A Reason To Celebrate
Another is about to end. It has been another year of living the lives we were destined to be. It’s a year jaded with a mixture of happiness and sadness, of success and failure, of loss and gain, of joy and tears, of love and heart breaks, of dreams reached, of prayers answered, of goals achieved, of battles won, of trials that made us stronger and better individuals.
Whatever journeys we had, just the thought that we are still here, standing and ready to face another year, is more than a reason to celebrate and be thankful for another year of earthly existence.
Last weekend , my family and I were at the Festival Of Lights at the Moody Gardens in Galveston Island. It was in itself a celebration of the bright optimism and happiness that the Holiday brings. The lights were shaped in so many forms, some to tell a story while others to bring about awe and wonder. Overall, the lights were beautiful. They bring about a sense of joy and hope.
Celebrating Another Year Of Journey
Some parts of this year had been rough and stormy for my family. We faced some economic challenges that at one point made me say to my wife, “I’m just tired.” I can relate to what most Americans feel today from the uncertainty of a job, to the never-ending bills, to the financial stress of keeping an undervalued property. It was a tough year but having to survive it all calls for a celebration, at least for me and my wife.
Against fears and uncertainties, my wife and I persevered. With love, prayers and support of family, we slowly overcome each stone and obstacle. As Christmas closely reach its much awaited day of celebration, a ray of light is slowly replacing the gloom that clouded my world for the past few weeks. In my heart, I know that the miracle I prayed for will come like a gift from heaven on Christmas Day.
Celebrating The Story Of Christmas
I remember the “ Story of Christmas ” being told to me by my parents year after year during the Holiday season. It is a story of the struggles of the Holy family against the harsh realities of life. At the time when the mother of the chosen Saviour was to give birth, everyone rejected them. They were poor , broke and wandering in the cold.
Finally, a man took pity and offered his stable where he kept his animals. It is in this most humbling of all places that an infant was born. This infant would one day be the light of the world. What struck me the most in this story was that when at the time when the Holy family had nothing materially, they actually had everything because they had each other . It was faith and love that sustained them in their lowest moment.
As the couple looked at their son’s face, the baby smiled. At that very instant, all forms of hardship were replaced by pure joy. A joy that only comes in knowing you are blessed with a family that loves you no matter what.
Celebrating Love And Our Families
Several light formations were depicting the different kind of families. In most of them, there were the father , mother and the offspring. The images reminded me that this is a season to celebrate our friends and family who throughout the years had been a significant part of our lives. At the time when I felt empty and lost, it was the love of my wife and son that sustained me during those troubled times.
This is the season to celebrate the love we experienced and shared for this year. This is the time to thank those people who loved us despite of. This is the time for me to celebrate the two people who inspired me everyday, my wife and son.
Celebrating The Holidays
As the season turned festive, with colors red, green and gold dominating the theme of every decor, we can’t help but feel the spirit of giving. As the lights glistened, so are our hearts.
The Holidays bring about the “Santa” in us. Most are in a cheerful mood to give presents and make others happy. This is a time that most kids look forward to. I used to count the days when I can get my present under my parent’s Christmas tree. Now, I see the same excitement in my son’s eyes as he eagerly waits for his “Santa” wish list to come true.
Last year on Christmas Day, my son was overjoyed that Santa ate half of the cookie he left for him close to the fireplace before he went to bed. He then looked under the fireplace wondering how Santa went through the narrow opening.
After admiring the lights , my wife helped my son make some delicious S’mores. The warmth of the fire felt so good and comforting on a cold Winter night.
Celebrating Childhood And The Happiness It Brings
Kids laughter filled the air as they made snowballs and throw it to each other. My son’s face glowed so happily. If there’s one thing that he loves to do, that’s playing with other children. I would catch him looking at me with a “naughty smile” before releasing the snowballs in the air.
As we all get busy for the holidays, let us not forget that it’s not about how expensive the gifts are but on how much thought and heart we put into it.
One day, my wife asked me, “What do you want for Christmas?” I replied, “I just want peace of mind and happiness.” She looked at me quietly for a few seconds then smiled. I knew she wished for the same.
Happy Holidays to everyone. What is your reason for celebrating?
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