Christmas is a time that reminds us how everyday we need to count the blessings we are given. It is a time that shows, despite the ugly going on, that there is a strong sense of goodwill within every person. People are a little nicer, more patient, more kind. Christmas time is a time to get back to the heart of what this season represents. When we tell someone “Merry Christmas,” it isn’t just in reference to celebrating the Christian messiah, it is so much more.
Telling someone “Merry Christmas” is a way to tell someone, even a stranger, the hope they are surrounded by love and kindness. The hope they have a great end to the year — and better tomorrow — despite whatever negative they may have experienced. “Merry Christmas” is to wish someone well with lots of joy sprinkled in. “Merry Christmas” is hope, it’s love… for people.
Christmas time isn’t something that is just for Christians. Christmas time is for the world. This is a time to remember that we are all centered around our family, and even if it is for just one day during a special time of year, that there is more LOVE than hate in the world.
This time of year for me is a time of reflection. It is a time where I take a step back and look at all of the good, and of course the not so good, that came to be this year. For three years my husband and I went through numerous infertility treatments. There were a lot of times where we almost gave up on those treatments and doctor visits, not just because of the money, but because of the toll it was taking on me physically and mentally.
Coming to terms that between all of the poking, prodding, and intrusive procedures being done to investigate the root cause as to why we were not conceiving was the deep fear that we may not be able to have a child of our own. It was a sad time for us. We truly wanted a child, and we might not have that opportunity. That fear changed me; it changed us as a couple for the better.
Then, last year, we were blessed with the birth of our boy. That experience has made us better parents, it has made us more patient people in general. Even when our son is in the middle of a huge crying fit and we’re exhausted, there is that knowledge that we could have not had him. It makes me happy to have family by my side who I love and adore.
My little boy is 16 months old and discovering the wonders of this time of year. Mostly through biting or by ripping things apart. While a handful of Christmas tree ornaments will need superglue, that’s okay, it’s Christmas! I thought I would never know the joys of a baby at this time of year. It’s a special one for me. It’s this powerful love that we have for our baby that makes everyday, especially Christmas, so magical.
“Merry Christmas” is one phrase that I know when my son is old enough to say it, that he will understand the depth of what it means. So for all of you, whether you celebrate this holiday or not, whether you have children or not, if you are younger or older, male or female, married, single, whatever, whomever, and wherever… MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Written by: Pamela Witham
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