I can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner! It seems just like yesterday that it was months and months away.
Christmas has always been a special time for me and my family. It's time for us to get together and revel in the holiday spirit, which always included going to the Christmas service. We were raised Christian (Lutheran to be exact) so every Christmas Eve night growing up we would go to church for the candlelight service and every Christmas morning we went to church to attend the Christmas Day service.
Christmas has always been a somewhat unique holiday for my family as well, since we are of Tanzanian heritage. We do Christmas a tad differently than most people. One thing from my childhood that stuck out the most to me looking back is that we couldn't open our gifts until AFTER dinner, which meant that we had to wait all day until about 8PM give or take an hour to open up our gifts. Talk about painful.
We would always spend Christmas with family friends and this was a time where my siblings and I got to learn more about our heritage and where we came from. Christmas is also a time where in recent years, my dad would tell us stories about our mother.
This will be the 8th year that I won't be able to celebrate Christmas with my mom, as she passed away in the summer of 2010. I always try to take time around the holidays to think of her, to remember the kind of person she was, so she knows that she will never be forgotten.
The holiday season is a time to check in with your friends and family and making sure that they know that someone is there for them. For some people, this time of year is especially tough, especially if they lost someone dear to them, so let's all do what we can to make sure no one feels alone.
With that being said, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holiday, and I ask you this: