To my family and loved ones:

As December rolls in, I realize the holidays are quickly approaching. Every year around this time, I become excited for the time we will soon spend together catching up on life and making new memories. This year, sadness is setting in because getting together for the holidays isn’t as easy as it used to be, and we are struggling to find a time that will work for all of us.

Our families are growing. Some of us are dating, some of us are engaged, some of us are newlyweds, and some of us are new parents. Whatever it may be, our families are growing. Unlike years before, we are responsible for getting more than just ourselves to holiday gatherings. We are also now expected to go to holiday gatherings that we weren’t expected to be at in the past. If I could be two places at once, I definitely would, but we all know that isn’t possible. Instead of being upset that someone isn’t in attendance at the holiday gathering, I am going to be understanding and cherish the time I do get to spend with my family. Choosing which side of the family to go to isn’t the easiest decision.

Time is scarce. There is only one Christmas Eve and one Christmas Day in each year, so it isn’t possible to attend all these gatherings in the same day. Celebrating on another day has now become a tradition, but it’s still rather challenging to get everyone in the same location at once. As I’m busy with the hustle and bustle of my own life, I am realizing I need to take a moment to remember the importance of spending time with loved ones. Take this as a note to yourself, if possible, stop whatever you are doing when your scheduled holiday gathering occurs and make an appearance. The memories you make will be so worth it in the end.

Traditions will change. We all love gathering at Grandma and Grandpa’s for our annual holiday traditions, but someday, this tradition will change. Before I know it, I’ll have a family of my own, and my own mother will want to take over the role my grandmothers have played for so many years. When this day comes, sadness will set in as my holidays will no longer be filled with aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. However, a new tradition will soon come into play. Until this time comes, I am going to live in the present and enjoy the traditions I have known my entire life.

It’s time to wipe away the sadness and start bringing joy into the holidays. This year, instead of dwelling on the fact that we aren’t the small family that could easily get together, I am going to take time being thankful for the family members we have added. I am also going to stop my busy life to spend time with my family. Memories can be made in a matter of seconds, so even if I only get to spend a few seconds with my family, I will be grateful.