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The Christmas Experience

Merry Christmas and Welcome to Caregiver Friday!!

I personally don’t celebrate Christmas, but there is something extraordinary about the time and effort put into the holiday season.  I was watching a program about Christmas in New York and there’s a restaurant (I think it was called Rolf’s) where four men take six weeks to decorate every inch of the restaurant…that’s dedication.

It’s not only the malls, but the specials on television, the smell of baking in people’s houses, and the feeling of community that makes the holiday special.  We went and delivered cookies to our neighbors last night and just got to spend a little time connecting.  Why is this important? 

During the year we’re all so busy especially if you’re caring for someone who is ill, that not connecting with someone over and emergency brings a sense of calm.  It’s the connection beyond the necessary.  Connecting with people without needing anything is the true blessing.  You can get back to needing them for help, encouragement, or whatever else you may rely on our neighbors for, but for this one day maybe it should be about connection.

It’s interesting because I was all caught up in following Santa’s journey from NORAD (the military defense group).  Every so often I would wonder where in the world was Santa and if I went to the website I could see where Santa was at any given moment.  This is the other part of the experience of the holiday…anticipation. 

Since you’ve become a caregiver/wellness partner your anticipation has been over things that weren’t pleasant, doctor’s visit’s, test results, or even worse an emergency hospital visit.  Having something to experience where there’s excitement without stress is a great feeling.  I know it may only be temporary, but if you think about it, life is temporary so why not take those small gifts and really experience them.

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a Happy Kwanza, and a great New Year.  Take the time to connect and experience the joyful anticipation that comes with the holiday!

Peace and Blessings to you all!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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