Friday, December 23, 2016

The magic of Christmas - By Michelle Libby

The holiday is upon us. We have been waiting for this for months, well, some of us have, others have been dreading all of the last minute cooking, gift purchasing and wrapping and the hustle and bustle of the last week before Christmas. 

I think it’s time we all stopped and took a collective breath. Christmas is a time of rejoicing and connecting with family and friends. I love this time of year because it gives me the opportunity to devote time to spending with my family and friends. I am forced to step back, put down my phone and concentrate on playing games, building Lego trains and continuing family traditions. 

I’ve found myself tell my older children about things that they did in the past. Most stories they don’t remember, but they find it amusing to hear about their excitement and the silly things they did. It’s great to sit with them and watch Christmas movies while we wrap presents. It really is a joy to have them home with us. 

I watched videos of soldiers reuniting with their families after long deployments overseas. It brought tears to my eyes. I’m so thankful that my Marine went to war and returned. Thank you to all of the families in our communities who share their brave soldiers with us. When they are overseas, they are there for all of us. They make their families proud and we owe them a debt of gratitude. 

If your family is all under one roof this year, hug them. Tell them that they are loved. Be thankful for what you have because there are some who have less. 

To those who are homeless and cold this holiday, I hope you are able to find warmth, a job and resources to get you back on your feet. 

To those who have experienced loss, I hope you have the support of family and friends. I hope you know that your loved one, be it human or furry, is looking down on you, watching and sending love your way. 

Christmas is a great time of year. Be happy, healthy and thankful. From all of us at The Windham Eagle, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy 2017.

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