Why We Miss Loved Ones More Around Christmas Time

Angels Are Always Above Us, Watching And Protecting, But Christmas Reminds Us How Much They're Missed On Earth

Maybe it is not the most wonderful time of the year because if it was, you would be here.

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Each day as you grow older your Christmas list's becomes shorter and shorter. Mainly because the things you want can't be bought anymore. If you are experiencing another holiday without your loved ones, you know how true that is.

With the season rapidly coming up, I can't shake off these feelings of you not being here. Whether it has been a couple months, a couple years, or a couple decades, the reality is that you are not here anymore.

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year, and it always was. It was never about the presents under the tree. It was always about how a family unites into a whole and shares so much happiness and joy. Each year the holiday's are constantly changing and traditions are not being followed. Mainly, because our missing loved ones left a hole in our hearts, and nobody wants to continue the traditions without them.

So, the happiness and joy slowly start to fade away.

Every holiday season without you does not get easier. There is still a void in our hearts, that seem to never get filled. There is one less person who gets to open their Christmas presents, one seat left empty, one slice of pie not going to be eaten, one less person to hold hands with each other to say the prayer, one less person to text Merry Christmas and one less smiling, joyful face to see at the holiday time.

As the holiday's approach, you now have an angel ornament on your Christmas tree, you now might have an angel as your tree topper and angel decorations in your front yard. It is the little things you start to notice, those things are the things that let you know you will be OK this holiday season.

Christmas feels like a shattered piece of glass in your skin because you are no longer here to give us our hugs and Christmas kisses. Even though this is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, it is now indeed less merry and bright.

Though you are no longer here, I must remain thankful and cherish those who remain in my life because that is what Christmas is all about. Holiday's will never be the same without you, and you will never be forgotten. You will forever be in my heart every day of the year.

I have confidence you are up in heaven celebrating with your passed loved ones, and celebrating with those angels who are far away from home as well. I have confidence you are at peace, which helps guide me through this holiday season as well.

I know you'll be with us in spirit this holiday season.

Merry Christmas to all the angels who were a little far from home this Christmas.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.
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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)

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I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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