Christmas, A Time Of Celebration And Reflection

Christmas, A Time Of Celebration And Reflection

Christmas is said to be one of the most joyful holidays all year, however this celebratory day can also remind people of better times during the past.

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Christmas. A day that most people, young and old, look forward too.

Children wake up bright and early, practically ecstatic to rip all of the wrapping paper off their presents. Meanwhile, the older people, teenagers and adults alike, are more relaxed as they open their gifts and are most likely enjoying being around their loved ones more than opening gifts. It is not hard to see, but as one ages, their Christmas experience changes with them.

First and foremost, the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. That is the meaning that everyone, no matter their age, should be focusing on. While the true meaning of Christmas remains with someone their whole life, how they feel and their thoughts on Christmas Day become different as they age.

The first few sentences in this article serve as an example of this theory. Children are eager to run to their living rooms and see what Santa left them under their Christmas trees. Teenagers and adults know the truth about Santa, but still enjoy opening gifts and focusing on the togetherness of family and friends that Christmas Day brings.

Some people feel happy emotions because they are with their loved ones, while others might be thinking of Christmas's past when certain family members were still with them. This is something I see some of my family members do, including myself. To further explain, my mom has a lot of Christmas decorations and I mean A LOT. The term "a lot" is almost an understatement.

However, she didn't actually purchase the majority of the decorations she has. Most of them were given to her by family members. This means, when my mom decorates for Christmas, it's almost like going back in time. Seeing my great grandmother's angel on the tree, the small multicolor ornaments of my other great-grandparents and my still living, great grandmother's tall nutcrackers bring back memories of people from Christmas past. Every year as I look around my living room during December, I am reminded of these family members and my memories I had with them. Some family members mentioned I didn't even meet face to face, but I already feel a connection with them through the stories I've heard and by seeing their possessions in my house.

My mom often calls Christmas the best and the hardest time of the year. It serves as a day of many purposes. It brings people together, hopefully causes people to be more thankful for their friends and family, and is all around a joyous day. With that being said, it can also be a hard day.

Seeing your family all together reminds you of whose missing. Telling stories of Christmas past refreshes people's memory of someone that might not be here anymore. So sure, Christmas is a great holiday that I look forward to celebrating every year, but as I age, I've learned that how I celebrate it changed.

The importance of the material gifts I receive start to fade away and I find myself feeling overjoyed by being with my family and surrounded by people I love and those I know who love me. Sometimes though, as I look around my living room and see all my family member'ss passed down decorations, I start to think, what would Christmas be like if they were still here?

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'That 70's Show' Christmas Episodes, Ranked

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Last week, I ranked The Office's Christmas episodes, so this week I'm going to rank the episodes from That 70's Show, my favorite show as a teenager. Still with the highest number being the best because of how this website works.

1. Winter (Season 7)

The show peaked in seasons 5 & 6, so while this episode has some great moments, it just doesn't measure up to the others on this list. Not to mention the Jackie & Hyde drama was a real downer.

2. The Best Christmas Ever (Season 1)

The first season's Christmas episode also has some classic moments, but the comedy just wasn't as strong in the earlier seasons.

3. Hyde's Christmas Rager (Season 3)

The Christmas party at Hyde's place was great, however, the Jackie & Donna plot feels a little lacking compared to some of the other Christmas episode plots.

4. An Eric Foreman Christmas (Season 4)

I tend to skip season 4 because Eric and Donna's breakup was hard on me, but this is a really good Christmas episode. Not to mention, Kelso's Christmas special is everything.

5. Christmas (Season 6)

This episode has everything. Red as Santa, Jackie and Hyde being adorable, the school dance, Eric finally being popular, Donna's bacon, and Fez with the bullies. And the TNT scene. Everything a Christmas special should be.

So there you go. Enjoy your holiday bingewatch!

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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