Sometimes My Family Was Poor Around The Holidays, But That Didn't Change The Meaning Of Christmas

Sometimes My Family Was Poor Around The Holidays, But That Didn't Change The Meaning Of Christmas

It’s being around people you care about and being nice to one another that matters.
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When I was younger, my family was very poor. We weren’t always poor though. We had different stages of wealth, which happens to a middle-class family in America. We had times where we were okay. We could afford to buy groceries, we could have internet, we could afford to have two cars.

Then there were times where neither of my parents had jobs, we had maybe one car that needed to be fixed but we couldn’t afford the parts and we were living off of government-issued food stamps. It always seemed like a limbo of making things work, like my parents were standing on a balancing beam between working enough to afford everything and being too poor to make it.

During our hard times, this made Christmas difficult.

Some years, when my parents were doing very well, it was obvious by the gifts we would get. One year, my dad bought us a DVD player that could play five discs. I couldn’t believe my eyes when he brought out that big box from under the Christmas tree. Was this what it was like for well-off families who could buy their kids huge toys every year?

Then there were years where it was obvious that we didn’t have a lot of money. The presents were smaller and they were cheaper. I knew my parents were trying to make it work. They wanted us to at least get something for Christmas, despite not having a lot to give. After a while, I noticed we’d get more candy in our stockings over presents because a bag of candy was cheaper than a bunch of DVDs and CDs.

At the time, I cared a lot more about what I’d get each year than the holiday itself and I stopped liking the holiday altogether because it made me feel so disappointed. It wasn’t fair to my parents that I felt this way because they were doing the best they could, but I was too young to realize that.

Now, I’ve understood those years and have learned to love this holiday not just for the presents you get on Christmas Day, but for how much culture and history is in Christmas. I love all of the traditions and hearing all of the different ways people celebrate this holiday. I love learning about legends and Christmas songs and watching all of the Christmas movies.

There are so many things going on during this time that I can’t help but to want to experience it all. I think Christmas is now my favorite holiday because I’ve realized that the presents don’t really matter in the end.

It’s being around people you care about and being nice to one another that matters.

And I feel like people are just nicer to each other during the holidays. Maybe it’s just me. But if you’re worried about what you’ll get this year, don’t be. The most important thing is who you spend it with and how you spend it.

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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

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52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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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.

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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


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…

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