The True Meaning of Christmas

December 7, 2014

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Last week I started to get bogged down in holiday planning. Presents to buy, things to do, concerts to attend, renos to finish, work projects to complete. As my stress levels started to climb I decided to a) drink wine b) eat excessive amounts of chocolate almonds (which then got me stressed about holiday weight gain) and c) procrastinate on Facebook more often than usual.

That same night, in my Facebook feed, appeared the picture of a beautiful young woman. This woman was the little sister of a “friend of a friend”. This beautiful young woman (only 27 years young) had been bravely battling cancer for the past year and was sadly was nearing the end of her journey here on earth.

As I clicked through the posts and pictures written by her sisters and friends it became evident how deeply this woman was loved and how profoundly she had affected the lives of not only her family but so many friends as well. It quickly reminded me that the all the stress we put on ourselves this time of the year is really BS. Who cares if the tree isn’t perfect, or the renos don’t get done or we don’t grab the last “hottest toy of the season” because in the end, none of this really matters.

What really matters is what we have around us – our loved ones, our friends and our health. So I am dropping the stress and the expectations of the season. Instead of lamenting the size of my thighs I am going to be thankful that they help me race up and down mountains and that the lines on my face were earned by my 42 years here on earth. I am grateful for all of my friends and family and all the quality time I am going to spend with them this month.

And that beautiful young woman, sadly her journey ended yesterday and although I never met her I wanted to thank her for reminding me what is truly important. RIP Robin.




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  • Reply Brandy December 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    It really is easy to take for granted each and everyday we get. I should know all too well of how easily it could all be gone but I get bogged down just as much as the next person.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the young woman and her friends and family. 🙁

    • Reply Christine December 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks Brandy. I wish I could have known her, but am so thankful to her for reminding me of what is truly important.

  • Reply Carin Harris December 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Yes sad. Part of all our lives. This has been a tough year from many deaths of friends loved ones. They are at peace – it is we that suffer and hopefully eventually celebrate our own lives. Be good to yourself.

    • Reply Christine December 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      So sorry to hear of your losses Carin. Take care of you and those you love as well….

  • Reply Harriet December 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    My SIL said it best. “Christmas is about presence not presents.”

    • Reply Christine December 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      That’s lovely Harriet. Perfect saying…..

  • Reply Hannah December 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Amen. It’s easy to forget that in the crazy swept up world that Christmas can sometimes become. Family and friends are all that really matter!

    • Reply Christine December 7, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Amen sister!

  • Reply Julia a.k.a. Mama MOE December 7, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I have been feeling the same way. It’s a touching post, thank you for writing this.

    • Reply Christine December 8, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Thanks for the kind words Julia. Its amazing how someone you have never met can truly touch your life…..

  • Reply Janet December 8, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Thanks for writing this – such an important reminder. I was reminded of the same thing (although not to as serious a degree) this weekend when my daughter got sick. Nothing like being up in the night worrying about the people you love most to put all the unnecessary holiday craziness in perspective. I’m very sorry to hear abut Robin 🙁

    • Reply Christine December 8, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Awe. Hope your wee one is feeling better – its such a helpless feeling watching our loved ones suffer, no matter how big or small the illness is 🙁

    • Reply Christine December 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Patty December 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Beautifully written, thank you.

    • Reply Christine December 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks so much Patty – my heart just breaks for their family but I am so thankful for the reminder of what is truly important!

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