What To Remember During The Holidays

What To Remember During The Holidays

Some don't have a home for the holidays.
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Tis the season,

The Holidays are among us now, and seemingly everyone is in a festive mood. From the lights outside homes to the Christmas trees in living rooms, we see the festivities of the season arising… but the "holidays" is just a jumble of empty words and boxes to the people with no one to go home to or even a home to go to.

Many little girls and boys have their Christmas list ready and are just waiting in anticipation to see Santa Claus. Other children who don't celebrate Christmas are still looking forward to the gifts they will get during the Holiday season…. But to the children not fortunate enough to have rich families or any family, they just hope for the best from people who have the ability to give. They don't expect giant gestures or a big family meal, but if they were to get a single present wrapped in decent paper, a smile would be brought to their face.

Young adults are making their ways home for the season. They look forward to time away from school and the home cooking of their parents. Some may do no traveling or some may go over seas, but nearly all are trying to see their parents and siblings in time for festivities… but some aren't lucky enough to have parents to go back to. Some experience too many words of hatred, or were expected to be gone by eighteen, so now they are stuck alone during the holiday season. They truly cherish the short amount of time they have with their friends and the company of anyone in this time.

Grown ups are now starting to wrap presents, get ready for parties, and are decorating their homes for the holiday. They have the stress of making everyone's Christmas perfect, but they have the smiles and words of gratitude of others keeping them moving and excited… But some people have nothing to look forward to or anyone they want to see happy during this time. They hope for the best, or a chance encounter so that they can feel the holiday sprit.

The Holidays are a grand time. It's full of happiness and smiles, gifts and presents, food and travels… but when you have no one the holidays mean little. The sadness of being alone hurts far more during the holidays and you can't seem to ignore the relationships of others. So for the people lucky enough to have loved ones, cherish your time with your family, but don't forget there are people who are not as lucky as you.

May your Holidays be happy and may your heart be ready for giving.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

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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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