Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Blue Christmas

Christmas.

Jolly.  Red.  Green.  Shiny.  Bright.  Glowing.  Cozy.  Love. Family.  Joy.  Warm.
We all know how it goes.  The hustle and the bustle of the season.  Most of us complain but I think deep down, we wouldn't have it any other way.

As little children, we are excited beyond definition.  Some of us even suffered from "Christmas Sickness."  I know I did.

If we're lucky, we marry and have children of our own, or at least family and friends to join us in all of the festivities.  Every parent will understand this well defined description by my sister of what we do to our kids during the holidays: "We do our best to work them into a frenzy and then get mad at them when we've succeeded."

We carry on traditions or start our own.  It's a time of such fun and laughter.

Yet, there comes a time when a bit of that Christmas magic is taken away.  Perhaps we have lost a loved one, or a family member is serving in the military and can't be home, a recent divorce, or loss of a job.  Like many of you , I've suffered one or all of these.

So today, I'd like to acknowledge anyone that's feeling blue.  Please know you're not alone and not forgotten.  Christmas may never be the same but it can become good again.  Hang onto the memories of those you have lost, dream of their smiles and hugs.  If you can't be with those you love this Christmas, love the ones you're with.  If you don't have the "love of your life," love yourself.  You're worth it.  If you're without work, know people are praying for you.

I am going to end this by using Macy's sales pitch:

Believe

I do think this one word says it all.  Believe in yourself.  Believe in others.  Believe you can be happy again.  Believe in Santa.  Believe in miracles.  Believe in love.  Believe.

25 comments:

EG Wow said...

Super post, Jill. Not everyone is happy right now so it's important to acknowledge that.

I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Gloria said...

It is very hard not having any family down here foe Christmas! Maybe next year I will be living back up north! Glo

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Great post. I am a firm Believer and do believe things will get better. Last night my oldest sister calls me to ask is I had heard that my MOM was in the hospital. We are 5 and my Mom did not want us to know. Finally from calling so much my Dad told us what was going on. My 2 sisters and myself, and my niece all showed up to the emergency room. When my Mom saw us she became emotional. She is well now and was able to go home. But will have to be evaluated since she may have some minor internal bleeding. I Believe God will put his hand over her and make her well. I will not be with my youngest daughter this Christmas but I did have her for Thanksgiving. But I believe in making the best with what you have.
Thank you for the beautiful post.

Lynne said...

Thank you Jill. Wise, wise words and so very important to be reminded. Well said my friend . . .

Enjoy your family and love your moments together . . .
Merry Christmas . . .

BELIEVE . . . in goodness . . . kindness . . . joyfulness . . .
With love,
Lynne

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sweet words, Jill. :-) Christmas isn't always easy.

Ellie said...

Lovely post Jill, you have a lovely way with words. I couldn't have written anything as well as that.
I know of a lot of people who are suffering this Christmas. I too wish the best for everyone who is in any kind of pain as this time of year. Hugs to you all.

Buttons said...

Oh Jill I just want to hug you. What truly moving post. This is so true everyone has something. Keep close the memories of days gone by and hope for more down the line.
I will be thinking of you Jill. To all the people that can relate to this post reach out to someone and hugs do help. You are not alone. Take care Jill. :) B

Buttons said...

I forgot to say I believe. B

Judy said...

What a beautiful post Jill.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jill, just stopping in to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas... this is a wonderful post, I have been through all of those things at one time in my life, and I do so feel for all who are going through those now... I miss my loved ones who have passed on so much this time of year especially... "Believe"... such a powerful word... I believe... thank you for posting this... xoxo Julie Marie

Paula said...

Some very good words of advice here. You are a wise woman.

Debbie said...

what a beautiful post jill....i believe in santa, i believe in love. i believe we have two choices every morning when our feet hit the ground. that is, providing the feet hit the ground!!

TexWisGirl said...

wow, this was a great post. thank you, jill. :)

Madi and Mom said...

Jill you out did yourself with this beautiful post.
We love the picture.
Hugs Madi and Mom

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Donna said...

Oh, I am SO With you on all of this!
Believe...and it is SO magical!
Love you Friend!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
hughugs

Sharon said...

Very nice post, Jill. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Melodie said...

Terrific post! I hope it helps to remind us all to be a little kinder to those who may have sadness this time of year.

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Well said Jill. I have been working on a similar post, as it is so important to remember those going through difficult times during the holidays.

Michaele said...

One of my daughters heard something on the radio when we were driving about people who may be feeling down this time of year. She asked me why anyone wouldn't be happy at Christmas. I loved that she seriously didn't know.

Georgie Horn said...

Stopping by from Cindy Adkins' blog. Nice comment for this wonderful time of year! Come by for some holiday cheer!
http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2011/12/dancing-in-public-with-ipod.html

BlueShell said...

Lovely blog!
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

wow! what a brilliant post!
great thoughts! thank you.

here's wishing you a very merry Xmas!

Nancy Claeys said...

I think too much emphasis is placed on being happy during the holiday season. I strive for content and feeling rich in what I have -- great post, my friend. :)

Chatty Crone said...

My goodness I just love love love your blue Christmas. sandie