Traditionally, this is the time of year for holiday cheer and thinking about those you love.
However, I am becoming increasingly aware that not everyone feels cheer and joy at this time of year. Sometimes immense sadness and paralysis is all you can feel when you’re faced with the death of a loved one, a divorce, or other sad circumstance. Even the happy faces staring back at you on Facebook and the countless holiday cards you receive are enough to make you resent all of that “cheer.” Being sensitive to the feelings of others doesn’t mean you need to stop being cheerful, it just means you need to patient and kind and loving. An extra hug can go a long way – take a moment to give one if you can.
Personally, I am in a much better place this year. Last year at this time, I couldn’t face Christmas without having my college son at home. This year, it’s much better. I’ve already done this once and I know he’ll be home and we’ll have a nice Christmas. And that’s just it – I know he’ll be home soon. And I know I am so fortunate.
My heart goes out to the many families affected by senseless shootings and other violence this year. I wish you joy in the small moments of silence and memory – and in those things that bring you peace.
In your honor, I’m sharing some music to help you ring in the holiday season. The Carol of the Bells in two versions: all cello and all voice. Think of it as a big hug – one that I wish I could give you in person.
The Piano Guys: Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos)
Pentatonix “Carol of the Bells”
UPDATE: Here’s one more version – all basketballs! From Kids and Keys blog: