Christmas as a Young Adult

Christmas as a Young Adult

Even though Christmas is great, how do our views transition as we get older?
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With winter already here, Christmas subsequently follows. Like most people who observe the holiday, I have a Christmas tree up in my house with all the decorations up. Only this time, it is more of a background piece. I don’t think I’ve participated in setting it up in the last few years, either because of changing interests or because I was away.

And as for gifts, I transitioned from more extravagant gifts, such as a telescope which sits near my window, to something more practical. I found out I never really made use of them, and therefore e-mailed for a CD and more colored pencils to draw with. Yet with college students requesting for more practical things, such as “sleep” and “money”, I still want something special, something which can’t be received every day. Like fencing gear and world peace.

I looked to Christmas with anticipation when I was younger. I didn’t focus on the eggnog and kissing under the mistletoe because they weren’t highlighted in my immigrant family. However, then as is now, I looked forward to gifts, to food, to watching the myriad of basketball games on TV, and general joy.

These days, however, I find myself anticipating things less and less.

As I’ve observed, Christmas passes through a single day, and then the countdown resets again at 364 days. On the other hand, the time that stretches beforehand grows very long in my opinion. All for a special day.

Maybe it’s because I’ve grown up a little, read, and found out Christmas was not the only holiday celebrated during this time of year. Or the fact that the purpose of this holiday is up for debate on when it happened; the December 25th decided to be the day of Jesus’ birth was based on another Roman festival.

So, in a few years, when I establish a life of my own, would I end up celebrating the holiday?

With the pervasiveness of Christmas around most of the world, it would have to be a given. It’s fun to observe the fun of snow, or hang out in the sun on the other side of the Equator, and eat. Not to mention, my family grew up with the holiday as a Christian family; to surrender it now as it transitions might be off-putting, if not isolating myself. And of course, getting things, even though one day, I will be able to afford them.

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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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