“The best gift around the Christmas Tree is the presence of family, wrapped in love.”
Every year, the Christmas celebration that I look forward to the most is the Family Christmas. My Dad’s extended family gathers at my house, all nineteen of us. We exchange gifts, laughs, and love.
Over the last few weeks, I have experienced a lot of loss. My boyfriend and I were talking about the kind of days we would want to have if we knew we only had a few days left. My first reaction was that these are the kind of days I would want. Being able to have family around me is a beautiful thing. Even sitting in a movie theater with them the other day, I realized that many of the people that care most about me were all sitting with me in the same room at the same time. While there were several people from the other side of my family missing, it is an incredible experience being able to experience a holiday and be with so many family members all at once.
I am so fortunate in that I have family that loves and supports me throughout my entire life. For those that are without family this Christmas, find someone to be with. Make a new friend. Cuddle an animal and give it kisses. We make our own family, and it does not have to be blood.
I’m thankful every single day for the family that I have and the family we have created. We support each other and love each other and that is the most important thing in this world.