This past weekend, we decorated for Christmas. Our trees went up, wreaths were hung on doors, and music played through the house; all to welcome in the season. I love this time of the year! The colors, the sounds, and the smells are all a part of what makes it…wonderful.
After all, who doesn’t love spending time with their family and friends, shopping for the perfect gift, or baking their favorite holiday dessert? Yet, during all of this merriment, I can’t help, but feel sad. Is the Christmas season really the most wonderful time of the year?
For me, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is bittersweet. There are many things that make me happy, but there is also a somber feeling in the air. Maybe it is knowing another year is almost over and that I’m year older. As I reflect on the past 12 months, I think about the loved ones I lost and the loved ones I gained; the good times and the bad; and the struggles I overcame. While Christmas decorations do bring a smile to my face, they are also melancholy. The various ornaments, garlands, and more remind me of past trips, special moments, and childhood.
Christmas may be bittersweet, but the season gives me a chance to look back and reminisce. In addition, it is a sign that we survived another year and that we are stronger, braver, and hopefully more caring. To me, Christmas will always be the most wonderful and saddest time of the year.