The Importance Of Family During holidays

The Importance Of Family During holidays

Because there's more to Christmas than the gifts
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The holidays aren't all about the materialistic gifts or how much you get; the holiday season is all about the gift of family.

My family is the definition of a loving family, a gift that lasts forever. The holiday events are always extravagant, with my mother's family flying in, as well as my father's. Cousins that you rarely see and ones that gather all of the time are gifts that make the holidays joyful. These connections give the season that joyful, warm feeling that everyone looks forward to at Christmas.

Family is the most important gift because they are the ones that know everything about us and accept us regardless of our mistakes. They will always support you, have your back, and love you unconditionally. Family is the foundation of a great holiday season, because they are the ones who support us and will love us unconditionally. During the holidays, this encouragement is what we need most after a long, stressful semester.

1. Family gives us a support system

Family members help support our dreams and never let you fall. Family members may be caught up in their own life; however, they will be willing to help in situations and do anything to lift you up when you are down. Friends may come and go, but your family will be by your side through thick and thin.

2. Unconditional love

Family will always see the best in you no matter what others see in you. They will have faith in all of the changes that you will go through. Family will loves you through the good and bad. The love of a family member will surpass any other earthly love you could grasp.

Not everyone has the pleasure of being with their loved ones for the holidays. When time is hard, don't cancel out the ones that you love because they could be gone the next day. Family encounters not only give children positive experiences, but also play a large part in a happy life. The connection you have with family is a bond that is undeniable.

Families that spend time together, build solid connections, and respect one another are able to cope with personal and family crisis more effectively than ones with weaker family bonds. Everyone goes through rough times with their families, but when it's time to come together, everyone in the family will support, encourage, and love.

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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Poetry on Odyssey: Broken Girl

He held her up

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and then one day, she stopped pursuing the things of this world

she picked up God's armor

prepared herself with the spirit's sword

and from then on, God never let go of her

she stumbled often

He held her up

sometimes she doubted

He taught her to trust

she would stress over how to win the battles

He would reassure her that peace would soon be restored

while she was fretting over those small battles,

He'd already won the war

through every hardship he was with her

whenever she felt alone, he reminded her that she was not

whenever she began trusting in herself, He reminded her to surrender

a love as great as the Lord's could never be bought

she deserved no grace at all

but he blessed her beyond compare

He always listened when she called

lifted her burdens when she cast her cares

she does the best she can to devote her life to Him

and though she falls short of his glory

he loves her and sees beauty when all she sees is a girl who's broken

He keeps her going because His mercies are new every morning


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