My Holiday Tradition Is My Mom Working On Christmas To Take Care Of Your Loved Ones

My Holiday Tradition Is My Mom Working On Christmas To Take Care Of Your Loved Ones

My family makes a sacrifice during the holidays so you don't have a sad one.


Ever since I was about 12, my mom got a job as a nurse. As a health professional, her care for people does not stop after her clock out time. It comes home with her. Her worrying about certain patients when she is home. She calls the center on her days off to make sure everything is working smoothly so you do not get a phone call about your grandma or grandpa passing away.

My mom works on Christmas Day which means I spend about three hours of Christmas with one of my favorite people in the world.

My family stays up until Christmas Eve where we open all our presents. My mom wakes up minutes before midnight so she gets the maximum amount of sleep so she can be sharp at work. My mom is on her feet all day, running up and down the halls to make sure meds are given, shots are dispersed and families are happy. She has to deal with all the families that did not bother to show up the other 364 days of the year to visit their sick loved ones. The ones that claim they know better than my mom when it comes to taking care of their family member. Just let my mom do her job so she can go home with her family.

People tend to feel sorry for me when I tell them that my mom works on Christmas, but I am not sad. My mom has an important job, I get that. I also get that if it was not for police officers, firefighters, doctors, and nurses to work on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, then other people would have a sucky holiday.

So I want to take the time to thank people like my mom.

Please appreciate people who have to have work on holidays and be away from families. Take the time to be happy about being around your own family on the holidays. Appreciate the time you have with them. My mom sees so many sad days with people who passed away at her job so she knows first hand what it means to be grateful.

I wish we could have those all day celebrations with the Christmas parties and the gingerbread making and all that other basic stuff, but that does not mean that what we have is worse. It is just different and so are we. Which makes this our own tradition.

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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.


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.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

As well as this article by a fellow creator…

What You Learn Losing A Parent So Young

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