writing will become a career once I get skilled at it. For now I am just thankful to find a writing community that enjoys it like me.
It’s great that you’ve found writing such a creative and fun outlet! I hope it goes well this coming year and you can make it your full time gig! It’s also great that your kids have such a good effect on you. Merry Christmas!
Nice words, Kaitlyn.
I am on my way to have the first Xmas ever with my oldest (30) daughter. She has made me a grandfather twice. Felix is 3, and Sebastian is 1.5
I am showering them all with gifts today- be there, in Dayton, in an hour.
Their mom, Sarah, recently came home from Germany, where she was in the USAF!
I made, devilled eggs and a pot of bean soup to bring.
Hopefully it’s a hit.
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Awesome on your Christmas gathering with your family. I bet that’s exciting! Keep up your writing is there most important thing!
Merry Christmas and have a great New Year!
Awesome perspective, awesome heart, keep doing amazing things
Thank you, Jeran! I hope you and your family have a great Christmas!